Two Strathroy residents have been fined a total of $8,500 for hunting violations.
John Mintz pleaded guilty and was fined $2,000 for shooting from the travelled portion of a provincial highway.
William Parker pleaded guilty and was fined $2,500 for carelessly discharging his firearm across a highway.
Both men were also each fined $2,000 for unlawfully hunting a bull moose and were suspended from hunting for one year. They must successfully complete the Ontario Hunter Education Course before being able to apply for another hunting licence.
Court heard that on October 21, 2017, conservation officers from the ministry’s Thunder Bay enforcement unit conducted a moose decoy operation adjacent to Highway 811, north of Thunder Bay. The decoy was set up to target unsafe hunting practices and address party hunting violations.
After observing the decoy, Mintz and Parker stopped and exited their vehicle. Mintz shot at the moose decoy while standing on the travelled portion of the highway. Parker, while kneeling behind his vehicle, shot across both lanes of the highway at the decoy. His view of oncoming traffic had been obstructed by the vehicle. Both men were only licensed to hunt a calf, not a bull moose.
Justice of the Peace Bernard Caron heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Thunder Bay, on Wednesday April 4, 2018.
The ministry reminds the public that it is illegal and unsafe to shoot from, down or across a public road while hunting and to discharge a firearm without due care and attention for people and property. Hunters are also required to properly identify their game prior to shooting at it.
To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). And visit Ontario.ca/mnrftips to view an interactive, searchable map of unsolved cases. You may be able to provide information that will help solve a case.
Source: Northwest Ontario Outdoors