Game bird hunting in New Zealand is a popular activity, especially the annual duck hunting season, which begins in May each year. The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) is a non-profit organisation that supports hunter safety through developing hunting insights and producing and sharing free safety-focused resources and information through campaigns. MSC also delivers the practical firearms licence training and theory testing, in partnerships with NZ Police, required to attain your firearms licence.
MSC and Fish & Game work collaboratively to help duck hunters enjoy their hunting safely.
What are the key insights duck hunters should be aware of?
These insights provide MSC and Fish & Game with evidence that can be used to encourage safe hunting actions and behaviours. Everyone wants a safe and successful morning in the maimai.
What can hunters do to reduce the chance of an incident?
Almost all firearm-related incidents relate to one of the 7 Basic Firearms Safety rules. This is especially important in Game Bird Hunting, where multiple shooters of various skill levels are using firearms at once. Also, play by the rules by getting your season licence.
Refresh yourself on the basic rules to safe firearm handling to reduce an incident. You can also find out where to learn about getting your licence.
Game Bird Hunting | Learn more information about the risks and how to mitigate them for this and other forms of hunting on the MSC website.
MSC’s hunting videos cover insights, skills and awareness to support your hunter safety.
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