Four men have been charged with trespass and illegal hunting offences alleged to have occurred in the state’s north earlier this year.
On Saturday 16 May 2020, officers attached to Central North Police District responded to reports of a missing person on a property at Walgett.
A search involving numerous police and volunteers was conducted and the man, aged 19, was located the following day.
Following inquiries by the NSW Police Force – Rural Crime Prevention Team at Walgett, it was established four men from the Orange area attended the property in contravention of the Public Health directions at the time.
It is alleged the men were in possession of a compound hunting bow and arrows and did not have permission to enter and hunt on the land by the property owner.
They were issued Infringement Notices for travelling to regional NSW, having notice of the direction did without reasonable excuse fail to comply with the direction in travelling from Orange to an area outside Walgett with intention of camping.
Following investigations by the Walgett Rural Crime Prevention Team, four men have now been issued with Court Attendance Notices.
A 19-year-old man from Orange was charged with aggravated unlawful entry on agricultural land, enter private land and hunt without consent, hunt game animal without licence and attempt to harm a protected animal.
A 25-year-old man from Walgett and a 22-year-old man from Orange were charged with aggravated unlawful entry on agricultural land.
A 20-year-old man from Walgett was charged with aggravated unlawful entry on agricultural land and enter private land and hunt without consent.
They will appear before Walgett Local Court on Tuesday 22 September 2020.