We at Zamberlan believe that hunting is a great and extremely valuable privilege. We believe that only through responsible hunting can this privilege endure. We also believe that every hunter has a role and duty towards responsible hunting and we aim to promote the principles of this concept.
Our reasons to support responsible hunting are based not only on tradition but also ethical and practical foundations. The shortcomings of the modern industrial food complex are extreme (animal welfare, poor nutrition, environmental neglect, et cetera), while the benefits of organic and free-range wild game are undeniable (animal welfare, nutritional content per calorie, free-range, organic, et cetera). Likewise, the pressure to exploit wildlands is incessant, while hunting conservation efforts work tirelessly to maintain our precious resources, including the game we hunt.
Today’s responsible hunter understands that hunting and sustainability go hand-in-hand. We understand that hunting is part of the solution, not the problem, to issues in our food supply and our environment.
Zamberlan works with groups like Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Mule Deer Foundation, and also participates in the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo and other events towards protecting our privilege and promoting responsible hunting. The responsible hunting standards to which we hold ourselves and which we promote include:
Safety. We believe responsible hunters complete hunter safety training and are well versed in the proper and safe use of firearms and other tools. While hunting can be dangerous, responsible hunters mitigate risks and practice safety first.
Lawful practice. Responsible hunters learn the law, wherever they hunt, and most importantly, follow it. This includes respecting property rights and taking a stand against poaching.
Fair chase. Responsible hunters enjoy the hunt and accept its uncertainty. Harvesting an animal on a hunt without uncertainty is not responsible.
Clean kills. Responsible hunting disallows hunters from shooting what they can’t kill. An unclear shot with extreme uncertainty can result in the unethical and inhumane wounding of animals that may or may not be harvested.
Full utilization. Harvesting an animal without consuming as much as possible is wasteful and not part of responsible hunting. Responsible hunters utilize as much of an animal as possible.
Conservation. We support ecological land management, conservation, and sound governmental policies towards improving the environment and expanding hunting resources. We and other responsible hunters tread lightly by avoiding sensitive habitat in order to minimize our footprint and not leave a trace.