Ontario – The Ontario government is safeguarding people from unsafe and illegal hunting practices.
Riley Brown and Jeffery Brown, both of Wheatley, pleaded guilty and were fined $1,000 each for unlawfully discharging a firearm from a roadway, and $500 each for trespassing for the purpose of hunting. In addition to the fines, both were suspended from hunting in Ontario for six months.
Court heard that on September 25, 2021, the opening day of small game season, conservation officers were conducting a pheasant decoy operation in the Hullett Marsh area, northeast of the town of Clinton. This operation was planned in response to historic occurrences of unsafe hunting practices in that same area. Officers observed Jeffery Brown drive past the decoy location and stop the vehicle which he was driving. Riley Brown stepped out of the vehicle and, following direction from Jeffery, attempted to shoot at the decoy from the roadway. The decoy was located on private property where the Browns did not have permission to hunt.
Justice of the Peace Joanna Opalinski heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Goderich, on March 22, 2022.
Conservation officers remind everyone that by respecting seasons, sanctuaries, bag and possession limits, we all help ensure our natural resources stay healthy. To report a natural resource problem or provide information about an unsolved case, members of the public can call the ministry TIPS line toll free at 1-877-847-7667. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS. For more information about unsolved cases, please visit ontario.ca/mnrftips.