|The Hunters’ Code||The Ten Commandments of Safety|
|Firearm Safety – Basic Fundamentals||Rules of etiquette when hunting|
1. I will consider myself an invited guest of the land holder, seeking his or her permission, and so conducting myself that I may be welcome in the future.
2. I will obey the rules of safe gun-handling and courteously but firmly insist that others who hunt with me do the same.
3. I will obey all game laws and regulations and will insist that my companions do likewise.
4. I will do my best to acquire those marksmanship and hunting skills which assure clean, sportsmanlike kills.
5. I will support conservation efforts that can support sustainability for future generations of Australians.
6. I will pass along the attitudes and skills essential to ensuring long term sustainability of Australia’s natural and cultural heritage.
1. Treat every gun with the respect due 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 water.
10. Do not mix gunpowder and alcohol.
a. Never have in your possession a firearm that is loaded, unless you are holding it and ready to shoot.
b. Use only safely constructed firearms in sound condition and the correct ammunition.
c. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
• Leave gates as you find them
• Ask permission to light cooking fires first
• Keep cooking fires as small as possible
• Put your fires out properly before leaving
• Never gather firewood with a chainsaw
• Keep clear of stock routes
• Drive only on defined tracks
• Be especially careful with target identification & danger zones if spotlighting
• Keep away from water troughs
• Never contaminate stock water with soaps
• Take your rubbish away with you
• Ensure the property owner is well aware of your movements
• If you are successful, offer to share your game with the owner
• Report any suspicious or unusual events to the owner
• Don’t keep returning with new people – guard ‘your’ hunting areas jealously!