Two Keewatin residents have been fined a total of $2,500 for hunting offences.

 

Cory Looyen pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for hunting white-tailed deer without a licence. He was also fined $500 for possessing illegally killed wildlife.

 

William Murphy pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for hunting white-tailed deer without a valid licence.

 

Court heard that on November 23, 2015, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry conservation officers visited Looyen’s residence while investigating a complaint and located two white-tailed does hanging in his garage.  Further investigation revealed that Murphy had harvested one of the deer with his compound bow in the Kenora area on November 21, 2015. While Murphy had a 2015 deer licence, he did not have a validation tag to harvest a doe. Looyen harvested the other doe with his crossbow in the Kenora area on November 22, 2015, but has never held a hunting licence in Ontario. The compound bow and the crossbow that were used to kill the deer, as well as both white-tailed deer, were seized. The meat has been donated to charity.

 

Justice of the Peace Bernard Caron heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Kenora, on February 2, 2016.

 

For further information on hunting regulations, please consult the Ontario Hunting Regulations Summary available at ontario.ca/hunting.

 

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).