A Perth resident has been fined a whopping $3,000 and had their hunting licence suspended after being convicted of several offences related to deer hunting.
The individual was fined $600 each for five offences: trespassing to hunt, illegally discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle, carelessly discharging a firearm, possession of illegally killed wildlife, and having a loaded firearm on a roadway.
The person was also prohibited from hunting in Ontario for three years and must complete a hunter safety course before their licence is reinstated. The meat from the deer he shot was forfeited to the Crown.
Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers responded to a hunting complaint on November 13, 2008, in Tay Valley Township, Lanark County, East Region. The investigation revealed that on November 12, 2008, the person in question had shot a nine-point buck from inside their car while driving along the Lally Road near Murphy’s Point Provincial Park.
The deer died on private land and the individual trespassed on the land to retrieve the animal. Officers seized a butchered white-tailed deer that was found at the person’s residence. DNA evidence was also used in the case.
Justice of the Peace Barry Switzer heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Perth, on July 13, 2010.
To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).