Police nab illegal hunter during weekend trip

WRONG PLACE: Police issue an infringement notice issued to Molong man during illegal hunting trip. Photo: FILE
WRONG PLACE: Police issue an infringement notice issued to Molong man during illegal hunting trip. Photo: FILE

AN ILLEGAL hunting trip on Good Friday has resulted in police issuing an infringement notice to a Central West man.

NSW Police state rural crime co-ordinator Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside said the incident occurred on April 19.

"Police from the Rural Crime Prevention Team issued an 18-year-old man from Molong with an infringement notice for the offence of Enter Private Land to Hunt," he said.

MAP: The Molong man was on a hunting trip to The Marra

"The man was detected during Operation Ambush on the Lemongrove Road, The Marra."

Operation Ambush is an ongoing operation being conducted by the Rural Crime Prevention Team that targets illegal hunting and trespassing offences in the western region.

"The operation was a great success and highlighted the unit's ongoing commitment to protecting landholders from persons illegally entering their properties and hunting without permission," Det Insp Whiteside said.

During the operation, legal action was taken against various individuals for hunting without permission, dog offences, driving and drug offences.

"Police also conducted stock inspections, business inspections on licensed premises and random breath testing," Det Insp Whiteside said.

Members of the NSW DPI Hunting team were also deployed in support of the operations.

These types of operations are an ongoing strategy for Rural Crime Investigators.

Det Insp Whiteside said people who are "doing the right thing and hunting while properly licensed and with the relevant permissions have nothing to fear".

"Police are targeting offenders who wilfully trespass on properties and hunt, often damaging and stealing property along the way," he said.

Anyone who detects people hunting or trespassing on their property should call triple-0 immediately.

If you have any information regarding people involved in this type of activity, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.