Two men fined for vi­o­la­tions while hunt­ing wild tur­keys

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

TWO NEW HAM­BURG MEN have been fined a to­tal of $2,250 for wild turkey hunt­ing vi­o­la­tions.

One pleaded guilty and was fined $500 for hunt­ing a game bird with­out a li­cence and $500 for fail­ing to re­port the har­vest of a wild turkey. The other also pleaded guilty and was fined $750 for at­tach­ing his seal to wildlife killed by an­other per­son and $500 for fail­ing to re­port the har­vest of a wild turkey.

Jus­tice of the Peace James Ziegler heard the case in the On­tario Court of Jus­tice, Kitch­ener, on June 21, 2017.

The court heard that on April 25, 2017, con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cers and the ca­nine unit were pa­trolling in Wil­mot Town­ship when they heard a gun­shot. The of­fi­cers stoped the men and con­ducted a com­pli­ance in­spec­tion. The wild turkey was for­feited to the Crown.

Sub­se­quently, the of­fi­cers de­ter­mined, with the as­sis­tance of the In­ves­ti­ga­tions Ser­vices Unit, that the two men also each shot and killed a wild turkey on May 14, 2017. Nei­ther man submitted the manda­tory har­vest re­port on the fol­low­ing day.

Fol­low­ing the con­vic­tion, the Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Forestry is­sued a re­minder that it is il­le­gal to party hunt for wild turkey, and that game seals must be at­tached im­me­di­ately with the date and time notched at the kill site. As well, it is manda­tory for suc­cess­ful turkey hunters to sub­mit a turkey har­vest re­port to the min­istry.

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