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A Powasson man has been fined $4,000 for hunting violations.

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Tyler Richert pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for discharging a firearm from a vehicle and $3,000 for carelessly discharging his firearm down a highway. In addition, he is suspended from hunting for one year and must successfully complete the Ontario Hunter Education Course before being eligible to apply for another hunting licence.

Court heard that on October 22, 2017, conservation officers from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestryโ€™s Thunder Bay Enforcement Unit conducted a moose decoy operation on Highway 811, north of Thunder Bay. The decoy was set up to target unsafe hunting practices. After observing the decoy on the roadway, Richert stopped his truck and used the driver side mirror to support his rifle while shooting at the decoy.

Justice of the Peace John Guthrie heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Thunder Bay, on May 16, 2018.

The ministry reminds the public that it is illegal and unsafe to shoot from, down or across a public road while hunting and to discharge a firearm without due care and attention for people and property.

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Source: Ministry Of Natural Resources and Forestry

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