Ministry of Natural Resources


TIPS Call Nabs Two Poachers


NEWS (12pt)

May 5,  2010


 Sounds of a gun shot alerted a tipster on Feb. 14th 2010 to some wrongdoings.  A call to the Ministry of Natural Resources’ TIPS line led to an investigation by Conservation Officers from the Midhurst District.


As a result of the investigation, two men have been charged and fined a total of $3150.

for various offences under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.


William  Maes, 54 yrs, of Lisle plead guilty to charges of hunt deer during closed season, trespass to hunt, careless use of a firearm, transport wildlife unlawfully killed, unlawfully hunt with a gun on Sunday and abandon flesh suitable for food.  He was fined a total of $2200.  In addition, his hunting privileges have been suspended for a period of one year and he must re-take and pass the Ontario hunter safety course before he can hunt again. His seized firearm has also  been forfeited to the Crown..


Robert Young, 28 yrs of Barrie, plead guilty to trespass to hunt, transport wildlife unlawfully killed, abandon flesh suitable for food and hunt deer during closed season. He was fined a total of $950.


Court heard that the pair was driving through Mulmur Twp. when they spotted a deer close to the road.  Maes turned the vehicle around, reached across Young, who was sitting in the passenger seat and shot the deer with his rifle.  The deer was approximately 20 yards off the road on property posted no trespassing.  Young ran on to the property and retrieved the deer.  Fearing that they were detected, the two men dumped the deer on a nearby side road.


Between archery and gun seasons, hunters can legally harvest, with the appropriate firearm, deer from Oct. 1st to Dec. 31st in Mulmur Twp.


 Justice of the Peace Santino Spadafora heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, in Orangeville on May 5, 2010.


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





Rick Williams  Midhurst District

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