A Beardmore resident pleaded guilty and has been fined a total of $5,000 for hunting-related offences in the Dryden area.
Kory Kasprick was fined:
- $1,500 for discharging a firearm from a roadway;
- $1,000 for having a loaded firearm in a vehicle;
- $1,000 for knowingly making a false and misleading statement to conservation officers; and
- $1,500 for hunting deer without a valid licence.
Kasprick’s hunting licence was also suspended for two years, and, before he can be eligible to hunt again, he must re-take the Ontario Hunter Education Course.
Court heard that on December 15, 2015, conservation officers were on a routine patrol on Queen Street, between Eagle River and Waldhof in Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 8, when they discovered blood on the roadway.
Officers contacted a vehicle leaving the area and determined that the driver was actively hunting and had killed two deer moments earlier. Upon investigation, officers found a loaded rifle in the vehicle and determined both deer had been shot from the roadway. Despite an eye-witness account, Kasprick denied shooting from the roadway.
Further investigation revealed that one deer had been tagged with a WMU 5 tag. Information on the tag had been falsified in order to lead officers to believe that the deer had been harvested an hour earlier in WMU 5, where Kasprick began his hunting activities earlier that day. Both deer were forfeited to the Crown.
Justice of the Peace Danalyn MacKinnon heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Dryden, on April 7, 2016.
For further information on hunting regulations, please consult the 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).