Game Management Authority officers together with Victoria Police and Parks Victoria will continue to combine their efforts in conducting operations specifically targeting rogue deer hunters during the coming months.
GMA chief executive officer Greg Hyams said there was an operation from June 16 to 18 targeting hunters travelling to Buffalo (37km south of Leongatha) and Buckland Valley (11km north-west of Bright).
‘‘On Friday, June 16 around 25 cars were intercepted and inspected at a road block at the intersection of Rose River and Buffalo River Rd,’’ Mr Hyams said.
‘‘Five hunters were found to be illegally in possession of a firearm and spotlight in recognised deer habitat after sunset. Three will receive official warnings and the other two had their equipment seized and will most likely receive a summons to appear in court.’’
On Saturday, June 17, a patrol of the Simmons Creek Track and Buckland Valley area was done, with about 35 hound hunters, 10 stalkers and four gold prospectors spoken to.
Mr Hyams said one hunter would receive an infringement notice for illegally being in possession of a dog in a national park, while another is being investigated for carrying a loaded firearm on a public road.
■The GMA strongly encourages hunters and the public to report any suspected illegal hunting activity to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, the Customer Service Centre on 136186 or via the GMA website at www.gma.vic.gov.au or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
■For more information on game hunting in Victoria, visit www.gma.vic.gov.au