Conservation officers conduct early morning checks on hunters

New Brunswick Government

The Department of Public Safety says provincial and federal enforcement officers performed checks on about 40 hunters in the Hampton Marsh area.

A release states the patrol was in response to reports of shots fired at night in the area before the start of waterfowl season on October 1.

The province says it is illegal, and dangerous, to discharge a firearm when it is too dark to properly identify a target, and it is illegal to have a firearm out of the case outside of the designated hunting times listed in the 2019 Hunt and Trap Guide.

Conservation officers with the Department of Public Safety partnered with Environment and Climate Change Canada to conduct the checks and one ticket and one warning were issued and one charge was laid.

The Department of Public Safety says one ticket was issued for possession of an unplugged shotgun and one warning was issued for failure to produce a licence.

The release says one guide will answer to a charge of having a firearm unwrapped at night.

Anyone who sees or is aware of illegal activities related to natural resources, such as illegal hunting or fishing or the theft of wood, is asked to contact their local conservation officer through the local office of the Department of Energy and Resource Development, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).