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Two Devlin men have been fined a total of $2,700 for not following party hunting rules while moose hunting.

Allan Jerry was fined $1,950 for hunting big game without a licence and providing a false statement to a conservation officer.

His firearm was seized and will be returned upon payment of the fines.

Gordon Hyatt was fined $750 for unlawfully attaching a game seal to a bull moose.

The moose was seized and forfeited to the Crown.

Court heard that on Oct. 15, Ministry of Natural Resources’ conservation officers were told that Jerry’s hunting party had shot a bull moose on Oct. 9.

The officers contacted Jerry, who initially said the party had not shot a moose.

When contacted again by the officers, Jerry said he had killed a bull moose and it had been tagged with Hyatt’s seal.

After further investigation, the officers determined the hunters were not acting in accordance with party hunting rules, which require members to be in communication with one another and not to hunt at a distance greater than five km from the tag-holder.

Justice of the Peace Pat Clysdale-Cornell heard the case March 23 in Fort Frances.

For further information on hunting regulations, consult the 2010-2011 Hunting Regulations Summary, available at ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres, from licence issuers, and at ontario.ca/hunting

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