Two southern Ontario men have been fined a total of $2,700 and each given a one-year hunting suspension for party hunting offences.
Jack G. Heimbecker of Paris pleaded guilty and was fined $900 for unlawfully attaching a seal to game wildlife killed by another person. He received a one-year hunting suspension.
Terry W. Charlton of Guelph pleaded guilty and was fined $1,800 for unlawfully hunting big game without a licence. He also received a one-year hunting suspension.
Court heard that on October 17, 2015, conservation officers contacted Charlton and other party members as they were returning to their hunt camp after Charlton harvested a bull moose that morning. Further inspection and subsequent investigation revealed that Charlton harvested the bull moose 11.6 kilometres from Heimbecker who was the holder of the valid adult moose tag.
Justice of the Peace Danalyn MacKinnon heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Dryden, on February 4, 2016.
The public is reminded that party hunting rules require each member of the party to hunt within five kilometres of the person who holds the game seal that is valid for the wildlife being hunted. Also, each member of the party must be able to reliably and immediately communicate with other members of the party.
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).