Make sure you and your mates come home safe this duck shooting season

With duck shooting just around the corner we have a few tips that can help keep you and your mates safe over the duck shooting season.

Tip One: Get to know your property

The section of a farm where a maimai or pond is located may be excluded, provided there are no workers  in the paddocks where duck shooting is being carried out or in the paddocks that the shooter accesses to get to the pond or maimai.

The access to the maimai or pond has to be considered as there are a number of incidents each year with firearms being discharged as people climb up and over fences/gates etc. If a worker is in a nearby paddock, they may be hit by the accidental discharge.

To keep the section of farm where people are shooting as recreational, ensure that there are no tasks needed to be undertaken by any workers that would put them within proximity of the hunters.

Tip Two: Keep up to date with the current legislation

Duck shooting is a recreational activity therefore it is not covered under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

Definition of a workplace:

(a) A place where work is being carried out, or is customarily carried out, for a business or undertaking;

and

(b) Includes any place where a worker goes, or is likely to be, while at work.

However firearm safety should be the number one priority for duck shooting weekend.

Tip Three: No mate is worth a feed of duck.

  • Check your firing zone, especially if someone is retrieving game
  • Keep the top on any alcohol until shooting is finished and guns are put away.
  • Last but not least don't forget your license!

Stay safe over the duck shooting season.