April 4, 2018 - Two residents of southwest Ontario have been fined a total of $3,000
for deer hunting offences under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.
Matthew Reid of Chatham-Kent pleaded guilty and was fined $800 for enabling another
person to use his game seal, $900 for failing to immediately attach his seal to
a white-tailed deer and $300 for unlawfully possessing an unencased firearm at night.
Jeffery Reid of Essex County pleaded guilty and was fined $500 for possessing a
game seal issued to another person and an additional $500 for transporting a white-tailed
deer without a seal attached to it.
Court heard that on December 21, 2017, conservation officers were conducting deer
hunting compliance checks in the Town of Lakeshore. One hour after sunset, the officers
observed headlights in a farm field and contacted Jeffery Reid as he was driving
out of the field. Jeffery Reid had an antlerless deer that did not have a seal attached
to it and possessed a deer licence and seal belonging to Matthew Reid. Matthew Reid
was then contacted in a separate vehicle. An investigation determined that Matthew
Reid shot an antlerless deer and phoned Jeffery Reid to assist in loading the deer
into a vehicle. Matthew Reid failed to immediately attach his seal to the deer and
encase his crossbow 30 minutes after sunset. He had also given his deer seal to
Jeffery Reid to attach to the deer when the officer arrived on scene.
Justice of the Peace Maureen Ryan-Brode heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice,
Windsor, on March 26, 2018.
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