Hound hunting season open
GAME Management Authority chief executive officer Greg Hyams announced last month that hound hunting for Sambar deer season was open from April 1.
“Hunters must respect land boundaries, only hunt in legal areas and ensure they do not hunt on or across roads,” he said.
“Everyone must ensure their hounds are the correct breed and are registered.”
Champion shooter Nick Kirley, from Mansfield Hunting and Fishing, was prepared for an upturn in traffic on the weekend, staying open late on Friday night to accommodate hunters’ needs.
“We don’t just supply for the Mansfield area, but a lot of people come through on their way to other regions,” he said.
“They will be mainly buying ammo, clothing and camping gear they’ve forgotten.”
Aside from the Sambar hound hunting season, he said there will be just as many deer hunters out chasing Fallow deer during the current rut – not to mention all the duck hunters that are still out.
“I think it is pretty good for the town – a lot of people come through here,” said Mr Kirley.
“And they spend a lot of money.
“Two years ago, they did a study and found something along the lines of $10 million was spent by hunting related traffic in this town alone.”
GMA game officers will be active throughout private and public land across the state during the season to ensure hunters act in a safe and responsible manner.
Hunters are reminded they must be licensed, respect private property, adhere to bag limits and use firearms safely.
A DOG’S LIFE: The hounds and the hunters were more than ready for this year’s deer season opening on April 1. PHOTO: Joe deSousa