Two hunters are facing over $5,000 in fines, following dangerous hunting practices near Red Lake.
In October, conservation officers with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry conducted a moose decoy operation in the Red Lake area, to address party hunting violations and unsafe hunting from roadways. One of the two hunters was by himself when he observed the bull moose decoy from his vehicle. He then exited the vehicle, and while standing on the roadway, fired across the other lane of traffic at the decoy.
It was later determined that the hunter did not have a bull moose licence, and was only licensed to hunt calf moose. Further investigation revealed that the hunter was over 11 kilometres away from the other members of his hunting party, who had the bull moose seal.
Officers inspected the second hunter, who was a member of the hunting party, and found that he had harvested a cow moose earlier that week and placed his game seal on the cow moose. He then continued to hunt moose wit other members of his hunting group, but was more than 5 kilometres away from them.
It was later determined that the cow moose that he had harvested earlier in the week became unsuitable for human consumption, as proper precautions were not taken in handling the moose after it was harvested.
The first hunter plead guilty and was fined $2,500 for hunting a bull moose without a licence, $1,200 for shooting across a roadway, and $500 for allowing a moose to become unsuitable for human consumption. He is also facing a one-year hunting suspension.
The second hunter plead guilty to hunting moose without a licence, and was fined $1,000.
The ministry reminds the public that it is illegal and unsafe to shoot from, down or across a public road when hunting, and that all party hunting rules must be followed when hunting for big game.
To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 or contact your local ministry. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).