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Duck shooters convicted

By Geoff Adams

Two men have been forced to pay $5000 each and have had their firearms seized and destroyed for committing hunting and firearm offences in northern Victoria.

Both men recently pleaded guilty in Shepparton Magistrates Court to, using toxic shot and being in possession of a firearm while hunting game ducks without a firearm or game licence, in March 2019.

Game Management Authority (GMA) director of compliance and intelligence, Paul Stevens said authorised officers from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) intercepted the men in their vehicle off Guy Road in Wanalta, west of Stanhope.

“Officers conducting a routine patrol intercepted the vehicle and on inspection found seven shot ducks, two shotguns and a leather gun belt holding ammunition,” Mr Stevens said.

“When questioned, the men admitted to hunting without a firearm or game licence.”

“Further infield testing of the shotshells also showed they had been illegally using lead (toxic) shot for duck hunting, which is prohibited in Victoria.”

Mr Stevens said people who hunt game duck in Victoria need to make sure that they hold a valid game licence, are familiar with the laws and are not hunting illegally.

“Those who break the law may face significant fines and penalties, be prosecuted, have their equipment confiscated and lose their Game and Firearms Licences,” Mr Stevens said

For more information on game hunting in Victoria, visit www.gma.vic.gov.au