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Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

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.

To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). And visit Ontario.ca/mnrftips to view an interactive, searchable map of unsolved cases. You may be able to provide information that will help solve a case.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 04 April 2018 10:08:38 AM EST

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