The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Game Licensing Unit (GLU) is asking hunters to make sure they hunt safely and responsibly during the Easter holiday period.
“The Easter break is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for hunting in NSW,” GLU Director Dr Andrew Moriarty said.
“NSW maintains strict conditions and regulations for hunting on both public and private land and anyone wishing to hunt this Easter should make sure they appropriately licensed.
“The GLU works closely with local communities, public land managers, the NSW Police Force and other agencies to regulate licensed hunting and deter illegal hunting in NSW.
"We have a very high level of hunter compliance on public land in NSW, and are pleased to see so many licensed hunters respect the rules and regulations for hunting in State forests.
“However, for those hunters who choose not to follow the rules, there is a very good chance they will be caught.
“The GLU will be out in force this Easter utilising surveillance cameras and regular patrols to keep a close eye on the forests and some private lands this Easter, checking hunting licences and equipment.
"Heavy penalties apply for those doing the wrong thing, and include penalty infringements, licence suspension and cancellation, the seizure of hunting equipment including motor vehicles, bows and firearms, as well as court action.”
Dr Moriarty said the GLU was urging local communities to be vigilant during the Easter break and report unlawful hunting through the joint GLU and NSW Police program called ‘Shut the gate on illegal hunting’.
Reports can be made anonymously by calling GLU’s report line 1800 SHUT IT. Please include the time, date and place of the alleged offence, as well as particulars about any vehicles and individuals involved.
The GLU recently released the NSW Game Hunting Guide, which sets out all the rules and regulations that apply to hunting in the State. The guide is available now on the GLU website.
Further information about game hunting is available at DPI’s website www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/hunting, or call the Customer Service Team on (02) 6391 3750.