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7 Worst Offenses in Hunting Etiquette

by Steven Rinella   |  December 27th, 2011 21

We define a break in hunting etiquette as “an action by one male to another male friend which violates understood social expectations, especially where the transgressor obtains a slight advantage in comparison with a relatively large inconvenience imposed upon the aggrieved party.”

The world of hunting is full of them. Here are some of the most egregious examples.

  • good neighbor

    its time for a flat tire

  • Karl Wendtland

    He never hunts with me again. Period!

  • Andrew

    Seems like this article was written by a big city hunter with little idea of what egregious hunting ettiquette violations truly are. Stealing other hunters equipment left in the field, blinds, stands & decoys is a "dick" move. Taking "sound" shots and shooting at ranges you have not sited your fireaam or bow in for is a "dick" move.

    Articles like this are the reason I will never subscribe to this magazine

    • Fred

      Stealing is a dick move in general, not unique to hunting.

      My contributions;

      Using your rifle scope to search for deer…major dick move.

      Having a cow because some dude wanders in front of your stand.

      Lingering in front of some dude's stand.

  • M. Scanlon

    Andrew sounds like he lives and hunts in western PA

  • desert shellback

    We all know the pitfalls of outdoor sports and drinking. This example has a broader context. Getting "lit" inspires the event. The woozy gathering of gear,a few winks of "sleep",getting behind the wheel of a vehicle and driving on public hiways,launching a boat or float tube into freezing waters with loaded or soon to be loaded firearms…..puts everyone at risk……you,your hunt partner,innocent travelers,the rescue….sorry,the recovery team that is called out.

    My dad got "inspired" many times this way. Luckily no tragedies but it made for lousy memories.

  • Mike

    Full agreement Andrew…

  • Nancy

    Just a side note, good manners, and poor etiquette, not just for men…we women hunters have put up with a lot of that stuff, too……….if we respect ourselves fully, those good manners and respecting other hunters would be a lot more commonplace

  • Sherrill Philip Neese

    This is an excellent article and a good starting point for discussions on etiquette issues. I can think of a few more to add…. :-) Most of these are "deer/elk camp" issues.
    - Being a jerk around others
    - Not paying your fair share of the costs
    - Getting drunk at camp
    - Whining
    - Complaining (There is a difference)
    - Steeling gear/tree stands
    - Talking over everybody
    - Wounding deer and not wanting to spend a lot of time looking for them
    - Killing a deer and then not wanting it. Always trying to give it someone else. Now wanting to do the work to take care of it or just don't want the meat.
    - Not wanting to share in the driving
    - Not doing the fair share of the work
    - Showing up late and walking through/by people's deer stands as you get to your own
    - Constantly gossiping or spreading rumors about other hunters
    - Stirring up trouble in camp
    - Being bossy
    - Being a pig in or around other people's stands (littering, defecating, urinating, spitting tobacco juice, busting items, etc)

    I could add a few more, but I think that is enough for now. ;-)

    • Ron


  • david johnston

    knowing someone has a NICE buck pinpointed,and moving in on them just about time deer are due to move!!! now thats a DICK MOVE!!!!!

  • Ron Boehme

    Those are frustrating but not the 7 worse. being asked to take someones friend, brother, or other person you dont know on a trip. especially a morning in a duck blind

  • jhjimbo2000

    don't ever take someone to 'your spot' if you don't want them going there on their own.

  • Diane Baxter Hassinger

    I agree with most of your offenses, but I would not call most of them Hunting Etiquette. Not breaking is the boots is just plain stupidity, sleeping in-leave them behind. Tagging a deer that you did not shoot is more a breach of hunting etiquette, as is walking in on a hunter that was in position before daylight..

  • Zombie Sniper

    My favorite was the puke from the west side who didn't have permission. His son shot directly in my brother-in-laws direction. The bro-in-law was right out in the open with his orange vest on. He was so P.O.'ed he just headed for the truck. I went over and asked the guy what in tarnation they were thinking. His reply = "My son has a doe tag. Didn't you see that doe run across the field?"

  • Wes

    Just of curiosity, What brings you to that conclusion?

  • MadDog2047

    The worse that I have seen is when I showed a "FRIEND" one of my favorite deer hunting location during a pre-season scout. Then the day before opening day, my "FRIEND" showed up uninvited or announced with five of his friends. Then all of these noobs decided to sight in their rifles in camp!! However, I had no one to blame but myself for trusting this "FRIEND". I was so angry that I had to leave and go to another location. Needless to say, I never showed him another good location or hunted with him again.

  • Jerry allen, AL

    Not a big problem where i hunt, becaue if you don't own or lease land you don't have no place to hunt. This area in alabama has no public land with in a decent drive.

  • @dkmvs_com

    Copying the Urban Dictionary's definition of "dick move" is itself a dick move. Nevertheless, in our quest to be the #1 dick move site on the internet, we've added this post to our extensive collection.

  • Gene Harrison

    Why would you hang out with someone that would even consider any of these habits to begin with?

  • Adrian

    hey quick question: at what age of a deer can they be hunted.. this guy i know killed one but it looked like it barely had nubs for antlers

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