Deer Poachers Fined $5500

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Licence Suspension, Probation and $5500 Fine for Hunting Offences

Two Wallaceburg men were fined a total of $5,500 for night hunting offences.

Corby Knight pleaded guilty and was fined $1,500 for careless use of a firearm, $1,000 for unlawfully hunting deer at night, $500 for unlawfully possessing an uncased firearm at night and $1,000 for hunting deer during the closed season. His shotgun, rifle, gun case and ammunition were permanently forfeited to the Crown.

Cody Haskell pleaded guilty and was fined $500 for unlawfully hunting deer at night, $250 for using a light to hunt at night and $750 for hunting deer during the closed season.

In addition to the fines, both men received a probation order for a period of two years and are prohibited from possessing a licence to hunt, hunting by any means, being in the presence of any person engaged in hunting, or possessing hunting equipment other than in their lawful residence.  Both men were ordered to complete a hunter safety education course.

On March 8, 2012, the Chatham Kent Police Service received a call about gunshots heard at night on Mud Creek Line in the Municipality of Chatham Kent. Officers attended the area and turned the investigation over to Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers, who determined that Knight and Haskell were illegally hunting at night.

Justice of the Peace Malcolm Rogers heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Chatham, on April 17, 2013.

For further information on hunting regulations, please consult the 2013-2014 Hunting Regulations Summary, available at ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres, from licence issuers and at


To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours.  You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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