A Caledon area man has been fined a total of $2,000 for offences under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.
Stephen Anderson pleaded guilty and was fined $1,250 for not having a valid deer licence while being in possession of a high-powered rifle during the gun season for deer, and $750 for hunting small game without a valid small game licence. His rifle and ammunition were permanently forfeited to the Crown.
Court heard that on November 19, 2017, Anderson went hunting on a property in Douro-Dummer Township, in Peterborough County. During the hunt, Anderson was inspected by a conservation officer and was found to be in possession of a high-powered rifle during the gun season for deer. He claimed to be hunting only small game but did not have a valid licence to hunt small game.
Justice of the Peace Jason Mariasine heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Peterborough, on June 14, 2018.
Hunters are reminded that when hunting small game in an area where there is an open season for deer, they may not possess a high-powered rifle unless they have a valid licence to hunt deer.
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). 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.