Blitzes, patrols net few charges

Six days of enforcement blitzes and field patrols in the Kenora area found most hunters on the right side of the law.
Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers from Kenora District checked 184 resident and 305 non-residents hunters between Nov. 4-10, laying just nine charges while issuing six warnings.
Charges included having loaded firearms in a vehicle, transporting deer out of Ontario without a permit, failing to immediately seal a deer, unlawfully possessing a firearm at night, failing to wear hunter orange while hunting, travelling on a closed road, and disobeying a sign.
Three deer were seized—two from hunters who were trespassing and one from a hunter who failed to use a tag.
Officers also issued warnings for hunting without having a licence on his/her person, failing to provide information required on a game seal, failing to wear hunter orange while hunting, and unlawfully possessing a firearm at night.
As well, officers are investigating cases involving the wasting of flesh suitable for food and trespassing for the purpose of hunting.
The MNR reminds the public that conservation officers are on the job every day combating poaching and protecting Ontario’s natural resources.
Call toll-free 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) any time to report a natural resources violation or contact your local MNR office during regular business hours.
You also can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).