A resident of Timber Lake, near North Bay, has been fined $2,500 for illegal deer hunting in the Dryden area.
Billy Brazeau pleaded guilty and was charged $1,500 for failing to attach a game seal to a deer immediately after it was killed, and $1,000 for illegally transporting parts of the animal.
Court heard that on November 12, 2016, conservation officers received information from the MNRF TIPS line regarding a deer with the head removed hanging on private property. An investigation revealed that Brazeau had been hunting east of Dryden in Zealand Township three days earlier. Brazeau had fatally shot the deer with a crossbow and failed to immediately attach his deer seal to the animal. Brazeau had also removed the head and antlers from the deer and had been transporting them in his vehicle for two days. The deer was seized and forfeited to the Crown.
Justice of the Peace Danalyn MacKinnon heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Dryden, on February 2, 2017.
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).