Bet­ter sig­nage a win for hunters

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

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.”

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