The Department of Conservation says the prosecution of two Canterbury men for illegally hunting highlights the serious risks posed to others.
Two 23-year-old men have been fined and had their firearms confiscated after pleading guilty in the Christchurch District Court today, relating to offences last December.
They were seen by a police officer "spotlight hunting" for deer at night in Arthur's National Park, near a campground with tents and campervans.
DOC's Arthur's Pass Field Centre Supervisor Chris Stewart says the men were unaware people were camping in the vicinity.
He says that highlights why hunting after dark on conservation land is strictly prohibited.