People thinking of trespassing or poaching on private farmland are being urged to reconsider as farmers in the Coromandel look to take things into their own hands.
"Over recent weeks Tairua Police have dealt with a number of incidents where farmers have confronted people on their farms without permission," said Waikato District Firearms Officer, Richard Plas.
"And similar complaints have been received around Kawhia. Obviously when there are two armed parties involved in a confrontation things can quickly get out of hand and before you know it the unthinkable can happen."
Plas said instead of escalating an issue police would rather land owners contact them to deal with the matter without anyone getting hurt.
"Its not just police who are worried, family members of land owners are often worried that there may be an incident that occurs while farmers themselves are worried about the risks posed to stock by trespassers and poachers."
While most hunters are pretty savvy, Plas said when it comes to farm boundaries, problems can arise when signs of pigs rooting are found over the fence.
"And we talk to not just land owners, but our partner agencies such as the Department of Conservation so we can find out when such transgressions occur and anyone caught face their firearms licence being revoked.
"Neither dogs or pigs recognise boundaries and things can come to a head when dogs start worrying livestock, particularly around calving and lambing time which farmers are busy with right now.
Last month Whangamata police dealt with complaints about people illegally hunting in blocks of forestry land.
"And its not just hunters creating issues, often trampers try and take short cuts across paddocks and create problems when they park across farm gateways or spook stock in paddocks.
"At this time of year, livestock and farmers are particularly sensitive with calving and lambing having started so a bit of common sense wouldn't go astray. If you want to access some land, why not ask?"
"And if you are told you can't access the land think about how you would feel if a stranger ignored your wishes and went stomping across your back garden with a gun and a few dogs?"
Police advice for farmers is simple, don't put yourself or your family at risk, if you have people shooting on your land don't confront them- call police and let the professionals handle it.
"Get on the phone and ring 111, police are trained to deal with such situations and people found in the wrong can face a variety of sanctions, its just not worth the risk."