Alpine hunting incident

POLICE are reminding hunters to take extra care before pulling the trigger after a firearms incident in the Alpine National Park last month.

Investigators allege a 26-year-old Yallourn North man was stalking deer in the park near Licola around 5pm on Anzac Day when his gun discharged in the direction of another hunter, narrowly missing him.

The man was interviewed and released pending summons.

His firearms were also seized and his licence suspended.

Sergeant Eamon Leahy urged hunters to properly identify their targets before firing.

“Although this appears to be an isolated incident, it does serve as a reminder that many people use the national parks.

“Anyone using a firearm must be aware of this and ensure they are doing so in a safe and responsible manner because otherwise the consequences could be fatal.”

He also advises shooters to wear high visibility clothing while hunting.