A Sault Ste. Marie moose hunter was fined $2,000 for careless use of a firearm.

Derek Grisdale pleaded guilty to carelessly discharging a firearm while hunting.

He must successfully complete the hunter education course before he can apply for a new hunting licence.

Court heard that on October 7, 2011, Grisdale shot and killed a moose from Frater Road, north of Montreal River.

Conservation officers, alerted by complaints from other hunters, located the kill site.

Their investigation determined that Grisdale could not have checked for approaching people or vehicles from the spot he fired his gun.

The moose was seized and forfeited to the Crown.

Justice of the Peace Paula Nichols heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Sault Ste. Marie, on January 10, 2014.

The Ministry of Natural Resources reminds hunters that careless hunting is illegal.

For further information on hunting regulations, please consult the 2013-2014 Hunting Regulations Summary available at

To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (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).