Hunters caught in the valley

THREE Melbourne men are facing charges after they were caught allegedly hunting illegally in the Rose River – Cheshunt area last weekend.

Senior Sergeant Doug Incoll of Bright police said Game Mannagement Authority (GMA) and Victoria Police officers were patrolling the area as part of Operation Elmer, when they came across the men.

“We had received information which related to other shooters from interstate, so we had officers patrolling the area from 7pm-3am,” Snr Sgt Incoll said yesterday.

“The officers didn’t find the mob they were after, but came across these guys.”

Operation Elmer is a joint compliance operation between the GMA and Victoria Police, which is being conducted in North East Victoria to target illegal behavior, including trespassing on private property with firearms, possessing loaded firearms on public roads and illegally possessing firearms and spotlights in recognised deer habitat at night.

GMA compliance manager Geoff Morsby said officers detected three men and a boy travelling in a white four-wheel-drive at 3am on Saturday, and a search of the vehicle found two centrefire rifles, ammunition, a spotlight and butchering equipment.

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