Outdoor Ethics

Honoring law enforcement and noteworthy actions of citizens

Honoring law enforcement and noteworthy actions of citizens


20th Anniversary Outdoor Ethics Banquet

Preserving Hunting’s Future

"We are exceptionally proud to be part of such a major contributing force in conservation and anti-poaching in particular over the past twenty years here in Loudoun," said John McWilliams, then Loudoun County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America president, continuing, "we must ensure to continue to recognize the combined efforts of those who serve, protect, and defend as well as who abide by the law and make the extra efforts in exercising our rights responsibly and educating future generations to further our uniquely American way of life."

Thank you fellow members for your consistent dedication and participation in/to conservation, such as the annual Outdoor Ethics Banquet highlighted below. The Loudoun County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America continues to be a relevant and positive contributor to the responsible right to all our Nation's sustainable and renewable natural resources protected by our Nation's Constitution.

Preserving Hunting’s Future

If you would like to request posters for your Loudoun county business or property, please contact the Loudoun IWLA. To report an incident, please see the contact information at the bottom of this page.
If we are to preserve the hunting tradition in Loudoun County, each and every hunter must make safe, responsible and ethical hunting a personal crusade. The irresponsible and abusive hunter is our sport's greatest enemy.

With an ever-growing, non-hunting population in Loudoun—where the public often misunderstands the value of hunting—local hunters face many unique challenges. We must conserve wildlife and habitat, and we must also demonstrate the integrity of our sport. To ensure our hunting is not lost, we must behave responsibly.

The Loudoun County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America administers the Loudoun County Anti-Poaching Reward Fund for that same purpose.

Be the safest and most responsible hunter you can possibly be, and insist that those who hunt with you do the same. The future of hunting in Loudoun depends on you!

A Hunter’s Pledge

Responsible hunting provides unique challenges and rewards. Hunters of all ages and backgrounds anticipate the thrill of the hunt, and using those special skills and discipline once must rely upon during the adventure to ensure a successful hunt. However, the future of the sport depends on each hunter’s behavior and ethics. Therefore, as a hunter, I pledge to:

Respect the environment and wildlife.
Respect property and landowners.
Show consideration for non-hunters.
Hunt safely.
Know and obey the law.
Support wildlife and habitat conservation.
Pass on an ethical hunting tradition.
Strive to improve my outdoor skills and understanding of wildlife.
Hunt only with ethical hunters.

By following these principles of conduct each time I go afield, I will give my best to the sport, the public, the environment and myself. The responsibility to hunt ethically is mine, the future of hunting depends on me.A Hunter's Pledge


NRA Hunter Code of Ethics

Each year we honor our law enforcement officials, and citizens for their anti-poaching efforts. The Loudoun IWLA hosts a Law Enforcement Officer Recognition Dinner at one of Leesburg's finer restaurants
I will consider myself an invited guest of the landowner, seek his permission and conduct myself so that I may be welcome in the future.

I will obey all the rules of safe gun handling and l will courteously but firmly insist that my companions do likewise.

I will obey all game laws and regulations and insist my companions do likewise.

I will do my best to acquire those marksmanship and hunting skills that ensure clean, sportsmanslike kills.

I will support conservation efforts that ensure good hunting for future generations of Americans.

I wlll pass along to younger hunters the attitudes and skills essential to a true outdoor sportsman.NRA Hunter Code of Ethics


Hunting: A Loudoun County Tradition

Hunting in Loudoun County is a tradition which has been shared for generations. With over 400 square miles of some of the best hunting in all of Virginia, Loudoun County draws sportsmen from around the region, and ranks among the top counties nationwide each year in total deer harvest. Likewise, Loudoun's mix of agricultural and forested lands offers a variety of small game, upland birds and waterfowl.

While Loudoun remains a treasure for local sportsmen, it is also becoming increasingly populated with people not accustomed to hunting. The growing urbanization in the county makes responsible hunter behavior more important than ever. After all, if the non-hunting population develops an unfavorable view of hunters, hunting could soon be virtually outlawed, as it is in many other counties in northern Virginia. Hunters must be viewed as responsible conservation leaders. This will only happen by reaching out and gaining respect and cooperation from our non-hunting neighbors.

Hunter Safety: The Law

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Virginia's hunting regulations are complex and highly-detailed. There are more than 180 statewide Game and Inland Fisheries laws alone, with additional laws governing hunters in Loudoun County.

Both the Code of Virginia and Loudoun County Code prohibit anyone from using, employing or discharging any gun in a reckless or careless manner so as to endanger the life or property of another.

In addition to the state laws, Loudoun County has enacted its own ordinances, which you need to be aware of and understand. The penalties for violating the state and county hunting regulations range from suspension of your hunting rights to felony convictions.

A detailed synopsis of Virginia's hunting laws can be obtained by calling the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at 804-367-1000. For information on area hunter education courses, please call the regional office at 540-899-4169, for Loudoun County Schedules, please check the Calendar.

The Loudoun County IWLA works very closely with our local law enforcement, game management officials, and citizens to prevent game law violations in the outdoor areas of our county. We sponsor a program where citizens who report the unlawful hunting or killing of wildlife can receive a cash reward. Information on reporting unlawful activities is advertised on our posters which we circulate throughout the Loudoun County area. If you would like to request posters for your Loudoun county business or property, please contact the Loudoun IWLA. To report an incident, please see the contact information at the bottom of this page.

Each year we honor our law enforcement officials, and citizens for their anti-poaching efforts. The Loudoun IWLA hosts a Law Enforcement Officer Recognition Dinner at one of Leesburg's finer restaurants, and a Wildlife Witness and Law Enforcement Recognition Ceremony at the chapter house to present awards to citizens in appreciation of their commitment to our natural resources.

  • To support this program with a tax deductable contribution, please send to:
    Loudoun County Anti-Poaching Reward PO Box 1338. Leesburg, VA 20177
  • To report illegal hunting or unlawful killing of wildlife, please call 800-237-5712 or 703-777-0445.
For information on national IWLA Outdoor Ethics programs please visit the IWLA Web Site. To request a poster, contact the LCCIWLA Chairman Outdoor Ethics Program using the slide-out contact form found on the left side of this page. Be sure to use the drop-down menu to address your request to the correct recipient.

  • For more info on hunter safety, or to join NRA, please call 800-672-3888.

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