Illegal deer hunters in the spotlight
VICTORIA Police in cooperation with Game Management Authority will crack down on illegal deer hunters across the state commencing with a state-wide operation on the Queen’s Birthday weekend.
Wangaratta Local Area Commander, Inspector Kerrie Hicks, said during her 18 months in the Wangaratta Police Service Area she has heard the frustration of locals about the illegal behaviour of some deer hunters.
“I want to assure you that local police share your frustration and are committed to doing something about it,” Insp Hicks said.
“While we know most registered hunters do the right thing there are a small group who break the law.
“Over the years we’ve seen cases of shots fired into private properties, trespass and threats.
“We will be running operations during this year’s deer hunting season with our partners focused on deterring and reducing these crimes.”
Insp Hicks said police were keen to work with the community to expose the illegal hunting activity.
“Unfortunately we’ve found a lot of incidents go unreported,” she said.
“Often people tell us that’s because they know there won’t be enough evidence or the hunters are no longer present.
“For police, information is key.
“Sometimes little pieces of information that seem insignificant can actually help us piece together a crime.
“Your seemingly small piece of information can be what helps us solve a crime.”
Members of the public who witness or know of suspected illegal deer hunting is occurring and feel they are in danger they should immediately call Triple Zero (000) so the nearest police officer can attend.
If you are not in immediate danger but you’ve seen or heard something that could help, please call Crime Stoppers on 1300 333 000.
Details such as vehicle registrations or descriptions of individuals involved will also assist authorities in identifying suspected offenders.
“By working together as a community I really think we can show the small group of disrespectful hunters that we are fed up and we won’t tolerate it,” Insp Hicks said.