Two men have been fined a total of $3,000 for illegal deer hunting that occurred in the Huntsville area.
Albert Elgin Groomes, of Huntsville, was fined $2,000 and given a one-year hunting licence suspension for unlawfully using another person’s deer licence and making a false statement to a conservation officer.
James Tingley, of Mississauga, was fined $1,000 for making a false statement to a conservation officer.
The court heard that on November 15, 2019, a conservation officer approached Groomes, who was operating an ATV at night near Huntsville.
Blood, found on the ATV and questioning by the officer, led to suspicion about previous hunting activities says an MNRF release.
" An investigation eventually determined that Groomes had unlawfully killed a white-tailed deer near his residence in Huntsville. Groomes hung the deer in the woods overnight and used the deer tag of James Tingley the next day. Tingley was at home in Mississauga at the time, not at the hunt location. Both men gave multiple false statements to conceal the unlawful activity."
The deer was seized and forfeited to the Crown.
Justice of the Peace Michelle Vella-Baxter heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Bracebridge, on March 3, 2021.