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Careless hunting nets man hefty fine

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A Dubreuilville man has been fined $4,000 for hunting offences.

Stephane Lavoie pleaded guilty and was fined $2,500 for careless hunting and $1,500 for hunting at night.

He is banned from hunting in Ontario for two years, and must retake the Ontario hunter education course before applying for a future licence.

His rifle also was forfeited permanently to the Crown.

Court heard that on Nov. 2, conservation officers were called to assist the Rainy River OPP in an investigation involving the accidental discharge of a firearm inside a vehicle on Highway 71 near Finland.

When the conservation officers arrived, they learned that around 11:30 p.m., OPP officers had come across a vehicle pulled over on the side of the highway.

While the vehicle was being checked by the OPP, Lavoie’s gun, which was loaded and not in a gun case, accidentally discharged and fired a bullet through the truck floor.

Further investigation revealed Lavoie had been hunting deer that night.

Justice of the Peace Pat Clysdale-Cornell heard the case Jan. 27 in Fort Frances.

The Ministry of Natural Resources reminds the public that it is illegal to have a loaded firearm in a vehicle and to hunt at night.

You only may hunt from half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset.

For more information on hunting regulations, consult the 2011-12 Hunting Regulations Summary, available at ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres, from licence issuers, and at ontario.ca/hunting.

To report a natural resources 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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