NSW DPI game licensing unit targeting illegal hunting hot spots this winter

COURT DATE: A motorists who failed to stop for NSW DPI inspectors has wound up in court. Photo: FILE
COURT DATE: A motorists who failed to stop for NSW DPI inspectors has wound up in court. Photo: FILE

A MOTORIST who failed to stop for NSW DPI game licensing unit (GLU) officers was recently convicted in court.

During a routine patrol near Oberon, GLU officers attempted to stop a vehicle of interest.

"Subsequent investigations identified the driver of the vehicle at the time and the passenger," GLU director Dr Andrew Moriarty said in a statement.

"As a result, the passenger was issued penalty infringement notices for hunting offences and the driver issued a court attendance notice for hunting offences and failing to stop."

The matter was heard before Oberon Local Court in July and the driver was convicted of a hunting equipment offence and fined $750 and also fined a further $750 for failing to stop when directed.

Failing to stop when directed by a GLU inspector is an offence.

NSW DPI game licensing unit director Dr Andrew Moriarty

Dr Moriarty said the GLU will target illegal hunting hot spots with NSW Police this winter with a specific a focus on roadside stops on hunters' vehicles.

"Hunters across NSW are reminded that both GLU Inspectors and NSW Police officers have powers to stop vehicles they believe are involved in hunting offences," he said.

"Failing to stop when directed by a GLU inspector is an offence, with drivers who fail to stop issued with a court attendance notice.

"GLU Inspectors have significant investigative powers to assist them track down drivers who fail to stop as well as powers to seize vehicles suspected of being involved in hunting offences."

Communities are urged to report illegal hunting activity through the joint GLU and NSW Police program: Shut the Gate on Illegal Hunting.

Reports can be made anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.