The Ontario government is safeguarding the public against unsafe and illegal hunting practices.

Jeremy Tarcza of La Sallette pleaded guilty to carelessly discharging a firearm while hunting and was fined $5,000 and given a two-year hunting licence suspension. Tarcza must also complete the Ontario hunter education course before obtaining another hunting licence.

The court heard that on November 7, 2022, conservation officers were contacted by a member of the Norfolk County OPP advising that an individual they had arrested for a separate offence had also shot a house while deer hunting. Conservation officers, including a canine unit, attended the scene and conducted a search. Officers determined that while deer hunting in his ladder stand, Tarcza fired a 12-gauge shotgun slug at a deer. He then got down from the tree stand and fired another two shots at the deer. Tarcza’s last shot missed the deer and struck a house 157 metres away. The slug was imbedded in the house next to a window where a resident was seated inside.

Justice of the Peace Brett Kelly heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Simcoe, on February 9, 2024.

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