Deer fears at Jamieson

Mansfield Courier - - Front Page - By CARMEL DIXON

A MEET­ING was held in the Jamieson Memo­rial Hall last Mon­day.

Three mem­bers of the Game Man­age­ment Author­ity (GMA), Paul Stevens, Graeme Ford and Guy Gor­man, lo­cal Jamieson po­lice of­fi­cer Ge­orge Crawford, Woods Point po­lice of­fi­cer Ken Dwight, with meet­ing co-or­di­na­tor lo­cal res­i­dent Russell Bate, ad­dressed over 100 lo­cal res­i­dents.

The sub­ject was one of great con­cern, the mat­ter of il­le­gal deer shoot­ers in the Jamieson and sur­round­ing area, shoot­ing on pri­vate prop­erty without per­mis­sion, and some­times un­li­censed.

Lo­cal res­i­dent and Sport­ing Shoot­ers As­so­ci­a­tion club mem­ber and mem­ber of the Vic­to­rian Field and Game As­so­ci­a­tion, Ian Bol­well, de­scribed what he has done in re­cent months, re­mov­ing the body of many deer that have been il­le­gally shot and dumped.

Ian has been help­ing home­own­ers and farmers re­move the re­mains of the aban­doned game, then dis­pose of the re­mains, pre­vent­ing fur­ther health risks and con­tam­i­na­tion.

The com­mu­nity has been asked to call 000 if any­one sees spot­lights or hears the sound of shoot­ing af­ter dark.

The usual time recorded is from 11pm to 2am.

A num­ber of gun and sport­ing shooter club mem­bers were present at the meet­ing; most were con­tribut­ing in­for­ma­tion about their frus­tra­tions at the cava­lier be­hav­iour of il­le­gal spot­light­ing and the care­less dis­re­gard th­ese poach­ing shoot­ers have for live­stock and hu­man wel­fare.

A num­ber of home­own­ers in the outer ar­eas have re­ported bul­let holes in their homes to the po­lice in the val­leys and hills sur­round­ing Jamieson, Kev­ing­ton and Woods Point.

The col­lec­tion of in­tel­li­gence is vi­tal, ac­cord­ing to the GMA rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the po­lice.

All re­ports are at­tended to and help cre­ate a foot­print, to ap­pre­hend the cul­prits.

Now widely avail­able in­no­va­tions such as in­fra-red or ther­mal imag­ing makes il­le­gal shoot­ing eas­ier, as the ther­mal imag­ing negates the need for a spotlight, and mod­ern LED lights that can be fit­ted to firearms cover a greater range.

There was also a con­cern that it can lead to greater un­ex­pected trauma when bul­lets travel be­yond the tar­geted sub­ject.

There are also air guns avail­able now that use gas to fire the am­mu­ni­tion; this re­sults in a much qui­eter sound on fir­ing.

Most at­ten­dees at the meet­ing were amazed at the range of pro­jec­tiles’ dis­tance, once fired.

The meet­ing was a re­sound­ing suc­cess, in­for­ma­tive to the com­mu­nity and re­spect­ful to the le­gal sport­ing shoot­ers as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers.

The Game Man­age­ment Author­ity mem­bers were ef­fu­sive with their pleas to the gen­eral pub­lic, to make the (000) phone call.

The po­lice also ex­plained 000 will record the call and make sure the mes­sage is de­liv­ered.

The po­lice can cre­ate the pro­file with some of the smallest con­tri­bu­tions and have charged offenders with il­le­gal firearms of­fences.

Un­reg­is­tered firearms, the il­le­gal en­try to pri­vate prop­erty, firearms not trans­ported in reg­u­la­tion stor­age, ie locked cabi­net or metal boxes, have re­sulted in con­fis­ca­tion and de­stroy­ing of guns.

Il­le­gal spotlight shoot­ing in the coun­try is not iso­lated in the Jamieson area.

The com­mu­nity has been asked to be vig­i­lant with re­port­ing.

It’s up to us as a com­mu­nity, to re­main aware and re­port.

OH DEER: High deer num­bers in Jamieson and sur­rounds has caused il­le­gal spot­light­ing num­bers to rise.

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