Hefty fines for illegal hunting

July 29, 2015 at 4:45 pm  •  Posted in News by  •  0 Comments

Two area men are facing hefty fines for hunting offences.

Matthew Schoenfeldt from Golden Lake has been fined $4,000 after pleading guilty to hunting deer out of season, and to violating a court order from a 2012 hunting conviction. At that time, his hunting licence was suspended for 7 years, and when that expires in June of 2019, a new five-year suspension will kick in.

Schoenfeldt won’t be able to legally hunt again until 2024.

His hunting equipment was permanently forfeited to the Crown. He was found to be illegally hunting deer in Wilberforce Township on January 4th, 2015.

In the other case, Eric Warren, a Cobden-area outfitter, has been fined $1,800 for four Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act offences.

Court heard that Warren shot two wild turkeys on May 24, 2015. He then attempted to have two of his guests, who had unsuccessfully hunted earlier, claim the birds.

During the investigation, the officers discovered that Warren had also shot a turkey in the fall hunt and failed to register it. He was fined $1,000 for making a misleading statement to a conservation officer, $400 for killing more than one wild turkey on the same day, and $400 for failing to report the harvest of two turkeys by noon the day after they were harvested.

Both cases were heard by Justice of the Peace Nancy Mitchell in Pembroke Court on July 20th.

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