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Thursday, 7 March 2013

REVEALED: Culture of drugs, booze and recklessness among Game Council hunters

4 March 2013

A free-for-all culture of drugs, booze and illegal hunting across NSW has been uncovered from previously secret internal Game Council documents
obtained by the NSW Greens.  For years the Game Council has been claiming that hunters in NSW are safe and that the public had no reason to fear
amateur licensed hunters because there were no serious safety breaches.

However the internal Game Council documents show that in just the last 12 months there has been a series of life threatening safety breaches by hunters that the Game Council has hidden from the public.

Greens NSW MP and Game Council spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

"These documents reveal a culture of booze, drugs and reckless use of
firearms which show just how dangerous a growing gun and hunting
sub-culture is.

"Whether it is being blind drunk on a hunting trip, offering drugs to
passers-by or pulling down warning signs before hunting in a busy forest,
what is on display is a reckless hunting sub-culture that is increasingly
out of control.

"The Game Council's own records show that in just one year there has been a
litany of gross safety breaches by the organisation's licensed amateur

"Now that the extent of the danger from amateur hunting is known the
Premier must move to protect the public and our native forests and reserves
from these weekend warriors.

"The Game Council has been hiding these dangerous incidents from the public
knowing that they are the very thing the public are fearful of when amateur
hunters are let loose on public land.

"The review of the Game Council must now be expanded to include the
reckless hunting culture that it has been oversighting for more than a

"The Greens are calling for the government to immediately suspend all
recreational hunting on public land in NSW and to return feral pest control
to the professionals," Mr Shoebridge said.

Summary of the instances and original source material online here:

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