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Eight men from Northwestern Ontario have been fined a total of $9,200 for moose-hunting offences.

Dennis Chevalier, of Kenora, pleaded guilty and was fined $5,000 for hunting moose without a licence.

Joe Chevalier, Lee Blyth, Jason Canfield, Brad Greer, Dean Laewetz, and Lorne Redden, all of Kenora, and Matt Norlock, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty to hunting moose without a licence and each were fined $600.

Court heard that back on Dec. 13, Dennis Chevalier organized a moose hunt on Alford Lake, which forms part of the boundary between Wildlife Management Units #2 and #3.

During the hunt, members of Chevalier's party shot and killed two adult moose in Wildlife Management Unit #3.

However, the party only was licensed to hunt two adult moose in Wildlife Management Unit #2.

The moose were seized and forfeited to the Crown.

Justice of the Peace Daisy Hoppe heard the case March 22 in Red Lake.

The ministry reminds the public that wildlife management unit boundaries follow features such as waterways, roads, and power lines.

Hunters must ensure they are hunting in the correct wildlife management unit as specified on their licence.

A Neebing man, meanwhile, has been fined a total of $1,500 for hunting at night.

Claude Chabot pleaded guilty, and was fined $1,000 for hunting at night and $500 for unlawfully possessing firearms at night.

He also received a two-year hunting suspension.

Court heard that back on Nov. 12, conservation officers attended Chabot's rural property and found he was inside his hunting shack with a loaded high-powered rifle and a loaded crossbow 20 minutes after legal hunting time.

The officers also discovered a 12-volt, battery-powered spotlight attached to the front of the hunting shack that illuminated an area where deer feed was situated.

Justice of the Peace Denette Maslach heard the case April 5 in Thunder Bay.

The public is reminded that hunting for big game animals at night is illegal.

Firearms must be unloaded and encased from half-an-hour after sunset to half-an-hour before sunrise.

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

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