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Shooting from boat nets pair fine

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Two southern Ontario men have been fined a total of $2,000 for firing their guns from a boat.

Ryan Shevalier of Orillia and Jacob McCann, from Orangeville, both were convicted of discharging a firearm from a boat.

Shevalier was fined $1,200 while McCann was fined $800.

Shevalier also received a one-year hunting suspension.

Court heard that Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers conducted an investigation based on information posted on a hunting forum website.

Shevalier and McCann admitted to the officers that on Sept. 19, 2009, the opening day of moose-hunting season, they both shot at a bull moose from a motorboat on the Ogoki River, 90 km northwest of Nakina.

The men later killed the moose.

Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio heard the case June 28 in Geraldton.

The ministry reminds hunters that it is illegal to discharge a firearm from a motorboat.

Such actions are hazardous, and have led to injuries and fatalities.

To report a natural resources violation, call toll-free 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) 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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