Illegal hunters will be prosecuted

Last updated 15:31 21/02/2013
Tom Taylor
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Balclutha Senior Constable Tom Taylor.

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Hunters are being warned to keep their hunting on the right side of the law.

Last September, a privately owned trophy fallow stag was illegally shot and killed on a private hunting block in the Milton area.

The stag was valued at $3000 and was one of a number of stags bred for paying overseas hunting clients to stalk trophy heads.

Balclutha Senior Constable Tom Taylor said the person identified for illegally killing the animal was apprehended and convicted and was ordered to pay the cost of reparation for the animal.

It was a warning to others to make sure they had a valid hunting permit for a specific hunting area, or permission from the land owner to hunt on private property, otherwise hunting on that land was illegal, Mr Taylor said.

"Police will deal with any such incidents seriously and identification of those clearly offending will result in prosecution and firearms licence revocation action being taken."

There are numerous offences for those caught, the most serious being Theft of Animal, which is punishable by seven years in prison. Other offences are also identified under the Wild Animal Control Act 1977, Arms Act 1983, Summary Offences Act 1981 and Conservation Act 1987.

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