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Stay safe this opening weekend

Federated Farmers reminds duck shooters to take extra care over the upcoming hunting season.

The opening weekend of the duck shooting season is a time of excitement and anticipation for duck shooters, but unfortunately it is also the weekend when most gamebird hunting accidents happen.

“Over forty percent of duck shooting accidents occur on the opening weekend. So it’s important that hunters, experienced or not, stop and take time to think about safety,” says Katie Milne, Federated Farmers National President.

“With excited hunters operating in the dark, in a confined space, there is always potential for an accident.

And it is not just about health and safety, it’s easy to forget that you are recreating on a working farm. Hunters with dogs must dose them for worms at least 48 hours before entering a property to prevent the spread of sheep measles, and check their equipment for any weeds, seeds or other forms of biological contamination.

For those hunting on private land it is important to remember that it is a privilege, and to always consider the wishes of the landowner. Hunters must have permission to hunt, regardless of who owns the land – no permission, no access.

“This time of the year is eagerly anticipated by duck shooters and we want everyone to have a great time, respect the farm they are shooting on, and come back safe to their families and communities,” Katie says.

Source: Federated Farmers

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