Hunting is becoming a significant problem in the Wollongong area. This has prompted a warning from the Department of Primary Industries, who say it’s NOT OK to hunt deer on the escarpment or in the National Park.
A 31 year old man has been arrested and faced court this week after he was found allegedly hunting on public land. The man was apprehended in a residential area and was in possession of a compound bow and a range of other hunting equipment.
This has prompted the DPI to make clear the rules regarding hunting, especially the hunting of Rusa Deer. “Illegal hunting has a significant impact,” says Game Licensing Team Leader Troy Hogarth, “and the community is fed up with people who don’t do the right thing.”
“It’s illegal to hunt on any land without the permission of the land owner. This includes Council and Crown land, and the National Park, as well as land that is privately owned.
“From my understanding there is no Crown Land on the Illawarra escarpment where people can hunt legally.
“In order to hunt within the constraints of the law, with either a firearm or a bow, you need the written permission of the property owner. You need to ensure you are hunting in a safe manner, and if you are hunting deer you must also hold a NSW Game Hunting Licence.”
Mr Hogarth says if you see anyone you believe is hunting illegally in the Northern Illawarra, please contact the police.