The Ontario government is protecting public safety by ensuring hunters do not discharge firearms carelessly.

Larry Hollister of Kingston was found guilty of carelessly discharging his firearm while hunting and received $7,000 in fines and a two-year hunting suspension. He must also complete the hunter education program before obtaining another hunting licence.

The court heard that an investigation determined that on October 23, 2018, Hollister was moose hunting from his ATV on a logging road between Ear Falls and Red Lake. Hollister discharged his high-powered rifle at a six-month old Labrador Retriever and in the direction of two individuals – the dog’s owner and Hollister’s hunting companion. The dog and the two other individuals were not injured in the incident.

Justice of the Peace Patricia Clysdale-Cornell heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Kenora, August 30, 2022.

Conservation officers remind everyone that by respecting seasons, sanctuaries, bag and possession limits, we all help ensure our natural resources stay healthy. To report a natural resource problem or provide information about an unsolved case, members of the public can call the ministry TIPS line toll free at 1-877-847-7667. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS. For more information about unsolved cases, please visit