Loaded guns left unattended during maimai duck shooting

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Otago Police are calling on duck shooters to take care of themselves, their mates and their firearms, after opening weekend in the region was marred by a tragic death and a unattended gun incident.

Photo: Fish and game

Owaka family man Rikki McCall was killed in what appeared to be a hit-and-run while returning home after spending the opening day of the season shooting ducks.

In another incident, loaded firearms were found unattended in a maimai in North Otago.

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Senior Sergeant Anthony Bond said shooters need to remember their firearms responsibilities.

“We were working with Fish & Game and traveling with them. They were checking the butts in this inland area of ​​Palmerston and found one that had left the guns loaded and no one around. So they seized them and there will be an investigation. on why it happened.”

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Drinking and shooting didn’t mix, and if people were drinking, they should plan their trip ahead, Bond said.

“The two don’t go together – it’s one or the other,” he said.

“If you’re going to drink, put the guns away, make sure they’re safe, then have a few drinks if you’re going to hopefully celebrate getting a few ducks.

“In rural areas, trips to bars can be quite long and taxis are limited. I hope there are courtesy vans, but remember not to drink and drive. The police will be around the breath tests. But if you’re drinking and you’ve got a gun that can be a very lethal combination.”

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Duck shooters should plan ahead when it comes to travel.

“Use the courtesy vans, have a sober driver to and from the pub, and your weekend will be memorable for all the right reasons.”

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