Hunting

Echo Bay man fined for hunting violations

An Echo Bay man has been fined after being found guilty of multiple hunting offences.

Richard Bowen was convicted of reckless use of a firearm while hunting, unlawfully discharging a firearm on a busy road, knowingly making a false statement to a conservation officer and transporting illegally killed wild animals.

Here is a full statement from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on the decision:

The Ontario government protects the public from unsafe and illegal hunting practices.

Richard Bowen of Echo Bay was convicted of reckless use of a firearm while hunting, unlawfully discharging a firearm on a busy road, knowingly making a false statement to a conservation and transporting illegally killed wild animals. He was fined a total of $6,500, had his hunting license suspended for two years and must retake and pass the Ontario Hunter Education Course. His gun, holster and ammunition were confiscated to the Crown.

The court heard that on November 10, 2018, conservation officers were patrolling Île Saint-Joseph during the regular deer hunting season. Bowen was found in possession of a white-tailed deer. Officers determined the male deer was killed on the road where Bowen carelessly discharged his high-powered rifle into the traveled section of the road and onto the roadway.

Justice of the Peace Sharon Ashick heard the case remotely in the Ontario Court of Justice on March 21, 2022, and sentence was handed down May 31, 2022, in Sault Ste. Married.

Conservation officers remind everyone that by respecting the seasons, sanctuaries, bag and possession limits, we are all helping to ensure the health of our natural resources. To report a natural resources issue or provide information on an unresolved case, members of the public can call the ministry’s TIPS line toll-free at 1-877-847-7667. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS. For more information on unresolved cases, please click here.