hunting quail, chuckar or pheasant, we want the memory
of your shoot to be a good one. You can help ensure this
by having a safe hunt.
Every year hunters are killed in hunting accidents in
the United States. By virtue of the way quail fly, constantly
shifting variables, and the sheer number of lives within
the killing proximity of a shotgun, quail hunting offers
the greatest potential for an accident of all the upland
game bird opportunities.
Morning hunts at Red Rock Ranch are
scheduled from 9:30 to noon. Afternoon hunts begin at
2:00 and end at 4:30. As an additional safety measure,
no alcoholic beverages may be consumed prior to or during
hunting hours. Red Rock Ranch discourages betting by
hunters. We believe this introduces a hazardous situation
that encourages hunters to take an unsafe shot. A blaze
orange hunting vest is required before you enter the
field. We’ll loan you a vest to wear.
Blaze orange caps and clothing are available for sale in
our pro shop.
Voluntary practice at the trap range
takes place overlooking the Arkansas River. Many of our
guests are first-time hunters and others may not have
hunted for many years, so it’s
a good idea to shoot trap to get the feel of the shotgun
you’ll be using.
At 9:15 am, you’ll meet your
guide and move to an area of the ranch where you and
your partner will be separated from the other hunters.
As a safety measure, each hunting group at Red Rock Ranch
is positioned well away from all other hunters and activities.
Before you reach for your shotgun, please remember that
mankind has never invented a more effective close-range
weapon of destruction than the shotgun. It rips, separates
and destroys objects at close range.
Treat your shotgun with respect.
You should always make sure your
shotgun is on safety before loading. Make certain that
you load your shotgun while facing away from other hunters
and dogs. Then raise the muzzle and approach the point,
remaining constantly aware of the direction of the muzzle.
Do not release the safety until birds are in the air
and your gun is positioned at your shoulder and you’re
ready to shoot.
Now the excitement begins and the adrenaline builds toward
the explosion of whirring wings. This moment requires all
the mental capability and concentration you possess.
You and your hunting partner should always be two steps
ahead and on either side of your guide. You and your partner
should always remain in a straight line, a step or two
ahead of your guide.
The next thing your must do is locate the five variables
that are your responsibility to place at all times. They
are: Number 1: your partner. Number 2: your guide. Number
3: Dog number one. Number 4: Dog number 2; and Number 5:
Vehicles will not usually be in close range to your shooting
opportunities, but we must assume that there could be a
vehicle in range somewhere nearby.
Given the fact that you have each
of the five variables located, you have a range of swing
available. Should one or more of the five factors that
for be located in your slice of the pie, you must be aware
of them. You must be willing to pass up shots in order
to be a truly safe and courteous hunter. One of our guides’ most
frequent concerns about our guests involves the number
of times that the muzzle of a shotgun is pointed at the
guide or your hunting partner.
If you have a double barrel or over and under shotgun,
which we strongly prefer, break it open and cradle it on
your forearm. If you have any other type of shotgun, the
muzzle must be pointed up and away from people at all times.
The suitcase carry, over the shoulder and parallel sling
are carry styles that we know to be extremely dangerous
and must be avoided.
A frequent accident among hunters
that saddens everyone involves the shooting of one of
the bird dogs. It will completely ruin your hunt as well
as break your guide’s
heart since he’s very close to his dogs. This accident
can be avoided by following one hard and fast rule: Never
drop your shotgun below a horizontal plane with the ground
in an attempt to shoot a low flying bird.
We recognize that dogs and vehicles are important,
but human life is by far the most precious responsibility
to preserve in the field.
It’s so easy to break the hunting
formation by pausing to get set for the flush while the
guide and your partner continue to move forward. If this
happens, you have definitely jeopardized their lives
by placing them in front of your shotgun muzzle. Another
example of the hunting formation being broken is when
the guide moves forward to retrieve the birds. Never
take a shot at a bird that may come into view at this
Remember, you must be willing to pass up a shot in order
to assure the safety of everyone. This serious breach of
safety occurs mostly with experienced hunters. We believe
that a degree of overconfidence and adrenalin encourages
more experienced hunters to sometimes take a shot at a
stray bird and thus endanger the life of your partner,
the guide or one of the dogs. Again, please be
willing to pass up these shots.
Exercising good hunting safety takes concentration and
awareness of the terrible consequences that could occur
from overconfidence or carelessness.
Red Rock Ranch exists to showcase
some of Oklahoma’s
finest outdoor scenery and a hunting experience you will
want to relive again and again. If each of you accepts
your responsibility and places safety as your highest priority
for a successful hunt, your visit to Red Rock Ranch will
truly be a memorable and enriching experience.
Again, welcome to
Red Rock Ranch and good shooting.