- Shooting Stage - The priority is getting off a shot, rather than patiently waiting for a good shot.
- Limiting-out Stage - Success is determined by bagging the limit. In extreme cases, this need to limit out can cause hunters to take unsafe shots.
- Trophy Stage - The hunter is selective and judges success by quality rather than quantity. Typically, the focus is on big game and anything that doesn't measure up to the desired trophy is ignored.
- Method Stage - In this stage, the process of hunting becomes the focus. A hunter may still want to bag a limit, but places a high priority on how it is accomplished.
- Sportsman Stage - Success is measured by the total experience - the appreciation of the environment, the game, the process of the hunt, and the companionship of fellow hunters.
- "Give-Back" Stage - Hunters are interested in introducing others to hunting and passing on the proper hunting values. These hunters also teach others about safety and the responsibilities of hunting.
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