McDougall resident pleads guilty to reckless use of firearm while hunting

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

McDougall’s Mark Upton pleaded guilty to reckless use of a firearm. He was fined $6,500 and suspended for one year on his hunting license. He will also have to pass the Ontario Hunter Education Course before he can purchase another hunting licence.

Court heard that on October 17, 2021, conservation officers were conducting a moose decoy operation on Dog River Road northwest of the City of Thunder Bay. This planned operation was a response to dangerous historic hunting practices in the same area. The moose caller was on a commonly used logging road; conservation officers controlled traffic near the operation. Upton shot the decoy moose with a high-powered shotgun, into the road, as he stood in the road.

Justice of the Peace Jerry Woods heard the case remotely in the Ontario Court of Justice in Thunder Bay on April 6, 2022.

Conservation officers remind everyone that by respecting seasons, sanctuaries, bag and possession limits, we all help 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 visit