Hunting Without A Licence Costs $300

Fine and Licence Suspension for Hunting Without A Licence

A Chatham man has been fined $300 and banned from hunting migratory game birds for one year after pleading guilty to hunting waterfowl without a Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit.

Court heard that on September 24, 2011, conservation officers with the Lake Erie Enforcement Unit were checking waterfowl hunters in the Chatham-Kent waters of Lake St Clair.  After determining that Ouellette had shot his limit of six ducks, they discovered he didn’t have a Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit.

Bryon Ouellette said membership in a Métis organization gave him the right to hunt waterfowl without a Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit.  However, the Supreme Court set out a test that must be satisfied for a Métis claimant to prove harvesting rights.  Membership in a Métis organization in and of itself does not prove Métis harvesting rights.

Justice of the Peace Marsha Miskokomon heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Chatham, on November 7, 2012.

Hunters are reminded that a valid Ontario small game hunting licence and Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit are both required to hunt migratory game birds in Ontario.

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


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