Better signage a win for hunters
THE Sporting Shooters Associate of Australia (SSAA) and the Victorian Hounds Hunters (VHH) have praised Parks Victoria on a new initiative for better signage in legal hunting areas.
Parks Victoria recently outlined plans under the State Government’s Sustainable Hunting Action Plan to help guide hunters to state game reserve land.
The move shows a clear commitment from Park’s Victoria towards delivering better outcomes for hunters as many of Victoria’s current state game reserve lands are incorrectly signed or not signed at all.
SSAA Victorian Hunting development manager David Laird said it was a positive step for hunters.
“Uniform signage will make it easier for hunters and the general public to know where hunting is allowed,” he said.
“This will reduce confusion, better enable hunters to comply with legislation and reduce complaints where well-meaning people genuinely believe that hunters are shooting in prohibited areas.”
The new signage is also set to clearly mark access points and routes to get to State Game Reserve land.
There is currently ambiguity over unmarked road reserves that can be mistaken for private property or that are fully fenced off.
“Again this will enable hunters to more easily identify where they can hunt,” Mr Laird said.
“Just as importantly it will let the general public know that hunting is a legal and legitimate activity in those areas.”
Victorian Hounds Hunters president Mark Hesse mirrored similar views.
“We applaud such an initiative and fully support the installation of such signs,” he said.
“I see this interaction as a definite positive in terms of hunter education, transparency and respect towards other bush user groups.”