MNRF Hunting Blitz Leads To Local Charges & Seizures

Local hunters were among those charged during an enforcement blitz by the Ministry Of Natural Resources & Forestry last month.

The MNRF says 3,973 hunters were checked over a nine-day period between October 20th and October 28th in the Ministry's Pembroke, Bancroft and Parry Sound Districts.

A total of 107 charges were laid, and 232 warnings were issued.

Those charges include shooting from, along, or across a road, having a loaded firearm in a vehicle, nighttime hunting offences, not wearing proper hunter orange, trespassing, hunting animals without a license, hunting certain animals during a closed season, harvesting a moose without an appropriate license, having open liquor in a vehicle, and providing a false statement to an enforcement officer.

Officers also seized a total of 33 moose that they say were harvested illegally, along with two firearms.

17 investigations remain underway stemming from the enforcement blitz.

Those investigations involve hunter safety, moose sustainability, and chronic wasting disease.