Exam – safety on a driven hunt

by Krzysztof Turowski

As I promised, today, another part for hunter’s exam – safety on a driven hunt. The previous part is << here >>. Of course, once again I will not rewrite the whole regulation, and I will focus on explaining and describing some interesting things.

The bases remain the same, i.e. technically efficient weapons, optics regulated once a year, held barrels up or down. Each time before loading, we also check if the barrels are not plugged. Of course, we always check from the side of the chamber and do not ask a friend to check it for us. Plug may be a serious problem, because we can meet with something such as distension or rupture of the barrel. I do not think any of you would like this situation to happen, because of your health and weapon condition.
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Driven hunting itself always starts with briefing. It’s always defined as a briefing. The driven hunt is managed by the hunt master and it is not said that he must be from an authority of the hunting club. Even you can be a hunt master in future. Each participant of the driven hunt is subject to his decisions. Before briefing, a list of hunters and drivers is prepared – this data will also be useful for insurance. After the welcome, the hunt master informs about:

– species, numbers and sex of game covered by the hunting plan
– give the number of litters
– reminds about safety rules (those I am writing about now)
– discusses the signals (remember that there are 3 signals, of which the first and the second can be omitted, while you as the participants of the hunt are still responsible for the distance of the ban on shooting the litter)
– shows dogs taking part in the hunt
– informs the person responsible for the first aid kit
– gives other important information
– starts drawing lot cards starting with guests.

When specimens are given, it is worth to stop for a while, and talk about deers for a moment. A shot to deer can only take place after the consent of the huntmaster, and in conditions guaranteeing safety, but this does not apply to hunts from pulpits. This is due to the way deer is moving which bounces (different to wild boars). A shot towards of drivers would be too dangerou. The hunt leader may allow a shot at the moment when natural bullet catsh are provided after the shot – for example, the area with hills. Consider for a moment whether the hunting for roe buck is allowed during driven hunt, and why not (in Poland season for roe buck ends when driven hunting season starts)

The presentation of dogs is important due to the fact that sometimes dogs may look like fox in a litter. It is important that the hunter sees what dogs will appear on the hunt, simply to not confuse him with a predator. It is also helpful to give the cost of training such a dog, because the amount can act on the imagination.

It is worth mentioning the allowed magnification ratio which is not more than three. Why so? Well, the greater the multiplicity, the smaller the field of view is. The smaller field of view is less safety and the risk of not noticing something important. Remember the multiples and bright elements of the dress.
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Driven hunting has several of its variants – driven hunting, driven hunting from hunter’s box, and hunting for hares. We hunt for hares in at least 6 hunters, without the participation of dogs in the field, and there cannot be more than two hunters on the flanks. Swedish style hunting is a bit different, because the drivers move more chaotically inside and outside the litter, and hunters are subject to different distances of a safe shot, and what’s important – we can have a larger magnification of the scope.

After the briefing, we move into the cover and stand the place indicated by the hunt master without moving from it further than 3 meters to the right or left of the line of hunters. Changing our position could have prevented another hunter from shooting – if you moved backwards, you change the line and angle and you can block your friends because, according to the law, a shot is not allowed, where the bullet or pellet are less than 10 meters away from the line. While standing on a line, we do not block anyone. Aiming the moving target when it’s coming to the line equals barrels down. Do not aim in the direction of other hunters.

After taking the place, we confirm this by making eye contact with our nearest neighbors and, if possible, we confirm with a gesture of the hand. Thank’s that your colleagues know that where exactly you are. If you go further and pass someone who has already taken his position, always walk behind him – remember this man taking his place and loads his weapon. Do not appear between him and the litter. The weapon can be loaded after taking the first driven hunt, and the shot is allowed if the neighbors have already taken their positions.

Are we allowed to leave our position before the end of the drive? No, however, there are situations that require us to help in an emergency. Then we are allowed to leave the position. In addition, if we help a person attacked by the game, we even have to leave the position with the loaded weapon. Remember to never shoot the game when it attacks a person lying down from a standing position. If you have to shoot then knock and take the shot horizontally, so that the attacked man is not on the line of fire.
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Between the drives you must have an empty cartridge chamber which can be checked by the master of the hunt. Unload a weapon after finishing the last drive before leaving the position, this does not apply to the situation when you will be in a vehicle between drives – then you also need to unload the weapon. Besides, we use the same principle of bushes and movements about which I wrote in the previous part.

In addition to the Swedish method (driven hunt from hunter’s box), we always shoot from a standing position, never from a ditch or a hole due to the angle and lack of a natural bullet catch. We do not shoot from the line towards the flank and from the flank towards the line – remember there are people standing there. Remember about the distances shot in the litter and beyond the litter – these I do not give, because they can change soon. Also remember about the distances of the drivers – they differ in the case of the open area and the forest area. Remember about the right angle when you shoot the game bird and the boat mentioned in the previous section, because this situation can take place while driven hunt.

We do not use a hair trigger – this is only used on individual hunting. Latecomers do not join without informing the hunt master – this rule refers to the placement of hunters on the line and confirmation of this with their nearest neighbors. Remember that if you stand somewhere without such confirmation, then others may simply not know about it.

The hunt ends when the leader informs. Let’s remember the tradition of the display of the bag and the choice of the king, the vice king of the hunt and the king of the bad shooters.

Remember that the atmosphere of hunting depends on how hunters behave on it, and safety on it is particularly important. Do not forget about it. A successful hunt is a safe hunt and no one, even the biggest hunt won’t be nice if something bad happens.

Let’s hunt and uses our brains, and let’s enjoy the meeting together, even if we do not hunt anything that day.

Good luck on exams!
Happy hunting!

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