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Verona man arrested on illegal hunting and firearms offences

Ian Campbell 17 June 2019
A Bega Valley mans has had his firearms licence suspended and three firearms seized. Photo: Rural Crime - NSW Police Facebook.

A Bega Valley mans has had his firearms licence suspended and three firearms seized. Photo: Rural Crime – NSW Police Facebook.

A 23-year-old Verona man has been arrested following alleged illegal hunting and firearm offences, with police warning others, “it’s just a matter of time before you get caught.”

In a joint operation involving the NSW Department of Primary Industries – Game Licensing Unit (GLU) and the Rural Crime Prevention Team, the 23-year-old was nabbed during the early hours of last Monday (June 10).

Police say, “the man was driving on Upper Brogo Road (north of Bega) with a registered firearm. He drove past a private property where he has never had permission to hunt and he sighted a large Samba Hybrid (Buck) deer on the property.

“He stopped his vehicle on Upper Brogo Road and shot the buck from the public roadway.

“After shooting the buck he returned his firearm to his vehicle, crossed a fence entering private property, and removed the bucks head from the carcass.”

Three days later, Rural Crime Investigators charged the man at the Bega Police Station. He has had his firearms licence suspended and his three firearms seized.

“The man has been charged with – discharging a firearm in a public place, hunt game animal on private land without a licence, and trespassing,” police report.

“If you intend to hunt illegally be ready to get caught as we are out when you least expect us, weekdays and weekends, it’s just a matter of time before you get caught.

“We have this message for you, change your ways and hunt legally, or it will be only a matter of time before we catchup with you too and put you before the Court,” police say.

The 23-year-old from Verona is due to appear before Bega Local Court on August 13.

If you have information about illegal hunting or firearms offences call your local police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

What's Your Opinion?

8 Responses to Verona man arrested on illegal hunting and firearms offences

Roslyn Russell Roslyn Russell 11:43 am 17 Jun 19

How does he think this is ok ! Just go stand there and shoot into someone property!

Keith Herbert Keith Herbert 11:51 am 17 Jun 19

Shot it and cut off its’ head. What a man.

James Peel James Peel 12:06 pm 17 Jun 19

Do stupid things and win stupid prizes. :-/

Peter Marshall Peter Marshall 12:09 pm 17 Jun 19

If he'd asked for permission from the landholders, he might not be in the pickle he's in now.

Wendy Hunter Wendy Hunter 1:22 pm 17 Jun 19

Glad the boys in blue nabbed him. An incredibly irresponsible use of his gun privileges.

Ben Marden Ben Marden 2:37 pm 17 Jun 19

AWESOME! I live on Upper Brogo rd & have had moronic rednecks do this type of thing on my property (never caught them in the act), hope the word gets out it is not on & completely illegal.

Keith H. Burgess 11:36 am 18 Jun 19

Gun control laws don't work, because criminals do not obey the laws!!! All that badly constructed gun laws do is disadvantage & punish law abiding licensed gun owners. In Australia we can't even use matchlock, wheellock or flintlock muzzle-loading pistol off range!!! These primitive 16th, 17th & 18th century guns have been placed on a restricted "H' class license!!! Don't tell me this is for public safety!!!

Keith.

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