While in the area where the complaints originated, a Conservation Officer witnessed an intense flash of artificial light followed by the sound of a high powered rifle shot. Officers re-positioned themselves nearer to this area to observe any further activity.
After relocating, a Conservation Officer noted a vehicle travelling down the gravel road towards his position. A beam of light emerged from the vehicle’s passenger compartment, illuminating the privately owned field adjacent to the road in which the vehicle
was travelling on.
Conservation Officers subsequently conducted a vehicle stop, arresting three males for hunting vertebrate animals at night with lights. A 1990 Ford F-150, two rifles, and various other hunting related equipment was seized.
On December 21, 2015 the matter was set for trial in Provincial Court in Peguis, MB. All three men were convicted and fines totalling $1,000 were assessed. All seizures, including the vehicle, rifles and hunting equipment – valued at approximately $4,000 were forfeited to the Crown.
Anyone with information about illegal activities is asked to call their local Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship Office or the Turn in Poachers (TIP) line at 1-800-782-0076 (toll-free).