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Man charged after entering a National Park in the Upper Hunter to illegally hunt deer

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A man has been charged after entering a National Park in the Upper Hunter to illegally hunt deer.

Police will allege that sometime between 6:30pm on Saturday 14 March and 5:30pm on Sunday 15 March 2020, a 33-year-old man and a woman went to the Towarri National Park near Scone with two tracking dogs and armed with a rifle for the purposes of illegal game hunting deer.

Hunter Valley Rural Crime Prevention Team officers were notified by National Park and Wildlife Services and commenced a multi-agency investigation with DPI – Game Licencing Unit and National Parks and Wildlife.

Following extensive inquiries, earlier this month police attended a home in Blacksmiths near Newcastle and spoke with a 33-year-old man.

He has since been issued with a future court attendance notice for the offences of hunt, shoot, injure, capture, etc or possess animal in park, carry and possess firearm etc or prohibited weapon, and charge, possess, control animal in park or on road in park.

Police also executed a search warrant at another home where they located and seized ammunition, a silencer and clothing.

He is due to face Scone Local Court on Wednesday 22 July 2020.

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