Dryden men fined $9,000 in hunting violations

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KENORA — Two Dryden men have been fined $9,000 for moose hunting violations that occurred in October 2019, according to a news release from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

On Friday, Feb. 12, the ministry announced the conviction of two Dryden men with respect to moose hunting infractions.

A Kenora justice of the peace heard the October 2019 case on Dec. 16, 2020, by audio. Court heard conservation officers conducted an investigation of a moose being shot on a forestry road, north of Vermilion Bay.

It was determined two individuals had harvested a cow moose and did not invalidate the cow moose tag. They brought the moose to Dryden, leaving it without the tag attached. They returned to their hunting area and were planning on hunting another cow close using the same tag, the release said.

Barry Chesky pleaded guilty and was fined $4,000 for possessing a moose that ought to have a tag attached and $500 for failing to have his licence on him. He also received a one-year hunting suspension.

Further, Brent Mawby pleaded guilty and was fined $4,000 for failing to immediately invalidate his moose tag and $500 for failing to attach the tag to the moose. He also received a one-year hunting suspension.

The ministry is reminding hunters that they must adhere to big game tagging requirements specific to the sex and species of the animal.

Karen Edwards, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Thunder Bay Source