A Manitoba hunter is facing $5,850 in fines for a variety of hunting-related offences, after a hunting trip north of Red Lake.
Court heard that in October of 2017, conservation officers with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry contacted the hunter while he was moose hunting on Nungesser Lake, north of Red Lake.
An investigation determined that the hunter was no longer a resident of Ontario. Despite this, the MNRF says the hunter continued to purchase and apply for Ontario resident hunting and fishing licences.
The ministry says that the hunter was using his former Ontario outdoors card and address, through the ministry’s electronic licencing system and other licence issuers. The hunter also entered the resident moose draw with an invalid resident moose hunting licence.
Winnipeg resident John Paryniuk plead 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,
- $600 for unlawfully obtaining Ontario resident fishing licences in 2017 and 2017, when not eligible.
The hunter also received a two-year hunting suspension in Ontario.
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, contact your local ministry office during regular business hours, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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MNRF looking for careless hunter