Wangaratta police are warning deer hunters travelling to the area for the hunting season that illegal activity will not be tolerated.
Local police and community members are fed up with the behaviour of some hunters which over the past few years has led to shots fired into homes and intimidation.
Inspector Kerrie Hicks said most registered hunters were law abiding but it was the disrespectful minority that ruin the reputation of all hunters.
“Over the years we’ve seen hunters shooting from roads and across private land, cutting fences letting out stock and threatening locals,” Insp Hicks said.
“This simply isn’t acceptable and police will be working with partners to crack down on this behaviour this hunting season.”
Police want to encourage anyone with information about hunters acting illegally to contact Crime Stoppers on 1300 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
“We want to work with the community and the large majority of law abiding hunters to tackle this issue,” Insp Hicks said.
“Unfortunately we’ve found a lot of incidents go unreported. 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.”
Insp Hicks said it anyone found themselves in danger to call Triple Zero (000) so the nearest police officer can attend.
On – 08 Jun, 2018 By