$10,000 in Fines for Careless Hunting
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry wants to remind hunters that shooting from and down a road is both dangerous and illegal.
Two men have been fined a total of $10,000 for unsafe hunting-related offences.
Maurice Gaulin and Jeremie Veilleux, both from Hearst, Ontario, pleaded guilty to careless use of a firearm. They both received a $5,000 fine and a five-year hunting licence suspension. They will also have to successfully complete the Ontario Hunter Education Course before being able to purchase another hunting licence.
Court heard that on October 29, 2019, conservation officers were conducting a white-tailed deer decoy operation near the town of Nestor Falls. On this day, the deer decoy was situated on a commonly-used forestry road. Conservation officers controlled traffic in the vicinity of the operation. Both individuals exited the vehicle and shot at the deer decoy.
Justice of the Peace Shiree Scribner heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Kenora, on March 4, 2020.
Conservation officers continue to patrol and protect our natural resources during the current COVID-19 outbreak and would like to remind everyone that by respecting seasons, sanctuaries, bag and possession limits we all help ensure our natural resources stay healthy. Visit Ontario's website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
To report a natural resource violation or provide information about an unsolved case, members of the public can call the ministry TIPS line toll free at 1-877-847-7667 or contact your local ministry office. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS. For more information about unsolved cases, please visit ontario.ca/mnrftips.