Illegal hunting in the crosshairs this weekend

The Department of Primary Industries Game Licensing Unit will hold a major compliance operation over the Easter long weekend.

Licensing Unit acting director Dr Andrew Moriarty said with the re-opening of about 200 state forests for hunting earlier this year, Department of Primary Industries (DPI) renewed its focus on compliance and community awareness.

“Easter long weekend is traditionally the busiest hunting weekend of the year, and we want all forest users to be aware of the recent changes to recreational hunting in state forests,” Dr Moriarty said.

“NSW now maintains the strictest conditions and regulations in the country and our enforcement officers, in conjunction with NSW Police will be out in force to ensure compliance.

“As part of the new requirements, all hunters must pass two new education modules on outdoor navigation and the rules around accessing state forests for hunting.

“They must ensure that they carry a working GPS device with detailed mapping data installed at all times when hunting in state forests.”

The operation will include covert surveillance in addition to responding to any reports of illegal activity.

“We are very proud to report zero serious safety incidences and the removal of almost 100,000 game and pest animals, over the past seven years of licensed hunting in state forests in NSW.

“It’s vital that we work with other forest users to share and maintain recreation in our state forests,” Dr Moriarty said.

To report illegal hunting phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. More information about hunting on public land is available at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au

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