Hunters Face Legal Consequences for Unsafe Firearm Discharge from Motorboats in Ontario

February 2, 2024
The Ontario government is safeguarding people against unsafe hunting by ensuring hunters do not discharge firearms from motorboats.

F. Evers of Kingsville pleaded guilty to unlawfully hunting big game and discharging a firearm from a motorboat and was fined a total of $9,000. In addition, his hunting licence was suspended for one year.

M. Boose of Essex pleaded guilty to unlawfully hunting big game and discharging a firearm from a motorboat and was fined $8,500.

R. McCarty of Wheatley pleaded guilty to unlawfully invalidating tag with respect to an animal killed by another person and was fined $2,000.

The court heard that on October 14, 2022, conservation officers were conducting a remote moose enforcement flight and stopped on Lac Seul, where a successful moose hunting group was contacted. Through an investigation it was determined that Evers and Boose shot a cow moose from a motorboat. At the time, they were over 17 kilometres away from the tagholder McCarty, which is contrary to party hunting rules that require them to be within five kilometres of the tag holder.

Justice of the Peace Gordie McEwen heard Evers’ case remotely in the Ontario Court of Justice, Sioux Lookout, on October 12, 2023.

Justice of the Peace Daphne Armstrong heard the cases for Boose and McCarty remotely in the Ontario Court of Justice, Sioux Lookout, on November 22, 2023.

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 ontario.ca/mnrftips.

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