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As the start of season known as
The Roar' approaches, enthusiastic
hunters are already planning their
trips into the bush to catch the
This is the time of the year when
the stags are at their most vocal,
calling to attract not only the
attention of mates but to also protect
Also responding very enthusiastically
to this call is the avid hunter, keen to
head outdoors in search of his prey.
Keeping safe when hunting is
paramount, from the clothing which
is worn through to firearm safety,
communication and the preparation
undertaken prior to the hunt.
The rules and regulations which are in
place for the hunting season are there
for only one reason -- The safety of
Getting the Basics Right:
If you are new to hunting or haven't
been hunting for a while it's a great
idea to take a hunting safety course.
Even if you are an avid and regular
hunter the course is a good reminder
of the basics and will cover safe
handling of your gun, care of your
gun, hunting laws, and other
precautions relating to hunting.
A hunter should always take the time
to ensure they have followed all the
safety precautions and make this
year's hunting trip a safe one!
Hunting Safety Checklist and Tips:
Always let someone know where
you are heading to and when you
expect to be back.
Be prepared for all weathers --
variable weather is common in the
south, so have gear and equipment
for all types -- rain, snow, hail, wind
Wear highly visible clothing
Identify the target before you pull
the trigger -- make sure that what
you are firing at is animal not
Handle firearms and ammunition
carefully. Never climb a fence or
tree or jump a ditch or cross
difficult terrain with a loaded
firearm. If you happen to fall,
disassemble the gun and check the
barrel from the breech end for
Always keep the safety-catch on
until ready to fire and always point
the muzzle in a safe direction.
Read your instruction manual
carefully before you handle new
Unload firearms when not in use
and store sporting arms in cases
when travelling to and from
Know where your companions are
at all times. If in doubt, never take a
Take a compass and maps to
prevent from getting lost, and be
alert for other sources of danger.
If you are planning to hunt on
private land, get the landowners
FIREARMS LICENSES MUST BE
CARRIED AT ALL TIMES
Pass along to other hunters,
especially youngsters, the attitudes
and skills essential to being a true
Hunting safety checklist
The Seven Basic Rules of Safe Firearms Handling
1. TREAT EVERY FIREARM AS LOADED
Check every firearm yourself. Don't take things for
granted. Pass or accept only an open or unloaded
2. ALWAYS POINT FIREARMS IN A SAFE DIRECTION
Loaded or unloaded, guns have the potential to be
dangerous. The muzzle of the gun should always be
pointed in a safe direction.
3. LOAD A FIREARM ONLY WHEN READY TO FIRE
When you reach your shooting area -- then, and only
then should you load the magazine. When you are
ready to shoot, then load the chamber AND -
completely unload before leaving the shooting area.
4. IDENTIFY YOUR TARGET BEYOND ALL DOUBT:
Movement, colour, sound and shape can all deceive
you. Until proven otherwise, always assume colour,
shape, sound, and shape to be human.
5. CHECK YOUR FIRING ZONE
THINK! What may happen if you miss your target?
What might you hit between you and the target or
beyond? DO NOT FIRE when you know others are in
your firing zone.
6. STORE FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION SAFELY
When not in use, the bolt, firearm and ammunition
should be locked away separately.
AND - NEVER leave firearms in a vehicle that is
7. AVOID ALCOHOL AND DRUGS WHEN HANDLING
Good judgement is the key to safe use of firearms.
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