A southern Ontario man has been fined $750 for careless hunting and trespassing.

Brett Scheerer of Elmwood pleaded guilty to careless hunting and trespassing on private land and was fined $750. He also forfeited his all-terrain vehicle (ATV) to the Crown. In addition, he is prohibited from hunting for five years and must successfully complete the Ontario Hunter Education Course before hunting in the province again.

Court heard that on November 7, 2014, Scheerer was hunting deer on Limberlost Point Road in the Restoule area. He shot twice at a deer with a high-powered rifle across a road and toward residences, endangering oncoming traffic and residents. He later returned and trespassed on private land, using his ATV to retrieve the deer before fleeing the area.

Justice of the Peace Lauren Scully heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, North Bay, on March 18, 2015.

For further information on hunting regulations, please consult the Ontario Hunting Regulations Summary available at ontario.ca/hunting.

To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).