Shot fired as farmer confronts poachers


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Police are searching for two poachers who allegedly bailed up a NSW farmer who caught them, smashed his mobile phone and fired a warning shot at his feet.

The incident happened yesterday morning after the farmer found the two men on his property near Orange, where they were reportedly hunting kangaroos.

When the land owner used his mobile phone to photograph their car’s number plate, the poachers allegedly ordered him at gunpoint to drop the phone before one of them broke it.

The poacher then fired a shot into the ground at the farmer’s feet before they fled in a white Subaru Outback.

Police, who are treating the incident as serious, searched nearby Canobolas state forest for the men but did not find them.

One man was described as being of Caucasian appearance, 180cm tall, thin, with short dark hair and aged between 17 and 24. He was wearing a grey top and black track pants.

Police investigations are continuing and they say they are confident of a result.

Anyone with more information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Orange police on 02 6363 6399.


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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.

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