RED LAKE – A Manitoba resident has been fined a total of $5,850 for a series of hunting and licence-related offences.
John Paryniuk, of Winnipeg, pleaded guilty and was fined $2,000 for hunting moose without a licence; $2,000 for making a false statement in moose licence applications in 2016 and 2017; $750 for unlawfully obtaining a deer hunting licence in 2016 when not eligible; $500 for making a false statement in an application for a small game licence in 2017; and $600 for unlawfully obtaining Ontario resident fishing licences in 2016 and 2017 when not eligible. Paryniuk also received a two-year hunting suspension.
Court heard that on October 11, 2017, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry conservation officers contacted Paryniuk while he was moose hunting on Nungesser Lake, north of the Town of Red Lake. An investigation determined that Paryniuk was no longer a resident of Ontario. Despite this fact, he continued to purchase and apply for Ontario resident hunting and fishing licences using his former Ontario outdoors card and address, and through the ministry’s electronic licensing system and other licence issuers. Paryniuk also entered the resident moose draw using an invalid resident moose hunting licence.
Justice of the Peace Edith Baas heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Red Lake, on September 19, 2018.
The ministry reminds the public that an Ontario resident is defined as a person whose primary residence is in Ontario and who has lived in the province for at least six consecutive months during the 12 months immediately before applying for a licence.
To report a natural resources violation, call the ministry’s 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). And visit Ontario.ca/mnrftips to view an interactive, searchable map of unsolved cases. You may be able to provide information that will help solve a case.