A couple of weeks ago the NSW Game Council issued a press release entitled “Illegal Hunters Caught In Illawarra Blitz”, bragging that a coordinated operation by the Illawarra police and Game Council resulted in a man charged with hunting with a silenced firearm, four men charged with trespassing and a commercial guide charged with trespassing. The release said the Game Council’s chief executive officer Brian Boyle was involved in the “crackdown” and “commended the strong action taken by police.”
In May the Game Council issued a press release commending the police for prosecuting someone for hunting deer without a licence.
In an attempt to sell more game licences, the Game Council tries to appear shooter friendly. It takes stands at gun shows, advertises in shooting magazines and employs shooters as field officers. It would have you believe it is on the side of shooters.
Obviously only certain shooters.
The use of silencers is considered thoughtful in most parts of the world and trespass is the business of the property owner, not the police. Deer are exotic to Australia and most people would consider it laughable to be prosecuted for shooting them.
Sneaking around with the police to catch people who don’t obey laws that harm nobody else is the other side of the Game Council.
What makes it worse is that the government subsidises the Game Council by about $4 million a year because only about 7,000 shooters have paid for a licence. The rest of the hunters of NSW (over 150,000 of them) are voting with their wallets.
What’s the bet a lot less than 7,000 renew their licences once it becomes known the money is being used to fund brownshirts?