Alleged illegal hunters facing court sends message to wrongdoers
TWO Victorian hunters have allegedly been detected illegally hunting on private property near Eden on the far south coast during a New South Wales Department of Primary Industries compliance operation last month.
DPI Game Licensing Unit Compliance Branch Team Leader Troy Hogarth said a firearm was seized and the men were to face court.
Mr Hogarth said coinciding with the opening of the fallow, red and wapiti deer hunting season on March 1, the GLU had conducted numerous compliance checks across the state to ensure hunters were obeying NSW game hunting regulations and hunting legally, safely and ethically.
“We have spoken to more than 50 game hunting licence holders hunting on state forest, resulting in a 94% compliance rate, which is very pleasing,” he said.
“Those that were non-compliant were cautioned around minor low-risk breaches of the rules for hunting on public land.
“The unit has also received a number of reports of illegal hunting and we have either responded or are in the process of investigating these incidents.”
Mr Hogarth said the GLU was conducting ongoing inquiries relating to a number of individuals hunting illegally in NSW, and compliance officers would continue to work closely with the NSW Police Force, Forestry Corporation of NSW and local communities to enforce hunting laws.
“Prior to hunting, you must have permission from landholders and land managers,” he said. The GLU is urging local communities to report illegal hunting through the joint GLU and NSW Police program called Shut the Gate on Illegal Hunting.
Reports can be made anonymously by calling GLU’s report line 1800 SHUT IT.
Remember to please include the time, date and place of the alleged offence, as well as particulars about any vehicles and individuals involved.
Prior to hunting, you must have permission from landholders... — Troy Hogarth