A hunter is facing $5,000 in fines and a two-year hunting suspension for illegal hunting activity.

Court heard that on November 23, 2017, conservation officers with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry responded to a complaint received on the MNRF TIPS line about a man shooting from a roadway at a deer on private property in the Quibell area, north of Vermilion Bay.

An investigation determined that the hunter had fired three shots from the travelled portion of Highway 609 over a fence, killing a deer on private property. The MNRF say that the property was clearly marked with a “no shooting” sign. The MNRF continue, saying that the hunter then left the scene in his vehicle, abandoning the deer.

Michael Souliere of Schreiber Ontario plead guilty and was fined $2,000 for trespassing to hunt, $1,500 for shooting from a roadway and $1,500 for abandoning a deer and allowing it to spoil. Souliere was also given a two-year hunting suspension.

The ministry reminds the public that it is illegal and unsafe to shoot from, down or across a public road when hunting.

To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 or contact your local ministry office. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).  

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