Course Outline

Fair chase rules make sure hunters have no unfair advantage over wild game by balancing the skills and equipment of the hunter with the abilities of the animal to escape. The rules of fair chase are defined by law, regional preferences, and personal choice.

  • Fair chase emphasizes self-restraint and skills development.
    • Fair chase is primarily defined by individuals and their level of hunting ability.
    • Expert hunters may use more restrictive and less effective techniques than novice hunters.
  • Fair chase rules include banning the use of vehicles, airplanes, and radios; electronic calling; or shooting in a fenced enclosure. Many states have made these rules into law.
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