The Department of Primary Industries in New South Wales has issued a warning to hunters heading into the field this Queens Birthday long weekend to make sure they are hunting withing the law. Illegal and unlicensed hunters will be in their sights during a state-wide compliance operation, they say.
According to a report n the Newcastle Herald, DPI Game Licensing Unit manager Troy Hogarth said the enforcement of new requirements introduced earlier this year would be a key component of the operation.
‘‘With the reopening of state forests for hunting, there is certainly a focus on safety and education,’’ Mr Hogarth said.
‘‘As part of the weekend’s operations we will be checking that licensed hunters comply with all the new regulations. This includes holding a license and current permit as well as carrying a working GPS device with detailed mapping data installed.’’
The long weekend is considered a busy hunting period – more than 200 forests are open.
Mr Hogarth said NSW enforced strict, non-negotiable rules on hunting of animals.
So, the message is: let's be careful out there.