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Pair fined for night hunting

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Two Kenora men have been fined a total of $3,500 for illegal night hunting.

Philip and Norman Mineault pleaded guilty to hunting at night and were fined $1,000 and $2,500, respectively.

Philip also is suspended from hunting for one year.

Court heard that on Sept. 22, 2009, the two men were hunting in an area off Highway 105, northeast of Kenora.

Around 8:30 p.m., roughly 45 minutes after the close of legal hunting, the Mineaults encountered a bull moose on Deer Lake Road.

Philip stopped the truck, and Norman got out and shot the moose as it ran away from them down the road.

The moose collapsed beside the road.

Almost immediately, two vehicles approached from the opposite direction. The witnesses saw Norman shoot the wounded moose again.

They reported the incident to the Ministry of Natural Resources, and an investigation was initiated.

As a status First Nation individual, Norman Mineault is entitled to certain exemptions from the provisions of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

However, those exercising their aboriginal right to hunt must do so in a safe manner.

Justice of the Peace Robert H. McNally heard the case Oct. 4 in Kenora.

The ministry reminds the public that it is illegal to hunt at night. You only may hunt from one half-hour before sunrise until one half-hour after sunset.

It also is illegal to shoot from, down, or across a public road when hunting.

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