Hunter's charged for hunting over bait ...

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  1. Gunnermann

    Gunnermann New Member

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    This story is right off of the Ontario Conservation Officer's Association web-site. They give short descriptions on some of the cases they have come across. This one is worth reading. Seems like they went to a lot of trouble ... only to get in a lot of trouble.




    February 28, 2005

    TRIO FINED $7,500 FOR BAITING AND HUNTING GEESE

    WINDSOR - Three hunters who used yellow bottles as bait to simulate cobs of corn have been fined a total of $7,500 for illegally hunting geese.

    Rolland Miller, 44, of Harrow, Chadd Charron, 33, of Belle River and Stanley Laramie, 29, of Kingsville pleaded guilty to hunting within 400 metres of bait put down to attract waterfowl. Miller and Charron were each fined $3,000 and Laramie was fined $1,000. Laramie also pleaded guilty to possessing toxic lead shot and was fined $500.

    Each hunter was also suspended from possessing a migratory bird hunting license for one year.

    Court heard that on December 10, 2004 a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer found the three men hunting geese near Kingsville. They were hunting less than 250 metres from regular goose decoys, among which were 102 bottles that had been painted yellow to simulate cobs of corn.

    Corn and any imitation of corn are viewed as bait under the Migratory Birds Convention Act and hunting within the 400-metre range is considered an unfair advantage for hunters.

    Justice of the Peace Murphy heard the cases in the Ontario Court of Justice in Windsor on February 28, 2005.

    The public is encouraged to help protect its natural resources by reporting violations to the local MNR office or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
     
  2. Underradar

    Underradar Banned

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    Another stupid law? Or stupid Canadians?
     
  3. woodieblaster

    woodieblaster Elite Refuge Member

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    Honestly I didnt know it was illegal, dont they sell fake corn as a decoy?

    WB
     
  4. birdartist

    birdartist Elite Refuge Member

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    thats canada not usa.
     
  5. WildCanuck

    WildCanuck Elite Refuge Member

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    been illegal for a long time, they should know that.
    glad they got busted. and if they didn't know it was illegal, than why were they hunting 250 yeards away from their spread?? (unless it wasn't their's).
    WildCanuck
     
  6. westkybanded

    westkybanded Elite Refuge Member

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    My understanding here is that you are allowd to use fake "food" as long as it's not something easily injestable... I.E.... No spraypainted peagravel, but painted TP rolls are ok.
     
  7. Cuppedwings.ca

    Cuppedwings.ca Elite Refuge Member

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    Wow, I honestly never thought that was illegal.... real corn sure but fake cobs?
     
  8. castandblast21

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  9. AvianQuest

    AvianQuest Elite Refuge Member Flyway Manager

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    That's not illegal here and really using plastic corn shouldn't be any different than using plastic decoys.

    But where that's the law, people need to obey it.

    The A-hole who was using the lead shot, should have been gutted on the spot.
     
  10. bigreid

    bigreid Moderator

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    I always wondered about using fake corn cobs. So is the consensus that it is legal in the US?
     

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