Deer fears at Jamieson
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.