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THUNDER BAY, ON  ------  May 26, 2006 ------  Two Atikokan men have been fined a total of $4,500 for charges relating to illegal deer hunting.

 Mike Krassey was fined $3,500 for illegally hunting white-tailed deer, being party to the offence of attaching a seal to a deer killed by another person, and making a false statement to a conservation officer. Cecil O’Flaherty was fined $1,000 for attaching his seal to a deer killed by another person and possessing illegally killed game. Both men had their hunting licences suspended for two years.

 The court heard that on November 22, 2009, Krassey and his son shot an antlered deer while hunting on Camp River Road near Atikokan. Krassey had already used his antlered deer tag. He drove to Atikokan to pick up O’Flaherty, went back to Camp River Road and attached O’Flaherty’s tag to the killed deer.

 On November 24, 2009, Krassey told conservation officers that he and O’Flaherty were party hunting when the deer was shot. Following a search of their homes on March 4, 2010, Krassey and O’Flaherty admitted that O’Flaherty was not present at the time of the kill and was not hunting at that time.

 Justice of the Peace Pat Clydesdale-Cornell heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Atikokan, on April 29, 2010.

Pair Fined For Hunting At Night
Two men have been fined a total of $2,900 for various offences related to illegally hunting at night.

 Yves Boissonneault and Donald Boulianne of Moonbeam, Ontario, plead guilty to unlawfully hunting at night. Each received a $1,200 fine and a four-year hunting licence suspension. Boulianne was also fined $500 for having a loaded firearm in a vehicle. Both of their guns were seized and will be returned once the fines are paid.

 Court heard that on November 9, 2009, a conservation officer was on an enforcement patrol in Morson Township, west of Fort Frances following up on a tip that someone was hunting in the area at night.

 Shortly after 7:00 p.m., the officer stopped a truck on Highway 619 containing Boissonneault and Boulianne.  A spotlight and firearms were seized and the men were arrested for night hunting. 

Justice of the Peace Pat Clydesdale-Cornell heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Rainy River, on May 6, 2010.

The ministry reminds hunters that they may only hunt from half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset, with some small game exceptions. It is also illegal to possess a loaded firearm in a vehicle or vessel, including aircraft, snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle or motorboat. Hunters are encouraged to consult the 2010 Hunting Regulations Summary on the ministry’s website at ontario.ca/hunting.  

Anglers Fined For Over-Limit of Black Crappies

 Two U.S. residents have been fined for catching and keeping more than their daily legal limit of black crappies.

 Ronald Tobkin of Perham, Minnesota and Bruce Nereson of Fargo, North Dakota were fined a total of $1,950 under the Ontario Fishery Regulations for catching and keeping 13 black crappies over their legal limit.

 Court heard that on March 12, 2010, conservation officers were checking ice anglers on Lake of the Woods near the Canada/U.S. border. Tobkin and Nereson were checked while bringing the fish back to the U.S. after they had spent the day in Ontario waters.  During an inspection of their off-road vehicle the officers found 38 black crappies.  Tobkin and Nereson’s legal allowable quotas were 15 and 10 crappies respectively, according to their individual fishing licences. 

 Justice of the Peace Robert McNally heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Kenora, on May 4, 2010.

 The ministry reminds anglers that it is illegal to catch and keep large quantities of fish.  An individual may not have more fish than the possession limit of that species.  Possession includes storing fish at home, at other locations or in freezers, as well as transporting them, holding them in live wells or having eaten them as part of a day’s meal. Further information can be found in the 2010 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary. 

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