DOC urges hunters to think safety this roar season

The New Zealand Deerstalkers Association

offers a hunter training programme.

  • Complete an Outdoor Intentions Form to leave with a trusted contact. DOC also recommends you carry two forms of communication in case of an emergency.
  • Tips for staying safe

    • Identify your target. Ensure the complete animal is seen – don’t shoot based on individual items such as colour, shape, sound or movement. If in any doubt, shift to get a better view or don’t shoot at all.
    • Use binoculars to identify your target – the rifle scope should only be used to place the shot.
    • Know the area you are hunting and share your knowledge with the other members of your party. Before the hunt, have everyone agree on hunting areas with a clearly defined “no fire zone” between areas.
    • Don’t assume there is no one else nearby.
    • If carrying a deer carcass or trophy head, cover it in some way so that it is clearly contrasted with the environment.
    • Be visible; wear clothing that contrasts with the environment and the animals being hunted and have appropriate gear.
    • Be alert and prepared for changes in conditions. Monitor and assess the weather.
    • Be familiar and practised with the firearm you will be using.
    • Remember the hunt is not over until everyone is safely home.
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