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NZ Lifestyle Block - - HAVE YOUR SAY - Sian Chan, by email (abridged) Gra­ham Hall, Tuakau

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.

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