WHEN NOT TO SHOOT
This mont h’s winn lett ing er Your article on air rifles (August 2016) was excellent, particularly the advice about doing a course with the NZ Mountain Safety Council. It is too easy for anyone over the age of 18 to buy a high-powered air rifle, with no training in their use or safety procedures. In fact, in my opinion, air rifles should require a fire arms licence, given the weapons that are now available.
I would however, take issue with one comment, in the ‘7 basic rules’ listed in the article. It states there that to identify your target, to look for differentcoloured eye shine. My understanding of the law is that NO rifle should be discharged in the dark, because even if you correctly identified your target, you cannot check the firing zone behind. On the news some time ago, there was a report of a woman who was camping, and was shot while cleaning her teeth, by a hunter who identified his target with eye shine. Firing a shot gun up a tree at a possum, or even a rabbit at short range with a shot gun could be hazardous enough, but at least a shot gun has a much shorter range.
Keep up the good work with an excellent mag.