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Two Michigan men have been fined a total of $1,500 for migratory bird hunting offences.

Christopher Rigoni of Iron Mountain and Thomas Olsen of Vulcan pleaded guilty and each were fined $750 for shooting more than their daily bag limit of ducks.

In addition, both men received a one-year migratory bird-hunting suspension.

Court heard that on Oct. 28, conservation officers on a routine patrol of Lake of the Woods contacted Olsen and Rigoni with their guide returning from a duck hunt.

Rigoni and Olsen claimed the guide had shot his full daily limit of ducks.

However, further investigation revealed Rigoni and Olsen were responsible for shooting all the ducks in their possession.

They had five ducks over their total daily bag limit that day.

Justice of the Peace Robert McNally heard the case June 6 in Kenora.

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

To report a natural resources violation, call toll-free 1-877-847-7667 any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours.

You also can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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