Out of pocket and patience with illegal hunting in Otago and Soutland

13 days ago NZ Herald

Photo / Steve CouperThe penalties for unlawful hunting were “woeful” and failed to deter offenders, he said. There were 39 convictions for unlawful hunting in Southland and Otago courts in the five years to June last year. A still from a trail camera of a poacher on a Central Otago property in 2020. Its high country industry group’s Central Otago rep, Andrew Paterson, said unlawful hunting had long been a source of frustration for farmers. Constable Allan Lynch, of Middlemarch, says the number of people convicted of unlawful hunting is a ‘‘tiny fraction’’ of those doing it.
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