Guns conf iscated during duck opening weekend


Poachers caught hunting without licences and with lead shot marred the opening weekend of the duck season on the West Coast.
Fish and Game West Coast rangers caught half a dozen poachers breaking the rules over the weekend and seized their guns. Those caught will face prosecution with a maximum fine of $5000 for each offence.
Manager Dean Kelly said of particular concern were landowners who thought they were exempt from the rules, despite pre-season warnings.
“Some poachers aren’t getting the message, though, and it was disappointing to encounter the number of offences we did.”
Despite the breaches, rangers said hunters had a good weekend, with a few birds destined for the table.
“It was particularly good hunting on the riverbeds. The drought conditions over summer had concentrated the birds on the larger water bodies and riverbeds, with both locals and visiting hunters making the most of these opportunities.”
Rangers would be out in force throughout the West Coast for the rest of the season, which closes on July 28.
“Due to what was encountered on opening weekend we will be concentrating our efforts on private property and those abusing the ‘lawful occupier exemption’. The use of non-toxic shot has now been law for over a decade and there is also a zero tolerance approach to enforcing this rule, this includes private property.”