This fantastic brochure on hunting basics was developed for the United Kingdom by Countryside Alliance, but there's plenty of good advice for budding Australian hunters.

Introduction to Shooting

Our hunting friends on the other side of the globe have a representative organisation that’s doing good work to protect their interests and they’ve just put out this fantastic guide for getting started in hunting.

They’re the Countryside Alliance, an organisation formed in 1997 as a response to the newly elected Labor Government’s pledge to ban hunting with dogs.

An amalgamation of three organisations – The Countryside Business Group, the British Field Sports Society and the Countryside Movement – the Countryside Alliance has in its short life become the major British campaigning organisation on rural issues.

With around 100,000 members the Countryside Alliance defends and promotes country sports and rural life at Parliament, in the media and on the ground.

Part of that promotion, the Countryside Alliance has released this brochure aimed at hunting beginners and young hunters. While it’s specific to the game in the United Kingdom, there’s plenty of good advice for all new hunters, such as this rhyme to teach responsible firearms safety:

A Father’s Advice

If a sportsman true you’d be

Listen carefully to me

Never, never let your gun

Pointed be at anyone.

That it may unloaded be

Matters not the least to me.

When a hedge or fence you cross

Though of time it cause a loss

From your gun the cartridge take

For the greater safety’s sake.

If twixt you and neighbouring gun

Bird shall fly or beast may run

Let this maxim ere be thine

“Follow not across the line.”

Stops and beaters oft unseen

Lurk behind some leafy screen.

Calm and steady always be

“Never shoot where you can’t see.”

You may kill or you may miss

But at all times think this:

“All the pheasants ever bred

Won’t repay for one man dead.”

(Mark Beaufoy – 1902)




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