Game bird hunting in New Zealand is a long-loved tradition for many hunters. It involves the pursuit of waterfowl and upland game birds during set seasons of the year. One particular event is the annual duck hunting season, in which hunters call in and shoot ducks from hides (maimais). Firearm safety in this form of hunting is essential as participants are in close proximity and rapid reactions to the appearance of game.
Watch this video outlining some of the key risks to duck hunters so you can learn to mitigate these
Here are some key tips on how to have a safe and successful hunt while shooting in the duck season.
“Being in the tight confines within the maimai, you can’t really have anyone not controlling the muzzle and things like that, otherwise it just gets a whole lot more dangerous.
A habit cannot be formed only doing it once or twice a year.
“You can’t claim to be a proficient user of that firearm, just like with any skill,” he says.Read our story from a duck hunter and how they manage firearm safety for their duck season
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