WITH hog deer season approaching, Stratford police are warning hunters any illegal activity will not be tolerated.
Firearm owners are urged to ensure they have the appropriate licence and permits and that they comply with relevant legislation before shooting on public or private land.
While most registered hunters are law abiding, the disrespectful minority can ruin the reputation of all hunters.
Police would like to remind the community all public land in the Wellington Shire is recognised deer habitat, and that it is an offence to possess a firearm in recognised deer habitat while in possession of a spotlight between 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise, and to be in possession of a loaded firearm on a public road or to be on private land without the consent of the owner.
Police will be conducting targeted operations in coming weeks at Perry Bridge and surrounding areas.
Those who commit offences against the Firearms Act may have their firearms licences cancelled and their firearms forfeited, and face criminal charges.
Police have also been working closely with landholders in the area to ensure greater detection and reporting of offences.
Community members are encouraged to report illegal hunting, trespassing or any other illegal activities on or around their properties to their local police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
As always, those in immediate danger should phone 000 so the nearest police officer can attend.