Posted by Gary Keen on August 18, 2015
Most people who enjoy hunting and fishing as a pastime also tend to be aware of the environment to some degree. However many do not realise that it’s their very activities which are carried out in areas which are ecologically fragile that can actually destroy the environment they love so much and want to protect. Taking care of the environment is very important and is the responsibility of each and every one of us, which is why today we bring you five tips to protect the environment while you are outdoors.
Before you set off on a hunting or angling trip, you should be aware of others and the location you find yourself. No matter what method is used to corner your prey, from pointing a loaded gun at an unsuspecting victim or stalking the elusive wild trout, it is important to consider the safety of others. The number one rule of firearm safety – always keeping you muzzle pointed in a safe direction – can also be applied to the art of angling. It ensures the safety of those around you, and limits the possibility of someone being injured because of your lack of focus. Let everyone else enjoy the environment as you are.
Plan ahead, and prepare
Research the area before you go so you know what to expect. Prepare for extreme weather conditions, whether that’s hot or cold or wet or windy, you need all the essentials to make sure you’re safe and dry throughout your trip. You should also see what the hunting and fishing regulations are for the area; there’s no point arriving in your desired location and finding your trip to be cut short because of restrictions.
Take all your rubbish home
This fits with preparation too – ensure you take enough rubbish bags to remove any trace of yourself from the area. Leaving plastic bottles and food containers is irresponsible and unfair on the environment – you may even earn yourself a bad reputation within popular hunting/fishing circles.
Make sure you dispose of your waste correctly and try and recycle where you can – protecting the environment doesn't just end after you've finished your hunt.
However, make sure you don’t remove anything that you find. You could be disrupting an animal’s home or shelter, so make sure you don’t keep every stick or stone as a memento. Try not to build too many forts either – you should take a sturdy enough tent or awning to keep you dry during your trip. Although it’s great to be at one with nature, you should always respect your surroundings as much as possible.
As a hunter or angler, you will already be in touch with nature and understand the traits and characteristics of certain animals. However, it’s important to remember that there are other species and wildlife, so research any endangered animals before you go; this means you’re prepared. It also allows you to build your knowledge of the area you’re visiting and gives you the opportunity to teach others whilst you’re there.
You should also ensure you know what the stance on camp-fires is, especially if you’re travelling to a new area or hunting spot. Fires can be terrifying for many animals and can leave devastating effects on the environment, so make sure you know exactly what you’re doing.
Source: Leave No Trace