Ready to shoot ducks

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Farming -

Get your must-haves:

• A game bird hunt­ing li­cence.

• Reg­u­la­tions book­let.

• Non toxic am­mu­ni­tion. Get per­mis­sion:

• Con­firm ac­cess with landown­ers.

• Get per­mits to hunt on Fish & Game, DOC and forestry lands.

■ Sort out the maimai:

• Claim your hunt­ing spot with the tag that comes with your li­cence.

• Fix any leaks, rot­ten boards, seat­ing and fin­ish cam­ou­flag­ing the maimai with camo net or veg­e­ta­tion.

• Make sure veg­e­ta­tion isn’t block­ing your fir­ing zone or where the ducks will land.

• Make sure your ac­cess path is cleared and safe to use.

■ Check your gear:

• Clean and rig de­coys.

• En­sure your shot­gun is in tip-top con­di­tion and your mag­a­zine com­plies with the rules.

• Check and dou­ble-check that you don’t have any lead shot am­mu­ni­tion in your duck hunt­ing bag.

• Make sure your boots and waders are still wa­ter­proof.

• If you are us­ing a kayak or row­boat, en­sure it’s ship­shape. ■ ■

• If you are hunt­ing on open wa­ter, check your life­jack­ets.

Hunt­ing away from home? Check the reg­u­la­tions for the re­gion you’re go­ing to.

■ Do:

• Carry hunt­ing and firearms li­cence at all times.

• Be safe with firearms and on the wa­ter — know the seven rules for safe firearms.

• Be an am­bas­sador for hunters — hunt eth­i­cally and re­spon­si­bly.

• Clean your game bird har­vest quickly to en­sure the best qual­ity meat for your ta­ble.

• Bury waste af­ter clean­ing your birds.

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