Nine men, including three Sudburians, were fined a total of $8,390 for failing to meet tagging requirements while party hunting during the open moose season of 2022.
The court heard that on Oct. 19, 2022, a conservation officer inspected a hunting party on an old logging road off Highway 129 near Chapleau.
A Blind River member of the hunting party produced a valid cow/calf moose tag which was not notched at the time of inspection, nor was there any mention of a moose being shot, according to a media release issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
“The officer continued down the road and discovered a cow moose gutted and covered in brush in one of the logging cuts with no tag attached,” according to the media release.
“Conservation officers attended the scene the next day and found the same hunting party retrieving the moose that was left overnight. The cow moose and tag were seized.”
Justice of the Peace Wade Cachagee heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Chapleau, on Sept. 21.
The Blind River man pleaded guilty to failing to invalidate a tag immediately after a harvest, failing to attach an invalidated tag to an animal after harvesting it, and unlawfully possessing an animal that was required to have a tag attached to it. He was fined a total of $1,800.
Two Sault Ste. Marie men pleaded guilty to being party to the offence of failing to attach an invalidated tag to the animal after harvesting it. Both were fined $870.
Three Blind River men and two Sudbury men pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing an animal that was required to have a tag attached to it. Each was fined $870.
A third Sudbury man pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing an animal that was required to have a tag attached. He was fined $500 and is prohibited from possessing an Ontario hunting licence and engaging in any hunting activities for one year.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry urges people to provide information about unsolved cases or violations to their TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667. Anonymous tips can also be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. For more information about unsolved cases, please visit ontario.ca/mnrftips.