Vanastra Man Fined For Unlawful Moose Hunting

A Vanastra man has been fined $3,000 for unlawfully hunting moose in 2012.

The court was told that on December 12, 2012, Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers responded to a complaint of illegal hunting near Hidden Lake, southeast of Upsala.

With assistance from OPP and the ministry’s canine unit, conservation officers discovered that a hunter had shot a cow and bull moose from his truck. His hunting party only had hunting validation tags for bull moose and was not authorized to shoot a cow moose.

His rifle and the cow moose were seized and forfeited to the Crown.

The case against Wayne Riley was heard in Thunder Bay early last  month.

Riley pleaded guilty and was fined $1,500 for hunting moose without a licence, $1,000 for discharging a firearm from a vehicle and $500 for making a false statement to a conservation officer.

He is not allowed to hunt in Ontario for one year.