Protocol 4

TALK PRIOR TO DUCK/GOOSE SHOOT

GIVEN BY PERSON IN CHARGE PRIOR TO SHOOTING.  ITEMS TO BE INCORPORATED IN TALK

  1. A gun is a lethal weapon – always check that the barrels are free from obstruction before use.  Do not leave your gun and cartridges unattended, ensure that they are locked in a car boot.
  2. Always carry your gun in a sleeve on a highway and public places.
  3. Always carry your gun broken, cartridges removed, especially when climbing gates, stiles etc.
  4. 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 take low shots, i.e. not lower than 45 degrees.
  8. If anyone approaches you break your gun and remove cartridges.
  9. 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 – no 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 – ban from shoot if under influence of.
  22. Fall of shot and quarry.
  23. Do not get involved with “antis” if they approach you walk away.
  24. Do not change position during shoot.
  25. Choose a position with firm flat ground away from bank of pond.
  26. Choose a safe path back as it may be dark after shoot.
  27. Carry a torch and mobile phone.