Gun safety urged as season opens
‘‘While the opening of the hunting season is often a very social event for hunters who often catch up with mates they haven’t seen for some time, leave the drinks until the day’s hunting is done and until firearms are safety locked away.’’
The other reminder is over the use of lead shot in 10 and 12 gauge shotguns which is banned within 200m of open water.
Law changes also mean that rangers have a little more paperwork to attend to. They will leave notices of entry to private land when they have been on to property to check hunters, Currie says.
‘‘Land owners and occupiers may find these notices which should be viewed as a courteous note to advise them that rangers have visited the property.’’
Be aware: Fish & Game officers will be checking on hunters when game bird hunting season starts.