A Vermillion Bay man was fined $4,000 for illegal hunting.


Matthew Jakobs pleaded guilty and was fined $4,000 for shooting a cow and calf moose from a motor boat. He also received a four-year hunting suspension.


Court heard that between October 20 and 29, 2014, Jakobs guided two non-resident moose hunters on the Woman River system northeast of Ear Falls.  While Jakobs drove the boat, he instructed the two hunters to shoot at a cow and calf moose. Jakobs also joined in and shot at the moose while operating the vessel.


Justice of the Peace Daisy Hoppe heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Red Lake, on February 24, 2016.


The ministry reminds the public that it is illegal to have a loaded firearm in or on, or discharge a loaded firearm from, a motor boat or other conveyance.


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).