A 60-year-old Vancouverite who “wanted to go home with the money” was fined $ 6,000 and a five-year hunting ban for shooting two deer with a crossbow while standing. was walking around downtown Princeton in October 2020.
The man shot dead two mule deer in a residential area around midnight, RCMP said. A witness, worried to see a man walking through town with a crossbow, called him to the police.
The man in full camouflage shot the deer on October 21, 2020, according to Princeton RCMP Sgt. Rob Hughes.
Police found the man near the Subway restaurant on Highway 3. He told police he had been hunting in the area for two days without seeing any deer and “wanted to go home with some deer. money”.
RCMP seized a crossbow, arrows and four rifles from the suspect’s vehicle.
Conservation officers then resumed the investigation. One deer was found dead that night while the second deer was spotted in the area the next day. He had a crossbow bolt lodged in his chest and commanders were forced to put it down, Conservation Services said Wednesday.
The 60-year-old pleaded guilty in Princeton Provincial Court to hunting without reasonable consideration for the life, safety or property of others, hunting during a closed season and hunting during prohibited hours; all British Columbia Wildlife Act offenses.
The majority of the penalty will go to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, BC Conservation said.
The man was also ordered to resume the CORE hunter training program. His crossbow was confiscated.
“Unsafe hunting practices, especially in the dark in a residential area, can put people at risk. The Conservation Officer Service hopes this notable sanction will deter others from undertaking similar activities, ”Conservation said in a statement.
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