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Setting a Snare for Deer

Setting a Snare for Deer is an offence under Section 510 of the Crimes Act 1900 which carries a maximum penalty of 5 penalty units which is currently $550.

To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:

  1. You set or used a snare or engine for the purpose of taking or killing deer, or you destroyed any part of a fence where deer were kept
  2. You did so knowingly and wilfully, and
  3. You did so on inclosed land occupied by the owner of the deer

Defences to the charge include:

  1. Duress, and
  2. Claim of right, which means you genuinely believed you were legally entitled to the deer

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