New Program Launches Message for Pig Doggers: Hunt Safe, Hunt Legal
A new program aimed at increasing awareness of the responsibilities of pig doggers in NSW has been launched in Orange today.
Member for Orange and Chair of the Rural Crime Advisory Group (RCAG), Andrew Gee, launched the ‘Hunt Safe, Hunt Legal’ program at the Mount Canobolas summit in Orange.
“This new program is aimed at reducing the number of pig doggers hunting on private property illegally, hunting without a licence on public lands or breaching hunting and animal cruelty regulations,” Mr Gee said.
“The guide produced for the program clearly outlines the impact these activities can have on the community, particularly landholders and their families.
“There are plenty of ways people can legally hunt for pigs in NSW and this new program highlights those ways for hunters who want to be responsible and ethical while hunting feral pigs.”
Mr Gee said hunters can legally pig dog on private property with the permission of the owner or manager and on some public lands including State Forests, with a current R-licence.
“There are 170 State forests where hunting pigs with dogs is allowed during the day and also 19 State forests where hunting is allowed during the day and at night,” Mr Gee added.
“However, hunting in National Parks, Nature Reserves, State Conservation Areas and Historic Sites in NSW is strictly prohibited.”
Penalties for illegal pig dogging include on the spot fines, the seizure of hunting equipment, dogs and vehicles, as well as the cancellation of licences and even court action.
The new guide also provides tips for managing disease risks to hunting dogs and their owners, as some debilitating diseases are carried by feral pigs in NSW and can be easily spread. The booklet will be available for download online at the DPI website, at local Police stations, DPI offices and various hunting retail points around NSW.
Kit bags, dog leads and stickers are available for hunters in addition to the new guide.
For more information on the Hunt Safe, Hunt Legal be a responsible pig dogger program, visit http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/content/hunting/be-a-responsible-pig-dogger