Small game hunting has always been an accessible hunting type and is often where many hunters start to learn basic hunting skills. Because of its relative accessibility, this type of hunting tends to attract large numbers of hunters, particularity those starting out or those who are restricted by mobility or accessibility. Similar to game bird hunting we uncovered a surprisingly high number of firearms related injuries. The details of these incidents suggest very poor firearms safety practice.
Learn about the key risks to Small Game hunters in NZ
Choose a hunting trip that suits the skills and fitness of everyone in your group. A local hunt or backcountry adventure will all have their own risks. Carefully consider what to expect out there.
Start looking at maps and websites to gain insight into what your trip will include.
The planning you do from home will make all the difference for when you are in the bush. If you are going solo, take items to help you contact help if something goes wrong. If you are going as a group, get everyone together and make sure you all agree on the plan.
Heading for a hunt into the New Zealand's outdoors takes skills, even if it is a short day hunt in a local area.
What you take with you will make all the difference if something were to go wrong such as getting lost, delayed or injured.
or you can find more on our Supplies section.
Keep everyone safe by putting firearm safety first at all times.
Put firearm safety first
Almost all firearms related hunting incidents relate back to one of the 7 Basic Firearms Safety rules. This is especially important in Small Game hunting where you are 3.5x more likely to have a firearms handling injury than any other hunting type. Watch Treat very Firearm as Loaded below:
Continue your preparation with our online resources, there is still plenty to learn to ensure for a safe and enjoyable hunt.