If a sportsman true youâ€™d be
Listen carefully to me. . .
Never, never let your gun
Pointed be at anyone.
That it may unloaded be
Matters not the least to me.
When a hedge or fence you cross
Though of time it cause a loss
From your gun the cartridge take
For the greater safetyâ€™s sake.
If twixt you and neighbouring gun
Bird shall fly or beast may run
Let this maxim ere be thine
â€œFollow not across the line.â€
Stops and beaters oft unseen
Lurk behind some leafy screen.
Calm and steady always be
â€œNever shoot where you canâ€™t see.â€
You may kill or you may miss
But at all times think this:
â€œAll the pheasants ever bred
Wonâ€™t repay for one man dead.â€
Keep your place and silent be;
Game can hear, and game can see;
Donâ€™t be greedy, better spared
Is a pheasant, than one shared.
Originally appeared on www.basc.org.uk