Loaded guns left unattended during maimai duck shooting


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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