Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics

The Environment

I will subscribe to a professional standard of wilderness travel and low-impact environmental usage. I will acquire a useful knowledge of local natural history, and the ability and willingness to impart this knowledge to my clients. I will maintain orderly, sanitary and environmentally sound camps at all times.

Respect for the Law

I will fully cooperate with all wildlife officials, law enforcement officers, private landowners and public land management agencies. I will abide by and advise my clients of all applicable conservation and game laws, statutes, and regulations, and will not condone their violation.

Equipment and Services

I will provide clean, well-maintained, serviceable equipment and gear that is adequate for all conditions likely to be encountered. I will employ competent and courteous personnel in sufficient number to adequately care for the comfort of my clients. I will offer reasonably well-prepared and balanced camp fare for clients and employees in keeping with the nature of the trip.

Accurate Information

I will accurately advise my clients of the factors and conditions involved in achieving their goals. This includes weather conditions, terrain, fish and game populations, and the equipment, physical endurance and skills required for the activity to be undertaken.


I will at all times provide for the safety of clients and employees.

Trophies and Limits

I will never fill a client’s game tag or limit of fish or game. Barring unforeseen conditions, all fish and game hides and capes will be prepared and delivered to the processor, taxidermist, or to the client at the conclusion of the trip in a satisfactory and usable condition.

Truth in Advertising.

I will not misrepresent rates, service and/or accommodations, nor otherwise mislead prospective clients through false advertising.


A NYSOGA member failing to abide by this Code of Ethics will be subject to investigation by the New York State Outdoor Guides Association and may lead to reprimand, fine, suspension, and/or expulsion.