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Four men fined after hunting on private land

Tuesday, December 24, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES

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Four Sault Ste. Marie men pleaded guilty and were fined a total of $2,750 for deer hunting violations.

Bradley Fantham was fined $1,500 for possessing illegally killed wildlife, hunting at night and trespassing to hunt.

Bradley Scott Charette and Jake Pepin were each fined $300 for hunting at night. Charette was fined an additional $150 for trespassing to hunt.

Robert Fantham was fined $500 for unlawfully possessing a firearm at night.

The court heard that early on November 21, 2012, Sault Ste. Marie police asked conservation officers to investigate a night hunting complaint.

Officers found the men pursuing a wounded deer on the grounds of Flakeboard Company Limited.

They learned that Bradley Fantham had shot the deer earlier, while trespassing on private land near his and Robert Fantham’s home.

Police dispatched the badly wounded deer. It was seized and forfeited to the Crown.

Justice of the Peace Paula Nichols heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Sault Ste. Marie, on December 5, 2013.

To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your local ministry officer during regular business hours. 

You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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spence_21 12/24/2013 11:55:47 AM Report

good job
boilertyme 12/24/2013 12:26:46 PM Report

Sounds like the Sheriff of Knottingham lol, " dispatched the wounded animal and forfietted it to the Crown " HaHa, jagoffs
Gater 12/24/2013 12:41:31 PM Report


Caught them Great.. Punishment indicates we put a very LOW value on out Natural Resources Not surprised with this as its in Line with MNR policy ... Legal/ honest users pay. POACHERS pay less.
vmax 12/24/2013 12:59:06 PM Report

they wernt poaching the deer was wounded and ran on private property they were simply trying to find it so it wouldn't go to waist so keep your bs comments to yourself you dont know the story

MsNic 12/24/2013 1:16:37 PM Report

vmax
The article says that the deer was badly wounded because Fanthan had wounded it earlier on PRIVATE property.He was breaking the law several times over. They deserve to go to jail.
cooper2006 12/24/2013 1:33:46 PM Report

Is this the same Brad Charette who in an OPP officer and has a goose and duck guiding business across the whole Algoma region??

Karma can come back to bite!
vmax 12/24/2013 1:57:26 PM Report

MSNIC like i said brad fantham was bow hunting in his back yard and the deer ran on private property and yes he had a tag and the other guys were just friends trying to help find deer it was getting dark they were not hunting so how do you figure they deserve jail time they all got a shitty deal and pleaded to a deal so they dident have to drag it on and cost thousands of $$$$$ in lawyer fees jeez like i said you dont know the whole story
vmax 12/24/2013 1:59:10 PM Report

and cooper its not same Brad Charette that your talking about
j.r.98 12/24/2013 2:01:42 PM Report

yes and isn*t his fathers house inside of the city limits
scottstewy123 12/24/2013 2:10:04 PM Report

yes these hunters got a raw deal. I too believe they plead guilty to avoid huge cost. Whats better thousands of lawyer fees or a couple of fines. Some that comment do not think before they write
Jay72 12/24/2013 2:36:38 PM Report

Persons in question shot the deer after dark, tracked the illegally shot deer (was shot inside city limits) to Flakeboard property. 2 of them snuck (Tresspassed) into the property to get the animal, while the father attempted to gain access through security saying his wife worked for Flakeboard. Security knew that that was not the case and after a few failed attempts security personnel notified Police. This all occurred at approximately 11:30 at night. People that think they know the details may want to check their sources... Just saying!
Beej 12/24/2013 2:39:42 PM Report

Doesn't sound like a raw deal to me, they charged people poaching a deer where hunting is illegal.. besides the trespassing issue.
They got exactly what they deserved.
cliff76 12/24/2013 2:41:13 PM Report

Doesn't sound all too bad. By the looks of it they didn't loose any hunting privileges for next year. Lol. I miss Bellvue Park!
vmax 12/24/2013 2:59:11 PM Report

hey jay 72 fanthams wife dispatches trucks in and out off flake board and was simply trying to get permission to retrieve the deer and the deer was shot in the late evening not the dark there is alot of bush and ground in between where deer was shot and flakeboard and bow hunting is permited in that area i believe its border line city limits
mallet 12/24/2013 3:11:54 PM Report


Just why does this take a year to come to court. If they pleaded guilty, what was the delay, this is a typical case of justice delayed being justice denied. Both the MNR, City Police and the Crown should be ashamed to hold this over the guys head for this long a time. I don't even know the people concerned but I think they were hard done by...
spence_21 12/24/2013 3:13:41 PM Report

vmax this isnt court you dont have to argue your case here they were found guilty and fined its a done deal bud if you wanna plead your case about it you should go apeal it to the courts cryin here aint gonna help you everyones just gonna jump on your back ( pardon my grammer and spelling )
-shaggs- 12/24/2013 3:24:14 PM Report

bow hunting is not allowed in city limits at all(even tho i think we should be allowed) so in that area the city limit ends at town line road north of base line unfortunately who ever shot the deer knew it was wrong.
vmax 12/24/2013 3:28:03 PM Report

hey spence my name is Rob Fantham and that happens to b my lil bro and dad and i dont like seeing people bash my fam when they dont know the facts so with that said im out of here
GotRotties 12/24/2013 3:49:47 PM Report

