Protocol 8



  1. The marker is in charge of the stand.  The shooters in that stand, those waiting to shoot and any spectators adjacent to the stand.
  2. Ensure that only the shooter is in the stand and that all others are behind the barrier, and that they are not likely to distract the shooter (mobile phones etc.)  Check that all have guns broken/open.
  3. Ensure stand and cage are positioned such that shooting is in direction specified by policy and cage is safe.
  4. Ensure that shooters stance is on suitable flat ground and that cartridge cases do not build up to cause a problem.
  5. Check that trapper cannot be seen and is ready.
  6. Check that shooter is wearing suitable clothing and is not under the influence of drink or drugs.
  7. You tell shooter when you are ready for him to start shooting.
  8. Shooter shouts pull when ready if it is a manual trap.  If it’s automatic trap you press button.
  9. Check that shooter handles gun, loads, shoots and unloads correctly and safely.
  10. You state if the shot is a kill, loss, no bird and your word is final.
  11. Check that waiting shooters are not carrying out “dry shots”.
  12. Check that shooter remains in cage, checks barrels for obstruction and only leaves cage when he has finished shooting and broken gun.
  13. If trapper waves red flag, blow whistle, check your shooter has broken gun and it is empty and that shooting on adjacent stands has stopped before going out to trapper.
  14. If you hear a whistle from elsewhere stop you shooter, ask him to break gun and unload.  Only start shooting again when you are sure the emergency is over.
  15. Blow your whistle for any emergency.
  16. Keep an eye down the range and beyond to ensure that no person or animal is in sight.
  17. No dogs in cage.
  18. If weather changes and there is shot or clay fall stop shooting and inform person in charge of shoot.
  19. With new and young shots explain procedure step by step.  You keep their cartridges and only when you are sure they known what to do you put cartridges in the gun.  Continue instructing them throughout their shoot and only allow them to leave the cage when you know the gun is safe.
  20. If there is a malfunction or the gun/cartridge tell shooter not to open gun and keep it pointing down the range.  Wait 20 seconds before opening gun and checking reason for malfunction.
  21. Pick up all cartridge cases and dispose of them.

When all shooting finished collect trapper.