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Pair fined for illegal deer hunting

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Two Ontario hunters have been fined a total of $7,500 for offences related to illegal deer hunting.

Michael Wendel, of Opasatika, and Michel Isabelle, of North Bay, were charged under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

Wendel was fined $500 for transporting unlawfully-killed and possessed wildlife, $2,000 for making a false statement to a conservation officer, $1,000 for failing to attach a valid game seal to a deer, and $500 for trespassing for the purpose of hunting.

His firearm was forfeited to the Crown.

He also is prohibited from hunting in Ontario for two years, and must complete a hunter education course before he can obtain a hunting licence in the future.

Isabelle, meanwhile, was fined $500 for transporting unlawfully-killed and possessed wildlife, $1,250 for making a false statement to a conservation officer, $1,250 for failing to attach a valid game seal to a deer, and $500 for discharging his firearm from a road.

He also is prohibited from hunting in Ontario for one year, and must complete a hunter education course if he wishes to obtain a hunting licence in the future.

Court heard that back on Nov. 1, Wendel and Isabelle unlawfully harvested three white-tailed deer while with a hunting party west of Fort Frances.

Both men made a number of false statements to conservation officers who contacted them at their hunt camp.

The canine services unit helped the officers locate and collect evidence from a number of sites.

Justice of the Peace James Bubba heard Wendel’s case in Kapuskasing on April 8, 2009 while Isabelle’s case was in North Bay on April 16.

The Ministry of Natural Resources reminds hunters that it is illegal to shoot from, down, or across a public road when hunting.

Hunters also must have permission to enter private land—even if the intent is just to cross the private land to reach public land.

To report a natural resource violation, call toll-free 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) any time or contact your local MNR office during regular business hours.

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

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