Weather your a Hunter or Fisherman,.. Do you posses "True Sportsman Ethics"? Im 45 years old,.. When it comes to fishing, I came out of the womb with a St.Croix fishing pole in my hand and one of them round, heavy wrinkled and lightly faded fishing hats, with a heddon glass eyed, wooden pumpkin seed lure hanging off of the bill! In the mid to late 80's, I started hunting! First it was squirrels with my father, then rabbits and junkyard car windows with a few classmates! At the end of the 80's,..88 to be exact,.I caught the "deer fever"! Not to be confused with buck fever, which would come a short time later! The herd was just coming on here in East Central Ohio,.and i had an old bolt action mossberg 20 gauge,with a poly choke, which was basically my multi use weapon and my only weapon,.and for the record, I still have it! At any rate,. Coming up through the ages,. I always seemed to keep an older, more knowledgeable, friend base! I hung out with my father in law who basically got me started deer hunting,.but by the mid 90's and with the introduction of a Horton Hunter Supreme Crossbow,. My success would soon greatly increase! Enough so, that it would cause the old man to take notice and follow suit! Through my late 20s and 30s,. Looking back,. I guess it would have seemed that I really had it figured out, as I was punching tags on some pretty dam nice bucks! I also take into consideration, that this was a time before the commercialization of deer hunting, as we know it today, with all the science diets and knowledge of management! I think about what i do as routine when i go fishing, and try to remember the who, what,where, when, and why, of how i learned to do what i do to be successful, no matter what species of fish that i'm after! Alot of things that I learned, like knots and you know, was when i was very young and i really cant put my thumb on it,.but it was taught to me! Now when it comes to the hunting, I remember alot more because i was a little older when i started. I remember little tricks and just good information from alot of different hunters who i've hunted with in the past. Ive seen alot of good in people trying to help, in the pursuit of a trophy and I've seen jealous and over zealous hunters! I've dealt with poachers and trespassers on several occasions and seen,.well,..just the evil that can be brought out of someone, by a little competition in the deer woods! I've seen how even someone with legit permission can abuse their priviledge and litter on property that dont belong to them or on public access! The moral of this story and the question is: What kind of person are you really? Do you have the patients to teach a beginner or reeducate a novice! Do you pick your garbage up when your done fishing or hunting? Or do you just not worry about it because you dont have anything of your own to appreciate and take care of,..so you just walk through life like the earth is your dump! A true sportsman and decent human being will take time out to help out,.weather its a stranger or a long time friend! True ethics kicks in when you do the "Right" thing and take pride in it! Treat your woods or fishing hole like it is a gift from God,..BECAUSE IT IS!!!!