Hunters turned poachers by licence error

A mistake in the state’s new firearms licence regime means that tens of thousands of shooters have been turned into poachers.

20th February, 2010

A mistake in the state’s new firearms licence regime means that tens of thousands of shooters have been turned into poachers.

Almost none of the estimated 200,000 shotgun owners who had been granted permits since the licence was introduced last year was asked to sign a declaration permitting them to hunt wild fowl and other game, the Department of the Environment has confirmed.

The old licence included a declaration under the 1929 Wildlife Acts...

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