THUNDER BAY – The Ministry of Natural Resources laid 11 charges during a weekend enforcement blitz to promote safe hunting practices and protect landowners’ interests during the deer hunt in rural Thunder Bay.
On November 16, conversation officers patrolled private land, both on the ground and from the air via helicopter, in efforts to locate hunters and ensure compliance with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, specifically related to hunting on private land. Officers were assisted by the ministry’s local canine unit and OPP officers.
Charges were issued for:
* hunting without a licence
* trespassing to hunt
* obstruction of a conservation officer
* making a false statement to an officer
* failing to immediately attach a game seal
* illegally transporting game
* failing to wear hunter orange
In addition to the charges, officers seized two deer and four firearms.
Officers also issued seven warnings. Additional charges and warnings are pending as two occurrences from that day are still under investigation.
The Ministry reminds hunters that hunting restrictions are in place for the safety of hunters and others, including landowners. For further information on hunting regulations, please consult the 2013-2014 Hunting Regulations Summary at ontario.ca/hunting.
To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your local district office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).