Manitoba Sustainable Development says that a man hunting near Carberry at night in December 2017 has been banned from hunting big game in Manitoba for one year.
According to investigators, officers received a video that showed a group of people in a truck chasing elk through a field at night. The hunters in the truck chased the elk and were able to get close enough to use a spot light and shoot and kill two elk.
Conservation officers were concerned not only because of the spotlighting but also because the field the hunters were in was close to several homes and only a few hundred metres from a highway.
Keifer Joseph Spence was convicted of hunting at night with lights, chasing big game from a vehicle and hunting on private land without permission.
He was fined $3,000 and forfeited his truck along with hunting gear that was used that night. Spence also has to pay $5,000 in restitution.
A second hunter who was with Spence had his charges stayed.
Moose Carcasses discovered
In another unrelated case Conservation officers discovered two moose carcasses near Bissett in February 2018. Moose hunting in that area was not permitted due to declining populations.
After discovering the game officers placed the area under surveillance and waited for someone to return for the moose. Two men eventually showed up on a snowmobile and covered the carcasses with a white blanket.
As officers moved in one man took off on the snowmobile while the other tried to run away on foot. Officers took him into custody.
Paul Robert Tytgat pleaded guilty for possessing illegally taken wildlife. He was fined $1,800 and required to pay $11,000 in restitution. He also was banned from big game and game bird hunting for two years.
The other man had his charged stayed.
The moose carcasses were donated to a local First Nation community.
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