MIL OSI – Source: Department of Conservation – DOC urges hunters to think before they shoot this ‘roar’ season [caption id="attachment_3081" align="alignleft" width="300"] Red deer. Image: www.newzealandhuntingsafari.com.[/caption] With the annual deer ‘roar’ or ‘rut’ approaching, the Department of Conservation is reminding hunters to put safety first at all times and think before they shoot. Traditionally the ‘roar’ is the busiest time of year for deer hunting and this year it coincides with the Easter holiday period when many people are camping and tramping on conservation land. “Hunters should be aware that other people can be anywhere at any time,” says DOC National Hunting Advisor, Ian Cooksley. Anybody intending to hunt on public conservation land must gain a permit first and check whether there are any local hunting restrictions. A DOC permit can be obtained by visiting the DOC website. Hunters must follow the firearms safety code when hunting on conservation land. Ian Cooksley says there are some simple measures hunters can take to reduce risks:
- Wear coloured or high visibility clothing that contrasts with the hunting environment and animals being hunted.
- Make sure they identify their target properly. Do not shoot at movement, colour, shape or sound alone.
- If hunting in a party and a party member is lost sight of, no shots should be fired until the party member has been sighted again.