June 1, 2018 - A St. Thomas man has been fined a total of $1,500 for wild turkey
hunting offences under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.
Robert Ashford pleaded guilty and was fined $500 for hunting wild turkey without
a license and $1,000 for killing a wild turkey with an illegal firearm. He must
also successfully complete the Ontario Hunter Education Course.
Court heard that on April 25, 2018, a conservation officer was checking hunters
during the opening morning of the wild turkey season. The officer observed a slow-moving
vehicle travelling east along Shorelea Line, north of St. Thomas. A shot was heard
and the officer observed Ashford retrieving a wild turkey from an open field. An
investigation revealed that Ashford did not have a wild turkey license and that
the turkey was shot with a .223 caliber rifle, which is not allowed for hunting
Justice of the Peace Robert Seneshen heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice,
St. Thomas, on May 17, 2018.
For further information on hunting regulations, please consult the Ontario Hunting
Regulations Summary available at ontario.ca/hunting.
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toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business
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visit Ontario.ca/mnrftips to view an interactive, searchable map of unsolved cases.
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