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Rules of Conduct

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FCS Bylaws Regarding Conduct

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A. Members agree to:

  1. To bear other members burdens.
  2. To pray for needs within our membership body.
  3. To never hunt or fish on special occasions (anniversary, wife’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, etc.).
  4. To refrain from consuming alcohol while shooting, hunting, fishing, or operating machinery, taking illegal drugs, and using profanity while on FCS events.
  5. Couples who are not married must sleep in separate quarters on overnight events.
  6. To obey all laws of the United States of America while on FCS events (this includes while traveling to and from events).

Driving Safety, Boating Life Jacket, Shooting, Hunting, Fishing, and Camping Rules  

These rules will be enforced at FCS events.  Violators can lose shooting, hunting, fishing, and camping privileges.  Repeat violators can be banned from FCS events and/or lose FCS membership, per our established procedures.

Driving Safety Rules

Members agree to:

  1. Drive vehicles and four wheelers and operate boats in a safe manner.

Boating Life Jacket Rules

  1. Life jackets must be worn while underway and until the boat has been exited and no longer on a dock, pier, or bulkhead, except the person who exits a boat at a dock once he or she has walked past the boat ramp.
  2. Life jackets must be worn while fishing in high traffic, high current, or dangerous areas such as the POC jetties.
  3. Life jackets must be worn while wearing winter clothing or waders.  When wading, the life jacket can be removed when entering the water.

Shooting Rules

Members agree to:

  1. Always treat all guns with the respect due a loaded gun.  Before handling a firearm, visually check the chamber, receiver, and magazine to make sure there is no ammunition anywhere in the firearm.
  2. Always wear eye and ear protection.
  3. Always learn how their gun operates.  Ask for instruction before going hunting.
  4. Always have their gun ready at the time of the hunt.  Do not arrive at a hog hunt, for example, and ask everyone to wait a couple hours for you to go sight in your rifle.
  5. Always load when the guide/leader says to load and unload when the guide/leader says to unload.
  6. Always check their gun and ammunition before loading.
  7. Always make sure their barrel and action are clear of obstructions and carry only ammunition of the proper caliber for their gun.
  8. Always put their safety on before loading and watch their muzzle at all times, including while loading.  Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction at all times.  Never let the muzzle cover anything that is not intended to be destroyed.  Never rely on their gun’s safety.
  9. Always be sure of their target and what is in front of it and beyond it.  Know the identifying features of the game being hunted.  Ensure there is an adequate backstop—don’t shoot a rifle or handgun at a flat, hard surface (e.g. a rock or tree) or water.  The bullet may ricochet and travel in unpredictable directions.
  10. Always keep their finger outside the trigger guard until your sights are on the target.  This is the best way to prevent an accidental discharge.
  11. Always keep the safeties of their guns on except when they are actively shooting at game (dove, hogs, etc.) or clay, paper, etc. targets.
  12. Always point their gun only at something they intend to shoot.
  13. Always put their safeties back on immediately after firing.
  14. Always handle their gun with care, if it fails to fire when the trigger is pulled.  If a chambered round of ammunition does not fire when the trigger is pulled, put the gun on safety and keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.  Treat the gun as if it could still discharge.  Wait at least 30 seconds before slowly and carefully opening the action and unload the cartridge from the chamber.
  15. Always unload their gun before climbing a fence or tree, jumping a ditch, or running and pull guns toward them by the butt, not the muzzle.
  16. Always unload their gun when not in use.  Leave actions open, and carry firearms in cases and unloaded to and from the shooting area.
  17. Always store their guns and ammunition separately and safely.
  18. Always clean their guns when needed and have them repaired, if needed.

Hunting Rules

Members agree to:

  1. Acquire marksmanship skills that will assure clean kills.
  2. Always respect the property of the landowner (e.g., closing gates that they open).
  3. Always learn the rules of the host, landowner, guide, or leader and follow them (e.g., staying put until the agreed upon time).
  4. Always carry their fair share of the load. (e.g., paying a fair share of gas money and other expenses and doing a fair share of chores).
  5. Always hunt with any guests and minors that they bring.
  6. Always let the hunters around them know their position, especially when walking up on hunters who have their backs to them.
  7. Always bring only trained dogs on hunts and control them in the field.
  8. Always pick up their trash in the field (this includes empty shotgun shells).
  9. Always take dove, duck, etc. waste away with them, if required by the host, landowner, guide, or leader.
  10. Always obey all hunting regulations (examples of frequently violated regulations include: buying your child a hunting license for the purpose of taking more game for yourself and saying that your child bagged them, taking game over the limit and giving the excess to others, taking game over the limit and eating the excess, and shooting across county roads).
  11. Never shoot at unidentified furry or flying objects (UFO’s).
  12. Never kill or shoot at birds or animals that they do not intend to eat or are not doing so to assist in wildlife depredation (e.g., shooting at sparrows and dragonflies).
  13. Never shoot game that the landowner, host, outfitter, guide, or leader has disallowed from being hunted (check the hunt details or ask the landowner, host, outfitter, guide, or leader if unsure).
  14. Never take an unsafe shot (e.g., taking low shotgun shots when other hunters are within the ranges of their guns and are within their line of fire, etc.).
  15. Never take a shot that could potentially destroy someone else’s property (e.g., shooting dove off power lines).
  16. Never shoot at game outside of the effective ranges of their guns or their abilities.

Fishing Rules

Members agree to:

  1. Always learn how their reel operates.  Ask for instruction before going fishing.
  2. Always have their reel ready at the time of the fishing trip.  The start of a fishing trip is not the time to fill your reel with line.
  3. Always watch where your hooks are at all times, including every backcast (where your lure/hook is when you bring it back to cast), every single cast.
  4. Always ensure that line is not wrapped around your rod before you cast, every single cast.  If line is wrapped around your rod tip it can cause the lure to “rebound” and come back towards you or others.
  5. Always obey all fishing regulations (examples of frequently violated regulations include: buying your child a fishing license for the purpose of taking more fish for yourself and saying that your child caught them, taking fish over the limit and giving the excess to others, and taking fish over the limit and eating the excess).
  6. Never kill fish that you they not intend to eat or are not doing so to assist in wildlife depredation (e.g., throwing carp on the bank to suffocate).

Camping Rules

Members agree to:

  1. Always camp in the designated area only (if camping is allowed).
  2. Always pick up their trash and any other trash that they see in the campground.
  3. Always control their dogs at camp.
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