$4,000 Fine for Illegal Deer Hunting

A Callander man has been fined $4,000 for a hunting offence under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

Greg Murdoch pleaded guilty to hunting antlerless deer without a license.

Court heard that on November 17, 2016, Murdoch was hunting deer on his property in Nipissing Township. A conservation officer conducted an inspection during which Murdoch told the officer he had not harvested any deer. As the officer departed the hunt camp, he located the entrails of two deer on Murdoch’s property. It was later determined that Murdoch had shot the antlerless deer without a license and transported them from his hunt camp to his house, where they were hanging in his carport. The fawn and doe were forfeited to the Crown.

Justice of the Peace Ruby Beck heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, North Bay, on February 15, 2017.

For further information on hunting regulations, please consult the Ontario Hunting Regulations Summary available at ontario.ca/hunting.

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).