FOXBUSTERS Hunting From a Vehicle Code of Practice
- One driver/shooter.
- One driver/shooter and one passenger shooter.
- One driver/shooter and two passenger shooters.
- One driver and one passenger shooter.
- One driver and two passenger shooters.
Any more persons – shooters or passengers – significantly increases the risk of mistakes and possible injuries unless the vehicle is customised to accommodate higher numbers of persons. The driver and all passengers should not have consumed alcohol, illicit or recreational drugs 24 hours prior to the hunt nor during the hunt.
v All firearms must be UNLOADED (no cartridge in chamber) when in transit.
v All firearms must be UNLOADED (no cartridge in chamber) when unattended. Unattended is when the firearm is not in the hands of and in control of the shooter.
v The firearm should only be loaded, when game is present and in control of the shooter and pointed away from any part of the vehicle and any part of occupants. The firearm must be SAFE. SAFE means open breach or reliable safety catch on, so the firearm cannot accidently discharge.
v The firearm should only be made ready to fire when the target is in view, in range and presented where a successful hit be made allowing for a safe background. A safe background means that there is nothing that shouldn’t be struck by projectiles behind the target and 30degrees either side of the target.
v After shots are fired, the firearm must be UNLOADED again displaying the UNLOADED firearm condition to a buddy.
- Extreme care must be taken when alighting from the vehicle to engage the target. The firearm must be SAFE and not allowed to point towards any part of the vehicle and occupants. Made ready to fire only when trained toward the target.
- At the conclusion of the hunt, particular care must be taken. All firearms must be checked as they must be unloaded – breech open – before being transferred to other vehicles or secure storage. Firearms should be stored uncocked to preserve the integrity of the firing spring.