From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Code of Outdoor Ethics

Responsible behavior in natural and rural areas



1. Respect the property of rural residents and ask before using it. Save fences, close gates and bars, go around planted fields.

2. People, livestock, trees, and birds were never meant to be target-practice backstops.

3. Respect the law. Catch enough legal fish to eat and then stop.

4. Clean up your camp. Don't litter the highway with trash.

5. Finish what you start. Carelessness with fires is cussedness.

6. Leave the flowers and shrubs for others to enjoy.

-- Seth E. Gordon (1890-1983), conservation director for the Izaak Walton League of America.

Quoted from Shafer's Universal Scrap Book, by Jacob H. Shafer. Published in 1945 by The Shafer Speech Service, Sunbury, PA.

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2 comments:

Scoutmaster Steve B. said...

This sounds very similar to the Outdoor Code of the Boy Scouts.

As an American, I will do my best to be clean in my outdoor manners, to be careful with fire, to be considerate in the outdoors, and be conservation minded.

Steve B
http://melrosetroop68.org/blog.html

Genevieve said...

Welcome to the blog, Steve. That code seems like simple common sense to most hunters, campers, etc. who appreciate and frequently enjoy the Great Outdoors. There are always a few, though, who could use some education, and I guess they're the ones this Code of Outdoor Ethics was written for.

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