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2013-12-31 at 11:18

Hunters fined for shooting from roadway

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Two Timmins men have been fined $3,500 for an illegal deer hunt.

Officials with Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources say the two men pleaded guilty and as a result one was fined $2,000 while the other was slapped with a $1,500.

The MNR says the men were fined for discharging a firearm from a roadway. The men are also banned from hunting in Ontario for a year.

The court heard that on Nov. 4, 2012, patrolling conservation officers spotted a wounded fawn on private property beside Split Rock Road, northeast of Fort Frances.

The officers stopped and interviewed the two Timmins hunters, who were travelling in a nearby vehicle.

Further investigation revealed seven spent bullet casings from two different guns on Split Rock Road.

Forensic firearms analysis determined that the men shot their guns from the travelled portion of the road.

The MNR is reminding the public that they can report a natural resources violation  by calling 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free anytime or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours.

The public can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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