A Manitoba hunting guide has been fined $21,500 after admitting to a string of violations which were caught during an undercover sting operation involving both Canadian and American officials.
Craig Littlepage, 38, pleaded guilty to six different charges today which date back to 2010. They involve infractions documented by two U.S. fish and wildlife investigators who posed as tourists as part of a group Littlepage led to hunt migratory birds near Arborg.
Littlepage was operating without a licence, failed to properly document and tag more than 100 ducks and geese they killed and even secretly took some of the kill to a nearby farmer who ran what he dubbed "The Butcher Shop" on the side to process the meat. He also admits violating regulations by shooting a gun from his vehicle towards ducks in order to scare them into the sky so other members of the hunting party could take advantage.
Littlepage also allowed two other hunters to pursue black bear in a separate incident despite not having the properly authority or documentation to do so.
The Crown said it took a lengthy, complex investigation to expose Littlepage along with plenty of teamwork from authorities on both sides of the border. A three-week trial was set, but lawyers struck a deal to resolve the matter. As a result, several others charges were stayed against Littlepage, and all charges against his wife were dropped.
Littlepage has one month to pay his fines. He will also be subjected to a hunting ban from provincial officials.