An Ontario man has been fined $2,500 for a variety of offences, including obstruction of a conservation officer.
Daniel Rea of Devlin was fined $1,500 for obstructing a conservation officer, $500 for having loaded firearm on a vehicle, and $500 for driving a snowmobile without insurance.
His gun was forfeited to the Crown, and will be returned once the fines are paid.
Court heard that on Dec. 12, conservation officers were patrolling Fleming Road in Rainy River District.
Rea approached on snowmobile, and the officers noted he had a rifle slung over his shoulder.
Rea stopped, and was asked to show his gun and hunting licence. He said the gun was loaded.
Rea unloaded the gun, but refused to turn it over to the conservation officer and subsequently was arrested.
Further investigation revealed the snowmobile Rea was riding was not insured.
Justice of the Peace Pat Clysdale-Cornell heard the case Aug. 13 in Fort Frances.
The Ministry of Natural Resources reminds hunters that it is illegal to possess a loaded firearm in a vehicle or vessel, including an aircraft, a snowmobile, an all-terrain vehicle, or a motorboat.