DRYDEN – A Dryden-area man has been fined $2,000 for hunting offences. Michael Bernier of Vermilion Bay pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for entering private property without permission for the purpose of hunting and $1,000 for failing to immediately attach his game seal to a deer he had harvested. He was also given a one-year hunting suspension.
Court heard that on November 7, 2017, Bernier was hunting in the north Waldhof area and shot a white-tailed deer. An investigation by conservation officers revealed that Bernier shot the deer once and followed it onto private property where he did not have permission to hunt. He then shot it a second time, killing it. The deer was then loaded into the back of Bernier’s truck, transported and hung without a game seal. The deer meat was seized during the investigation and donated locally.
Justice of the Peace Daisy Hoppe heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Dryden, April 5, 2018.
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