Protocol 3

TALK PRIOR TO SHOOTING ON LAND (ORGANISED) GIVEN BY PERSON IN CHARGE (TAKE A FIRST AID BOX)

ITEMS TO BE INCORPORATED IN TALK :

  1. A gun a lethal weapon – before using always check the barrels are free from obstruction.  Do not leave a gun and cartridges unattended. lock in a car boot.
  2. Always carry a gun in a sleeve on a highway and in public places.
  3. Always carry a gun broken, cartridges removed, especially when climbing gates, stiles etc.  Semi-automatic shotguns should be open.
  4. Safety catch.  If your gun malfunctions, wait 20 seconds, barrels pointing down before breaking the gun and checking cartridges.
  5. Correct loading of gun.  Barrels pointing down.  Never carry mixed cartridge sizes.
  6. Check line of sight and position of other shooters.
  7. Do not shoot where line of sight is obstructed e.g. into bushes etc.
  8. If anyone approaches you break gun and remove cartridges.
  9. Always identify your target. if you are unsure DO NOT SHOOT.
  10. Do not rest gun against wall, fence etc.
  11. Wear suitable clothing and footwear.  Nothing loose to catch gun.
  12. Dogs to be kept on lead on highways and public places and under control on land.
  13. Be aware of any farm animals and farm machinery.
  14. Parking of vehicles – do not create hindrance to farmer and public.
  15. Be aware of public footpaths etc. Do not shoot towards these.
  16. Damage to walls, fences etc. To be repaired whether caused by you or others.  If not possible report damage to farmer.  Ensure gates are closed.
  17. Cartridge cases, boxes and other litter to be picked up and taken away.
  18. New members and young shots to be given particular attention.
  19. Avoid shooting adjacent to houses.
  20. Always use eye and ear protection.
  21. No alcohol or drugs prior to shooting– ban from shoot if under influence of.
  22. Check fall of shot and quarry.
  23. Do not get involved with “antis” if they approach you walk away.
  24. Carry a torch and mobile phone.