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Moose hunters hit with fines

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Two Oakville residents have been fined a total of $4,000 for illegal moose hunting.

Marijan Luburic and Milan Rupcic pleaded guilty and were fined $1,500 each for discharging a firearm without due care and consideration of people and property, and $500 each for hunting without a licence.

They also are not allowed to hunt in Ontario for two years and must successfully complete the Ontario Hunter Education Program.

Court heard that on Oct. 15, Luburic and Rupcic shot and killed a bull moose on Snake Bay Road, off Highway 622 southeast of Dryden, while they were standing on the road.

Each fired their rifle multiple times down the road towards the crest of a hill.

When they reunited with their party, they learned a second bull moose had been harvested.

But the group only had one bull moose game seal to use as Luburic and Rupcic were well beyond the allowable distance away from the holder of the bull moose validation tag when they shot their moose.

Justice of the Peace Edith Bass heard the case March 21 in Ignace.

The public is reminded that it is illegal and unsafe to shoot from, down, or across a road while hunting.

The person who harvests wildlife while hunting in a party must immediately notify all other members of the party, and the game seal-holder must immediately affix the game seal to the wildlife.

Each member of the party must be able to reliably and immediately communicate with the other members, and hunt within five km of the person who holds the valid game seal.

Meanwhile, four Sault Ste. Marie men have pleaded guilty to allowing a moose to spoil.

Denis R. Benoit, Alain A. Benoit, Donald R. Benoit, and Michel Benoit each were fined $400 for permitting a legally-harvested moose to become unsuitable for human consumption.

Court heard that on Oct. 14, a Ministry of Natural Resources’ conservation officer conducted an investigation and determined that a hunting party had harvested and field-dressed a moose near Deadhorse Road, east of Terrace Bay.

The hunters then hung the whole moose with its hide intact outside for several days during a period of unseasonably mild weather.

When they moved it in order to store it in a wild game cooler, it was beginning to show signs of advanced decay.

Justice of the Peace Liette Hunter heard the case March 20 in Marathon.

The ministry reminds the public that when preparing wild game in the field, care must be taken to cool a carcass as quickly as possible.

In mild weather conditions, it may become necessary for hunters to promptly refrigerate game to maintain meat quality.

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

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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