Men from Maffra, Stratford and Heyfield arrested near Orbost on firearms charges

MEN from Maffra, Stratford and Heyfield have been arrested following a multi-agency operation conducted in bushland near Orbost on Thursday.

A number of hunting parties were intercepted and checked for firearms and hunting permit compliance which resulted in the four arrests.

One man, a 35-year-old from Maffra, is expected to be charged on summons with firearm offences and possessing a hound in a national park.

Three other men, a 35-year-old from Heyfield, a 34-year-old from Stratford and a 27-year-old Maffra man, are expected to be charged on summons with various firearm offences including unsecured firearm and ammunition and firearm licensing offences.

Investigators also seized four firearms and an amount of ammunition.

This operation is part of a co-coordinated effort between Victoria Police, the Game Management Authority and partner agencies to ensure that hunting is conducted in a safe, responsible and sustainable manner.

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