North Canterbury Clay Target Association (NCCTA)
269 Boundary Road - Fernside

Range Rules

The following outlines the basic requirements of safety and range use protocols in place at the NCCTA as ordered by the NCCTA Committee.


  • All visitors are to follow instruction(s) of the Duty Manger, without question, where safety related issues are apparent. Failure to comply with Duty Manger requests will result in that individual(s) being asked to leave the grounds. Any such incident will be reported to the Committee for further investigation.
  • No assembled shotguns are to be brought into the clubrooms by shooters, if you wish to store your gun in the club rooms please ensure it is broken down before bringing it inside, please advise our Duty Manager if you wish for us to store it for you
  • All Shotguns are to carried open and unloaded as visitors move about the grounds, with barrels pointed in a safe direction.
  • At all times shooters must abide by the Referee or Range Officers requirements whilst on the range
  • All Semi-automatics are to be carried unloaded with the action open, with the barrel pointed in a safe direction. When on the mark no more than two shells can be loaded into a semi-automatic at one time and must be fully unloaded between turns.
  • No slings are permitted.
  • Only lead shot, sizes 7 and higher (8 & 9) are permitted.
  • Only shotguns are permitted to be used in the appropriate locations on the grounds. No other firearms are to be discharged on the grounds.
  • It is the NCCTA expectation your equipment will be in good condition, safe to use and reliable.
  • When not in use it is the owner’s responsibility to secure firearms and ammunition in vehicles.
  • You may not handle another person’s shotgun without the permission of the owner.
  • Attire - it is the expectation of the club that clothing is appropriate and will not have offensive wording displayed and footwear must of a type that is fully covered in – no jandals, sandals, etc.
  • Visitors are strictly forbidden to shoot at any live game on the grounds.
  • Eye (Sporting & Skeet compulsory) and ear protection is to be worn while shooting.
  • Hearing Protection is compulsory for all shooters, referee’s spectators etc. whilst on the range and shooting is underway
  • No visitor may continue to shoot after consuming any quantity of alcohol or be under the impairment of other substances which may include prescribed medicines.
  • Should you need to move forward of the mark to repair/reload a trap all guns must be unloaded prior which may include others from surrounding fields.
  • Ammunition will only be sold to persons that hold a Firearms License
  • Unlicensed shooters are only to shoot under the supervision of licensed shooters.

Discipline Specific

Sporting, Skeet

Shotguns can only be loaded when you are on “the mark” if your turn to shoot

When on the mark barrels must be pointed forward at all times

You must unload before you turn to leave the mark

All shotguns must remain fully unloaded between turns

5 Stand, DTL, Minis

Break type shotguns may be loaded but remain open on the mark until it’s your turn to shoot then the shotgun may be closed and fired

Semi-automatics can only be loaded (2 shells) when it’s your turn to shoot and must be fully unloaded immediately after shooting

When on the mark barrels must be pointed forward at all times

When moving from mark 5 to mark 1all shotguns are to be fully unloaded prior to leaving mark 5

These protocols may be amended without notice it is the visitor’s responsibility to be aware of the ground rules

By entering the grounds, you accept these protocols and further you enter at your own risk

By entering the grounds, you accept these protocols and further you enter at your own risk