Four Ontario men have been fined a total of $3,000 for an illegal moose hunt.

Thomas Hartzke of New Liskeard, Max Hartzke of New Liskeard, Gary Hartzke of Kenabeek, and Bradley Hartzke of Ottawa pleaded guilty and were each fined $750 for  possessing  an illegally killed bull moose.

Court heard that in October 2012, conservation officers checked the four men at their hunt camp in the Kenabeek area, west of New Liskeard. The group had three cow moose validation tags but no licence for a bull moose. They were in possession of a bull moose which they stated had been shot by a member of their party who was exercising his Aboriginal right to hunt. An investigation followed that determined the moose had in fact been shot by a member of the Hartzke family and not by the individual who claimed to have harvested the moose. Charges are outstanding against that individual.

Justice of the Peace Eileen Walker heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Haileybury, on June 23, 2016.

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).