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NEW ZEALAND MOUNTAIN
ESSENTIAL HUNTING TIPS FOR THE NEW SEASON
utumn brings with it the roar, the most exciting and
active season for keen hunters-testing fitness, pushing
boundaries, it's a time there's the risk the unwary may
put goals before common sense. The time of year whenstove), you'll all have a good idea what's going on and, importantly, where
adrenaline with your mates in the backblocks brings you're going.If there's a change of weather, an injury or a change of plans
Group plan: The more you can plan, the beter the trip ist kely to,-y
go (Lists help,see MSC's Plan My Trip Tool-, Not only will you have
all the gear (ever forgot a lighter for your supposedly piezo-electric
hallenges and experiences that can affect good decision making and you can quickly adapt and keep going.
notjust for those new to the sport.
Following are some damn good guidelines which have the benefit of
experience and your safety in mind.
Training wheels: If you're being a good bugger taking on the task of for your shooter? How can you maximise your enjoyment, safety and
teaching a newbie, make sure you focus on developing good habits. success? This also applies to packing out. Nearly one in six injuries are from
Practice doesn't necessarily make perfect, it makes permanent.If carrying a heavy load, more than ankle or knee sprains.
teaching poor practices they get ingrained quickly and can be hard
to shift later on. You've gota golden opportunity to develop a hunter who'l
safe in the bush around other hunters like you. Take it seriously and
demonstrate good practice.
Teamwork: As the saying goes,"Many hands make for light work
Ask yourselves, do you all need a rifle, or could you share? Is there
group gear that can be split up? Should you be spotting the target
which have the beneitof
Be selective: Taking the time to correctlyidentify your target is one
of the most important phases of being a safe hunter. It's too easy
to get wrapped up in the excitement of finally seeing the animal
This excitement can lead to rushed IDs and, unfortunately, incidents. This
Don't sit, get hill-ft:It's not something that's talked about a lot,butis also when you should be checking your firing zone. Carefully consider if
fit hunters tend to be more resilient to injury. Because you're most that is the one you want. Sex,age, antlers, meat etc. Is it in a good spot, will
recovery be an issue? The future of hunting is influenced by our collective
safety track record. If we're not speaking up when you see bad practices
-ever had a friend carelessly swing the rifle around, not pointing in a safe
nights out can happen,but they don't need to be miserable if you're well direction?-complacency can creep in. Before long there will be an incident.
Remember, no matter how much you want that juicy back strap on the BBQ.
your main objective is to make it home in one piece to your famity
likely off-track, a small injury to an ankle or back can mean that
you're out there for hours longer than you'd intended. Take a PLB and
leave your intentions with a trusted contact before you go. Unexpected
THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MOUNTAIN SAFETY COUNCIL
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Use your eyes or binoculars. Keep your finger away from the trigger and stay calm