$3500 Fine for Unsafe Hunting


SIOUX LOOKOUT – A Sioux Lookout man has been fined $3,500 for unsafe hunting.

Terry Jewell pleaded guilty to firing a high-powered rifle at a moose decoy without care and attention to people or property. In addition to the fine, he also received a three-year hunting suspension and will be required to take the Ontario Hunter Education Course before he can purchase another hunting licence in Ontario.

Court heard that on September 17, 2016, conservation officers set up a moose decoy on 702 Road north of Savant Lake in response to reports of road hunting activity in that area. Jewel was travelling in a vehicle when he saw the moose decoy on the road. He exited the vehicle and fired a shot at the decoy while standing on the road.

Justice of the Peace Danalyn MacKinnon heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Sioux Lookout, on March 16, 2017.

The ministry reminds the public that it is illegal and unsafe to shoot from, down or across a public road when hunting.

For further information on hunting regulations, please consult the Ontario Hunting Regulations Summary available at ontario.ca/hunting.

To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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