Three men from Bristol were arrested in a nature reserve near Cheddar on Sunday (25 January) after a member of the public called us about suspected poaching there.
We were called about 11.30am to an area around Draycott Sleights, and after a search arrested men aged 24, 26 and 30.
They were subsequently reported for summons, and equipment they were found with has been seized.
We also identified another man from Bristol suspected of poaching when we responded to a call from the Rodney Stoke area about 11.15am on 9 January.
We were told at least one shot had been fired and deer were seen running in the area.
A 48-year-old man from Bristol is now facing a firearms licence revocation as a result, and the investigation is on-going.
Sgt Stuart Williams of the Rural Crime Team said: â€œWe donâ€™t receive many reports of poaching so being able to take action against four people suspected of it in the Cheddar area is a really good result.
â€œPoaching is a crime we take very seriously so we are determined that anyone we catch will face the consequences, and the best way for us to act is to have information from the public about where and when this activity is happening.
â€œOur Farmwatch scheme is one of the tools we have against rural crime, and with 2,500 members across the Avon and Somerset area it is a growing alliance of people we can share intelligence with, particularly with regards to poaching and burglary. I urge anyone from our farming and rural business community not in the scheme to join, and for anyone to call us with details of suspicious activity they see at any time.â€