Twenty-two charges were laid against moose hunters in the Armstrong area after Ministry of Natural Resources’ conservation officers checked hunters during the first five days of the early gun moose-hunting season.
Two Thunder Bay District conservation officers checked 86 hunters from Sept. 20-24. In addition to the charges, the officers issued 10 warnings and seized two high-powered rifles in Wildlife Management Unit 16C.
The ministry’s canine unit helped officers investigate an incident in which a moose was shot in the middle of Trail Lake Road and then abandoned.
Officers laid charges and issued warnings as follows:
•12 charges of trespassing for the purpose of hunting;
•four charges of illegally having a loaded firearm in a vehicle;
•two charges of hunting without carrying a licence;
•two charges and one warning for failing to wear a proper helmet for an off-road vehicle;
•one charge of unlawfully hunting at night;
•one charge of disobeying a sign;
•six warnings for failing to affix a validation tag;
•two warnings for illegally-possessing a firearm at night; and
•one warning for failing to properly attach a seal to a moose.
Some trespassing charges related to hunters travelling behind signs that said roads were closed.
Hunters are reminded to carefully read any signs they find along forest roads, particularly in the Armstrong area, where access to some roads is restricted because of the presence of remote tourism facilities or in order to manage caribou.
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.