A bullet was found embedded in the deck of a Mosgiel
Poachers shooting near lifestyle blocks are a ''recipe
for disaster'', police warn.
Taieri residents were urged to report suspicious behaviour
following at least three firearms-related incidents in recent
Incidents include a stray bullet found embedded in a Mosgiel
deck, and two men sighting a weapon within 150m of a
contractor while illegally on a forestry block at Kuri Bush.
Two Saddle Hill landowners have also expressed concern about
people illegally hunting on their private land, which borders
smaller lifestyle blocks.
Sergeant Kevin Davidson, of Mosgiel, said he was concerned by
the reports and reminded hunters to seek permission from
landowners before hunting.
Shooters needed to be aware of their responsibilities under
the Arms Act, he added.
''It's folklore that people think they have the right to go
on any property and shoot.''
He was particularly concerned people were poaching near
lifestyle blocks, which were becoming increasingly common
around Saddle Hill.
''It is a recipe for disaster,'' he said.
''The number of people building in that area is increasing,
and the likelihood of an accident should someone be careless
with a firearm is quite substantial.''
Last week, the Otago Daily Times
bullet had been found embedded in the deck of a Mosgiel
Sgt Davidson said police believe the bullet was fired from
the eastern side of Saddle Hill towards Waldronville.
A Saddle Hill landowner, who declined to be named, said he
had heard ''a hell of a bang'' from a high-powered rifle an
estimated 100m away from where he was working.
''It was very unsettling.''
He planned to put up signs on his property and raise the
issue with the Saddle Hill Community Board.
''Hunters wouldn't know we were working on our farms in the
weekend, that our kids are there and there are people out and
''That strip between Fairfield-Waldronville and down the
coast towards Brighton is a hive of activity.''
Sgt Davidson said a firearm was also reported to have been
discharged near a residential area around Chain Hills last
''The concern we have is that anybody using a firearm,
particularly in a semi-rural area, needs to be very vigilant
about how they are using them.''