Hound hunt­ing sea­son open

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS - By JAR­RAH LOH

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

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