Two Quebec men each have been fined $1,500 for illegal party hunting of white-tailed deer.
Sylvain Clement, 40, and Yandro Briere, 29, both of Berry, Que., also have been banned from hunting in Ontario for a year.
Their two firearms will be returned when their fines are paid.
On Nov. 4, the men were hunting in Mutrie Township, about 10 km east of Vermilion Bay and north of Highway 17.
During a routine check, a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer from Dryden District inspected the deer hunting licences of the men and found they already had attached their game seals to buck white-tailed deer they had harvested earlier in the week.
Not having game seals invalidated their hunting licences.
At this point, the men claimed to be hunting with another family member who had a valid white-tailed deer hunting licence. The hunters made several attempts to contact the tag-holder by cellphone, but were unsuccessful.
The officer found out later that the tag-holder was at home at the time and not hunting.
Justice of the Peace Tom Logan heard the case Dec. 16 in Dryden.
The ministry reminds the public that hunters must be hunting within five km of the tag-holder, and must have reliable communication with each other while party hunting.
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).