Two men have been charged and a third fined, following alleged illegal hunting offences in the Hunter Valley in early April 2021.
On the 12 April 2021, detectives from the Hunter Valley Police District Rural Crime Prevention Team commenced inquiries into the illegal hunting of a Red Deer Stag on rural properties in the Kars Springs area near Scone.
Police executed a search warrant on a rural property in the Merriwa area on Wednesday 21 April 2021.
During this search, police located and seized two unregistered .22 rifles, an amount of ammunition, gun powder, cannabis and a GPS device.
On the 24 August 2021, a 23-year-old Muswellbrook man was issued an infringement notice for the offence of 'Enter Private Land to Hunt Animal Without Owner's Consent'.
On the 28 August 2021, a 25-year-old South Tamworth man was issued with a Future Service Court Attendance Notice for the offences of 'Give Firearm to Person Not Authorised by Licence/Permit' and 'Handle (supply) Explosive/Precursor without Authorising Licence'. His firearm licence has also been suspended.
On 28 August 2021, a 32-year-old Merriwa man was issued with a Future Court Attendance Notice for the offences of 3 x Possess Unauthorised Firearm, Possess Ammunition Without Licence, Handle Explosive/Precursor Without Authorising Licence, Possess Prohibited Drug, Not Keep Firearm Safely and Enter Private Land to Hunt Animal Without Owner's Consent'.
Both the 25-year-old and 32-year-old men are due to appear before Scone Local Court on the 20 October 2021.
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