Illegal hunting in Khancoban and Tumbarumba area targeted by police

HUNTED: A wild deer, pictured in a forest area in the North East.

HUNTED: A wild deer, pictured in a forest area in the North East.

POLICE have issued more than 30 infringement notices during a crackdown on illegal hunting in the Khancoban and Tumbarumba region.

Albury rural crime investigators joined officers from other stations and agencies for Operation Brushwood from Friday to Monday.

SEIZED: Items including guns, ammunition and knives were taken from the hunters.

SEIZED: Items including guns, ammunition and knives were taken from the hunters.

Police issued 32 infringement notices and laid two charges for a variety of offences, including not keeping a firearm safe, possessing a firearm in a public place, illegal hunting and possessing hunting equipment in a state forest.

Other offences included public knife possession, damaging or destroying vegetation in a national park and possessing a chainsaw in a national park.

Firearms, ammunition, knives and GPS trackers were seized.

Detective Inspector Winston Woodward said police had spoken to a large number of people.

He said the number of people undertaking unlawful and unsafe hunting was of concern to those involved in the operation.