Grouse overlimit nets fine for pair of hunters

Two hunters fined $6,150 for possessing 23 grouse too many have had their equipment, including a truck, two all terrain vehicles, and a trailer, seized by the Crown and only will get them back when they pay the fines.
Brian Randle, 55, fined $3,250 and James Barwick, 29, fined $2,500, both of Thunder Bay, also were fined $200 each for lying to a conservation officer, banned from hunting for two years, and ordered to take the hunter safety course before applying for a licence.
The grouse went to charity.
Court heard that back on Oct. 23, the men were stopped at the junction of Highway 11 and Burchell Lake Road by a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer from Thunder Bay District.
They told the officer they had been grouse hunting and had taken their limit of five each for the day. An inspection proved otherwise.
Justice of the Peace Ronald Beck heard the case Nov. 2 in Thunder Bay.
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.
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