offers a hunter training programme.
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.