October 8, 2019 - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry wants to remind
hunters that unsafe practices like shooting on or across a road and having loaded
firearms in vehicles pose a serious threat to the public and other hunters.
Each year, the ministry's tips line receives thousands of calls, many related to
unsafe hunting practices.
In the fall of 2018, conservation officers responded to public complaints about
unsafe deer hunting in the Warkworth area by conducting a deer decoy operation.
On December 5, 2018, during the deer muzzle loader season, conservation officers
placed a deer decoy in an open area off the roadway. That afternoon, a truck travelling
east along the concession road slowed down and came to a stop. A man pointed a shotgun
out the driver's side window of the truck and fired three shots at the decoy. Conservation
officers arrested the man while he was still stopped in front of the decoy.
Kenneth Russell Carter from Oshawa was charged under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Act for using a firearm carelessly to hunt, unlawfully discharging a firearm from
a vehicle, hunting deer without a licence, hunting while trespassing, and using
an illegal firearm during the deer hunt.
Justice of the Peace Joni Glover heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice
in Cobourg on June 12, 2019. Carter pleaded guilty to the charges, was fined a total
of $5,000, had his hunting licence suspended for a year and forfeited his shotgun.
He will need to retake the Ontario Hunter Education Program and pass the exam before
being allowed to purchase a hunting licence again in Ontario.
Ministry conservation officers work tirelessly to help make sure we can all enjoy
Ontario's natural resources in a safe and respectful manner. To report a natural
resource violation, call the ministry TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free, or
contact your local ministry office. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously
We need your help to solve cases. Please visit ontario.ca/mnrftips to view an interactive,
searchable map of unsolved cases. You may have valuable information that can help.