A Timmins man has been fined $3,000 for hunting on private property.
Sylvain Gravel pleaded guilty to trespassing while hunting and shooting across a roadway.
In addition to his fines, Gravel is suspended from hunting for one year.
His rifle, seized during the investigation, will be returned once the fines are paid.
Court heard that on Nov. 10, a conservation officer acted on a complaint that a hunter was trespassing on private property near Split Rock Road in Sifton Township, northeast of Fort Frances.
Gravel still was at the scene.
He admitted to the officer that he shot a deer, but said he didn’t realize it was on private property.
The property was posted, fenced, and under cultivation.
After further investigation, the officer determined Gravel shot the deer from Highway 600.
The animal was forfeited to the Crown.
Justice of the Peace Pat Daub heard the case June 10 in Rainy River.
Hunters are reminded that it is illegal to shoot from, down, or across a public road.
As well, hunters must have permission to enter private land—even if the intent is just to cross the private land to reach public land.