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Stay safe and plan ahead when hunting say Feds

Stay safe and plan ahead when hunting say Feds

Source: Federated Farmers

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Federated Farmers would like to remind deer hunters to take extra care as the roar season approaches.

The upcoming Easter holiday opens one of the busiest periods of the year, with many hunters heading into the hills to look for a stag, raising the potential for accidents.

"Over half of all big game hunting accidents occur in the months of March and April. So it’s important that hunters, experienced or not, consider terrain, weather and what is best practice safety," says Katie Milne, Federated Farmers. National President.

"Hunters must correctly identify their target every single time. If there is any doubt, do not pull the trigger.

"This time of the year is eagerly anticipated by hunters and we want everyone to have a great time and come back safe to their families and communities.

"Always plan your trip, tell someone your plans, and take the right equipment, including a personal locator beacon," says Katie.

For those hunting on private land it is important to remember that it is a privilege, and to always consider the wishes of the landowner. Hunters must have permission to hunt, regardless of who owns the land - no permission, no access.

"It’s all about thinking what constitutes safe practice and how your actions can impact on others. Remember to follow the practicable steps for using firearms safely, identify your target and be aware of other hunters."

For more information about how to stay safe and make it home this season go to www.mountainsafety.org.nz.

ENDS


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