South Auckland men arrested for allegedly hunting on private Waikato farmland
Two men are facing charges for allegedly killing deer without permission on a Waikato farmer's land.
The two Papakura men, aged 31 and 28, were caught with two deer carcasses, guns, ammunition and knives in their car by police on Sunday afternoon.
They claimed to have been hunting on what they thought was Department of Conservation bushland at Te Miro, near Cambridge, Waikato police Senior Sergeant Rupert Friend said.
"They were hunting on a bush reserve of some description and have shot deer on a farmer's land."
The farmer spotted the pair and called police, Friend said.
"They have loaded the deer into their vehicle and left the scene by the time police arrived."
Relaying the registration number of the car enabled local police from Cambridge to track down the vehicle, which they stopped on its way back to Auckland.
After locating the dead deer inside the car, police said the two men were charged with unlawful hunting and theft of an animal.
It was likely they would also lose their firearms licences and have their guns seized and destroyed.
Friend said anyone intending to hunt on DOC land needs a permit and must be aware of the boundaries between private and public land.
The pair will appear in Hamilton District Court at a later date.