14 March 2022
Ensure the safety of you and others this Roar

As we head into Roar season, hunters are reminded of looking after the safety of themselves and their mates, and always be well prepared for each hunt.

The Game Animal Council’s (GAC) has guidance to help ensure the safety of you and your mates while enjoying the hunt and everyone coming home safely.

Be well prepared:

  • Assess the weather forecast – particularly for any rain and snow that could lead to a rise in river levels – and make your plans accordingly.
  • Make sure everyone has the right clothing, food and equipment for all possible conditions.
  • Take into account the experience and fitness of everyone in your party when planning your trip.
  • Know where you are going, make sure you carry a map, know how to read it and leave detailed intentions with friends and whanau.
  • Carry an emergency communication device such as a distress beacon or satellite phone.

While out hunting:

  • Involve your whole party in the decision-making and making sure everyone is comfortable with the plans being made.
  • Take firearm safety seriously, because even if you are hunting alone, it is highly likely that other hunters will be around.
  • Identify your target beyond all doubt.
  • Treat every firearm as loaded and if you are sharing a firearm, make sure the person carrying the firearm maintains responsibility for checking it is in the appropriate state of load.
  • Wearing blaze if bush hunting.

Also, don’t forget to check the Seven Firearms Safety Rules.


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