Five men accused of poaching in Bela Bela were granted R500 bail each in the Bela Bela Magistrate's Court on Friday, Limpopo police said.
A worker on a game farm in the area heard shots being fired on Wednesday evening, Colonel Ronel Otto said.
A farm manager and worker saw the alleged poachers' bakkie and noted the licence plate number. Members of the stock theft unit waited for them as they arrived home. Police found the carcasses of three kudu and one red hartebeest, worth a total of R30,000, on the back of the bakkie.
"Confiscated were a licensed hunting rifle, spot lights, several butcher knives, as well as axes," said Otto.
They five are Muhamed Zakaria Kharodia, Junaid Ravat, April Moobi, George Mphahlane, and Elias Lebudu.
"The area has been experiencing drastic increases in game poaching the past few weeks and investigations to link the suspects to other similar incidents are ongoing."