Snap Shots – 6 June 2012


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Game Council’s safety report available

The NSW Game Council has uploaded its report on the safety record of hunting in Australia, which revealed hunting on foot is one of the safest sports undertaken. It is now available here.

Canada changes stance on arms treaty

Canada has dropped its opposition to the inclusion of civilian sporting firearms in the UN’s proposed Arms Trade Treaty, which aims to regulate the international trade in weapons and ammunition. In what is seen as a compromise, Canada has instead asked for a preamble to the treaty which recognises the legitimacy of firearm ownership by citizens for sports and other recreational reasons. There were fears the country’s previous stance would derail the treaty. Most parties have welcomed the change, including Canada’s shooters. “It empowers independent nations to set their own discretionary policies regarding civilian-owned firearms within their borders,” Tony Bernardo of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association said.

School kids help hunters

A group of 20 13- and 14-year-old students from Wisconsin, USA, used what they’d learned about teamwork and helping others to build eight hunting platforms that will be used in an upcoming hunting season. The practical project was billed as a great learning experience and good way for the Holy Cross School students to understand community cooperation, especially as the platforms are wheelchair accessible ones designed specifically to enable disabled hunters to take part in the deer hunt. The students also raised $500 to put towards the platforms.

Shoebridge continues propaganda

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge has again attacked a proposal that would permit minors to hunt without adult supervision on specified public land, and without firearms, if they have a specially endorsed R-license and parental permission. He claims: “Liberal Party MPs, when approached about the proposal, are generally ignorant of the proposal and instinctively oppose it, including the members for Coogee, Newcastle, South Coast, Baulkham Hills and the Blue Mountains.” Ignorance may be very good grounds for opposing legislation in NSW, and Mr Shoebridge appears to be taking advantage of it with comments such as, “a 12-year-old will come home from school, meet up with some friends, get five pig dogs and head off into the state forest to stab pigs to death”. The existing and proposed rules govern a situation that is not nearly as simplistic or casual as he implies.


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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.

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