Protocol 6

SHOOTING ON FARM LAND (NOT AN ORGANISED GROUP)

Contact the farmer/owner of the land so they know you are on their land.

  1. A gun is a lethal weapon – always check your barrels are free from obstruction before use.  Do not leave your gun and cartridges unattended, always lock 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 secs with your barrels pointing down before breaking your 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 your gun and remove cartridges.
  9. Identify your target, if you can’t, 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 hinderance 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. 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. Carry a torch and mobile phone.
  25. Report to farmer, his wife etc. And check where farmer will be working and any other contractors.
  26. Try to have another member with you.
  27. Let someone know where you will be shooting and farm telephone no. Especially if shooting alone.
  28. If shooting with a rifle make doubly sure no person, farmer, contractor, and animal etc. In vicinity. No air shots.  Always ensure there is a bank or other stop for bullet behind quarry, target etc.