Gun safety urged as sea­son opens

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY -

‘‘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.’’

Photo: BEN CUR­RAN/ WAIKATO TIMES

Be aware: Fish & Game of­fi­cers will be check­ing on hunters when game bird hunt­ing sea­son starts.

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