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Illegal spotlighters prosecuted

Illegal spotlighters prosecuted

Two men have been fined and put on good behaviour bonds after being caught with firearms and spotlighting equipment in recognised deer habitat.

The Mansfield and Eppalock men were stopped at a roadblock at Dandongadale, south of Myrtleford, in June. Their vehicle was searched, uncovering several torches, a centrefire rifle and ammunition.

At Myrtleford Magistrates Court, the men were found guilty of illegal carriage of firearms and spotlighting equipment at night in recognised deer habitat.

Both received 12-month good behaviour bonds and were ordered to pay $750 to the Mansfield District Hospital.

Game Management Authority Chief Executive Greg Hyams said officers would continue to target illegal spotlighting from public roads and on public land.

“Illegal hunting can put people and wildlife at risk, plus it damages the reputation of law-abiding hunters,” he said.

Possession of unsecured spotlights and firearms in recognised deer habitat between 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise is an offence under the Wildlife (Game) Regulations 2012. For more information on game hunting in Victoria, click here.

SSAA Victoria members are encouraged to report any illegal hunting by going to the GMA website, calling 136 186 or contacting Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.