Hunting

Repeat offender in prison for fishing, hunting offenses

Cameron Tucker of Sault Ste. Marie was convicted of trespassing for the purpose of fishing and is prohibited from possessing an Ontario fishing license and from engaging in fishing activities for a period of four years. In addition, his rods, net and tackle were confiscated for the benefit of the Crown.

The court heard that on May 7, 2019, conservation officers opened an investigation after complaints were filed about anglers trespassing on posted private property to access Coldwater Creek in the City of Sault Ste. Married. During the investigation, Tucker was identified as one of the people who had trespassed to fish and was later charged.

Additionally, the court heard that on April 29, 2020, conservation officers were patrolling the St Mary’s River in the City of Sault Ste. Marie when they saw Tucker trespassing on the International Railroad Bridge to fish in the river.

In a separate case, on April 20, 2022, Tucker was found guilty of failing to comply with a court order, hunting moose without a license, possessing a loaded firearm in a vehicle , making a false statement to a conservation officer and failing to notify the ministry of a change of address. He was sentenced to six days in jail and prohibited from hunting or possessing firearms in a game-inhabited area until April 2028. Tucker’s firearms were forfeited to the Crown .

The court heard that on October 21, 2019, conservation officers conducted an inspection of a truck containing two occupants traveling on Red Rock Road in Korah Township during the open moose season in the unit of wildlife management 36. During the inspection, a loaded .30-06 was in the back seat of the truck. The investigation determined that Tucker was hunting moose in violation of a court order that prohibited him from hunting and possessing firearms in an area inhabited by game. Two other firearms belonging to Tucker were located in the truck and seized during the investigation. Tucker made several false statements to the conservation officer and it was determined that he did not update his address on his outdoors card within 10 days of the move, as required by the protection of fish and wildlife.

Justice of the Peace Paula Nichols heard the cases in the Ontario Court of Justice, Sault Ste. Marie on March 22, 2022 and April 20, 2022 respectively.

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 visit ontario.ca/mnrftips.