KEEP IT CLEAN: Pack all of the debris and waste you create, stash it in a plastic trash bag, and haul it out when you return home. This includes trail markers, empty shotgun hulls, foam nightcrawler containers, plus eating and drinking cast-offs like sandwich bags, tinfoil, plastic bottles and the like. Even better, pick up trash left by others (no typo).
KEEP IT PRIVATE: When you camp in the backwoods, do so away from both hiking trails and waterways. Some states actually establish exact distances. If in doubt, several hundred feet is a good measure. Impact the area minimally. Maintain the site the way you would your own home and backyard.
KEEP IT LEGAL: Know the land well enough so that you aren’t disturbing a farmer’s livestock, disrupting sensitive habitats, or inadvertently moving into a designated wilderness area illegally. Erect temporary treestands and blinds come hunting season. Know the laws for doing that.
KEEP IT SAFE: Avoid being unintentional trouble for your family and friends. Check weather forecasts, pack emergency items, dress in layers (including all of your recommended riding gear), and ride with a buddy or two in the event you need help. Always tell someone back home where you’ll be hunting, fishing or camping.
KEEP IT COOL: If other trail users are afoot, respect the fact that they enjoy the outdoors as well, just as the guys I met turkey hunting did. Drive slowly around gatherings of people to keep noise and road dust down. If you open a gate with permission, close it. If you have to navigate past private land, contact the landowner first. Ride with pride for all of us.