A police officer says unlawful hunters risk injuring people by trespassing on private land with firearms.

Rural Prevention officer Senior Constable Greg Andrew said while illegal hunting was common in rural Hawke's Bay, he had one simple message - don't do it.

The hunters often use domestic farmland to access forestry blocks or bush areas, but Andrew said their presence could put people in danger.

"You're getting the general public affected by this behaviour. They're finding these people on their farm or they're coming across evidence of slaughtered animals or rubbish, or shells from firearms," Andrew said.

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