STAY SMART | STAY SAFE

Hunting and target shooting are among the safest of all sports. This page is intended to make them even safer by emphasizing the basics of safe gun handling and storage and by reminding you that you are the key to firearms safety.

THE HUNTER'S CODE AND FIREARM SAFETY

I will consider myself an invited guest of the landholder, seeking his or her permission, and so conducting myself that I may be welcome in the future.

  1. I will obey the rules of safe gun-handling and courteously but firmly insist that others who hunt with me do the same.

  2. I will obey all game laws and regulations and will insist that my companions do likewise.

  3. I will do my best to acquire those marksmanship and hunting skills which assure clean, sportsmanlike kills.

  4. I will support conservation efforts that can support sustainability for future generations of Australians.

  5. I will pass along the attitudes and skills essential to ensuring the long-term sustainability of Australia’s natural and cultural heritage.

 

HUNTING ETIQUETTE

Leave gates as you find them.

  1. Ask permission before lighting cooking fires.

  2. Keep cooking fires as small as possible.

  3. Put fires out properly before leaving.

  4. Never gather firewood with a chainsaw.

  5. Keep clear of stock routes.

  6. Drive only on defined tracks.

  7. Be especially careful with target identification & danger zones (especially when spotlighting).

  8. Keep away from water troughs.

  9. Never contaminate stock water with soaps.

  10. Take rubbish away with you.

  11. Ensure the property owner is well aware of your movements.

  12. If you are successful, offer to share your game with the landowner.

  13. Report any suspicious or unusual events to the landowner.

  14. Don’t keep returning with new people – guard ‘your’ hunting areas!

 

Please also read the Conditions for Hunting on TDS Leases

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF SAFETY

  1. Treat every gun with the respect due to a loaded gun.

  2. Carry only empty guns, taken down or with the action open, into your car, camp, and home.

  3. Always be sure that the barrel and action are clear of obstructions.

  4. Always carry your gun so that you can control the direction of the muzzle.

  5. Be sure of your target before you pull the trigger.

  6. Never point a gun at anything you do not want to shoot.

  7. Never leave your gun unattended unless you unload it first.

  8. Never climb a tree or a fence with a loaded gun.

  9. Never shoot at a flat, hard surface or the surface of the water.

  10. Do not mix gunpowder and alcohol.​​

THREE BASICS RULES OF SAFETY

  1. Never have in your possession a firearm that is loaded, unless you are holding it and ready to shoot.

  2. Use only safely constructed firearms in sound condition and the correct ammunition.

  3. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.

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