Conservation officers planted a bull moose decoy on the roadside as a trap for unlicensed hunters
Two Petrolia, Ont. men have been fined and had their hunting licences suspended after shooting a moose decoy placed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
Both men pleaded guilty to charges in June.
On October 13, 2015, conservation officers placed a bull moose decoy on Bonheur Road, east of Ignace, Ont..
According to a media release from the ministry, the men left their vehicle and shot at the decoy on the road. They did not possess a bull moose tag, and failed to meet party hunting requirements.
One man was fined $3,000 for careless shooting on a public road and $2,000 for moose hunting without a licence.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry reported that he had previous convictions and unpaid fines for hunting offences.
The other man was fined $2,500 for careless shooting on a public road and $1,500 for moose hunting without a licence.
Both men also received one-year hunting suspensions and are required to re-take the Ontario hunter education course before getting new hunting licences.