Al­leged il­le­gal hun­ters fac­ing court sends mes­sage to wrong­do­ers

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY -

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

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