Dove Hunting Shooting Safety Tips
Hunters should always put safety most of all, and dove shooting safety comes with its unique set of concerns. Caution becomes even more important when hunting in another country, as people from another culture don’t always keep to the same safety practices we will-and it’s hard to think of anything scarier than winding up in a foreign prison after an accidental shooting.
Luckily, it will require very little effort to remain safe inside the field. Here are some dove shooting safety tips from our outfitters in Nicaragua
Things you should remember to keep you safe while dove hunting
1. Remember that You’re on Farmland
Nicaragua has such incredible dove hunters because it has huge stretches of farmland. Our Nicaragua dove hunting outfitters always operate in agricultural areas, and therefore means arriving in close exposure to farmers along with their livestock.
This isn’t simply a concern in Nicaragua, either. The vast majority of us dove hunts are carried out over freshly harvested fields. If people are all about, just outside of sight, one should always shoot as.
In Nicaragua, field workers will frequently move directly into shooting areas during the period of their daily work-sometimes even during horseback. They do this realizing that their lives rely on you using safe shooting practices.
2. Shoot at the Safe Angle
You can make the event of an accident almost impossible by following one rule: never shoot at anything under a 45° angle. Unless you happen to be four feet tall, this would ensure that the end of your own barrel always points over the heads of your own fellow shooters. Your shots goes high of everyone close to you.
Remember, there are actually literally countless doves in Nicaragua. You don’t should shoot at each low-flying bird that passes by. Let those ones go. A huge selection of additional opportunities will present themselves at safe heights.
3. Pay Attention to Others
Know where every other shooter is positioned, along with where your field assistants and guides are. Maintain 360° awareness so that you never end up pointing your gun at someone else in your party.
4. Pay Attention to Yourself
Stay mindful of where you are in terms of where others are trying to shoot. Try not to surprise the others with sudden relocations.
If you feel like you need to move because you haven’t had enough decent shots in your current position, talk to the outfitters. They’ll find a better spot and move you over there safely.
If you need to stop shooting for a bit, try to stay still in your assigned position. Moving out into the open could cause you to turn into a living scarecrow. If you frighten all of the doves away, your fellow wingshooters may have a hard time forgiving you.
5. Keep Your Guns Unloaded
There are actually 3 x when you ought to always check to be certain your guns are unloaded: (1) before leaving the lodge, (2) whenever you reach the field and (3) once you’ve finished shooting.
If you’re using a semi-auto shotgun, keep the receiver open until you’re ready to shoot. If you’re using a break-open, keep it broken or inside its case. Here some women tips in choosing a shotgun.
6. Eye Protection
I consider this tip absolutely mandatory. Never hunt doves without eye protection. You’re simply too likely to encounter a stray pellet, for reasons described in the earlier paragraph. A good cheap kind of sunglasses from the local gas station are sufficient to block the lowest-velocity pellet from crippling your eyeball. However, keep in mind the pellet may come from your right or left. Safety glasses built to extend throughout the corners of your eye are best.
7. Dog Safety
The most notable threat for your hunting dogs may be the September heat, that may remain oppressive. This is especially true if you failed to keep her in shape through the summer. However, even fit canine athletes are susceptible without proper care. Always bring lots of cool water, not simply to your dog to drink but to wet her down ahead of and during the hunt. Remember, dogs can’t sweat, so an excellent bath can be the distinction between a happy dog and heat stroke.
If the retrieves start piling up, keep an eye on your dog, on warm days, especially. Just a little panting is ok-wobbly, disorientation and lameness legs usually are not. Obtain that dog in cool water (with ice, if you can) without delay. You have to get its internal temperature down.
I adore hunting doves by using a dog, which is amongst the reasons In addition, i like hunting a farm pond with grains nearby. The pond attracts thirsty doves so it helps keep my dog cool and wet.
Your pet can even increase your safety. Hunters may lose track of you while you’re out fetching birds, but not if you have a retriever to quickly run them down for you.
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Some Final Dove Shooting Safety Tips
Be careful to avoid shooting songbirds, birds of prey, or some other non-game birds that fly into the brand of sight. Nicaragua has laws protecting several of these species. Talk to your outfitter to make sure it’s legal and that your identification skills are up to par if you’re interested in targeting something other than doves or pigeons.
Clifford Sanderson is an internet marketer for Nicaragua Bird Hunting and the sole author of this Dove Hunting Blog. Follow me at Twitter @DoveHunter and on Google.
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