Bow hunting inside city limits...that's great, they obviously are not very good shots or trackers if it takes an extra three to track down a deer, and if it ran THAT far then I guess they were not even close to a kill shot. Pretty sad for the poor animal. I wonder how old this baby brother is that he needs defending. Is he old enough to have a deer licence? Bow hunting should be banned esp in city limits, imagine someone hit a bear and that aggravated bear stumbled through the city til finally the police "dispatched it" could do a lot of damage.
Bad Dawg 12/24/2013 4:17:04 PM Report

all could've been avoided if he took another year practicing his bow skills and not made the mistake of taking a deer that was not a one hit one kill scenerio. You should never hunt close to private land and this case proves it...... poor choices tisk tisk
asp 12/24/2013 4:48:07 PM Report

Wow they are real hunters Ha!ha!. You would think they would know better idiots.
Boomer4771 12/24/2013 7:04:56 PM Report

Plain and simple....If your not guilty you don't plea. POACHERS AT THEIR BEST... LMAO....
Vorly 12/24/2013 7:24:17 PM Report

If you don't know the details, don't comment. Also some commenters obviously don't have a clue about hunting so just shut up.
fullstringer 12/24/2013 9:28:56 PM Report

Vmax, I'm with you! I too went thru the crap that MNR can dish out to suit their needs and make headlines. The commenters on here are just idiots who know no better.
Boomer4771 12/24/2013 10:38:06 PM Report

Ya... All you commenters that don't know the true story... Shame on you... Some dumb ass took a bad shot when it was past hunting time, then took what over 5 hours to track the injured animal and was in possession of a firearm after dark... Really.. Should have gotten away with it like he did soooooo many times before... MNR had their eyes on these idiots and nailed them...plain and simple... so really screw off with the bullshit excuses..LMAO...Thank you MNR...
razeandcrash 12/25/2013 8:56:59 AM Report

Don't need the whole story morons. 1. It's illegal to hunt in city limits. 2. It's illegal to discharge a fire arm, bow, crossbow or even a slling shot in city limits. 3. It's illegal to pursue any animal onto private property, in which case it becomes the property of the owner. So you might want to go take hunter ed again, since your all stunned and have no ideas about hunting or the laws yourself. You plead out cause they would have nailed you harder for your stupidity
Vindicator 12/25/2013 11:30:59 AM Report

Great, a family of morons running around with weapons.
They couldn't track a wounded animal in the snow, pathetic losers. They are lucky the courts don't believe in handing out penalties that would actually act as deterrents. You can bet this is not the first time these people have hunted illegally.
Jay72 12/25/2013 4:39:12 PM Report

vmax 12/24/2013 2:59:11 PM Report

hey jay 72 fanthams wife dispatches trucks in and out off flake board and was simply trying to get permission to retrieve the deer


He was trying to get permission to access the property by lying about his wife actually working for Flakeboard? She dispatches trucks for one of our smaller carriers that hauls finished board OUT of Flakeboard only. She does not "Work For" Flakeboard as your father indicated to the Security guard. Besides the other two were already on the property without permission aka Tresspassing... Again, it happened between 11PM and 12AM at night, Deer was shot well within city limits (No Hunting) and was in all likelihood shot after dark because the area it was shot in was in the Neffs Hill area of second line which is less than a mile from the property. It should not have taken 5 hours to track a wounded deer less than a mile through snow.

Seems to me they were guilty and plead guilty knowing there wasn't a deer's chance in your backyard of getting out of the charges...
Boomer4771 12/26/2013 4:06:06 PM Report

Jay72...WELL SAID....
Gater 12/27/2013 10:45:59 AM Report

Jay 72 Excellently put.. We will undoubtedly be reading about the poachers again.
RMK123 1/1/2014 5:26:32 PM Report

jay 72 , your clueless and half of you on here don't have a clue about hunting , if you did you would know that , every hunter makes a bad shot eventually and when you do you have to give your best effort in retrieving the animal, its always best to give it time to die before pushing it however leaving it too long can result in an easy meal for cayotes , especially around here...and word around flakeboard is they had been given access by the guard at the gate after given access they located the deer then went home to retrieve a weapon as they never had one originaly , upon return learnt that a different security guard called the police / MNR after seeing guys walking with lights and the investigation began ... 90% of charges layed by MNR result in a guilty plea because no one wants to pay lawer charges,wich are more.... as for hunting in the city , there is no law against it .... as there shouldn't be...too many deer being killed by vehicles and going to waste , theres only a by law saying you cant fire a broadhead wich is the same as if a kid shot the wrong tip into a target in his backyard , its not enforced.
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