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A Fort Frances man has been fined $3,000 for careless hunting.
John Homer of Causeway General Insurance Brokers pleaded guilty and was fined $3,000 for discharging a firearm without reasonable consideration for people or property. He is not allowed to hunt in Ontario for one year and must successfully complete the Ontario Hunter Education Course before being allowed to hunt in the province again.
Court heard that on October 25, 2014, conservation officers placed stationary moose decoys on the travelled portion of Dovetail Road – a maintained and well-travelled forest access road near Atikokan. The decoys were set up in response to complaints of moose being shot on roadways, an illegal practice that puts other road users at risk. Officers monitored and controlled traffic to ensure public safety while using the decoys.
An officer saw Homer stop his truck, get out, load his rifle, walk to the front of his vehicle and, with his three children watching from their car seats, shoot at the decoy in the direction of a blind corner where he could not see oncoming traffic.
Justice of the Peace Pat Clysdale-Cornell heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Atikokan, on February 26, 2015.
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