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Man fined for careless use of firearm while hunting

Wednesday, February 19, 2014   by: Staff
A Sault Ste. Marie moose hunter was fined $2,000 for careless use of a firearm.
Derek Grisdale pleaded guilty to carelessly discharging a firearm while hunting.
He must successfully complete the hunter education course before he can apply for a new hunting licence.
Court heard that on October 7, 2011, Grisdale shot and killed a moose from Frater Road, north of Montreal River.
Conservation officers, alerted by complaints from other hunters, located the kill site.
Their investigation determined that Grisdale could not have checked for approaching people or vehicles from the spot he fired his gun.
The moose 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 January 10, 2014.
The Ministry of Natural Resources reminds hunters that careless hunting is illegal.
For further information on hunting regulations, please consult the 2013-2014 Hunting Regulations Summary available at
To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (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).


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Gater 2/19/2014 2:58:06 PM Report

That is a all to common practise .Shooting down a road . Its just common sense that you have to know whats behind what your shooting at BEFORE you shoot.
He wont do that again for awhile..
MikeQ 2/19/2014 3:49:11 PM Report

Hard lesson learned. Unlike most hunting fines posted on sootoday which are usually related to hunting without licenses, poaching, etc etc...this is one where the person probably meant well, but made a rookie mistake. Definitely learning the hard way, but I still think that the real harsh penalties should be going towards those people who blatantly break the law or try to lie/cover up illegal kills while hunting/fishing.
travelingman 2/19/2014 4:39:45 PM Report

Makes you wonder how they come up with these penalties. I've seen fines levied for killing moose without a license or poaching the wrong animal or wrong area that were smaller than this guy's fine. Not that he shouldn't be penalized in some way. Just make it fit the crime better.
Bad Dawg 2/19/2014 5:39:12 PM Report

that is a little expensive but no license suspension either. Does have to take the course again.
lp670-4 Super Veloce 2/19/2014 7:05:50 PM Report

@ Bad Dawg. He doesnt need to take another corse he already clearly knows how to shoot a gun. due to the fact he hit the moose.
you know 2/19/2014 7:22:42 PM Report

Absolute joke!!!! Americans come on our land get caught for poaching and receive $1500 fines outrageous!!!
Bad Dawg 2/19/2014 7:43:35 PM Report

following me Ip?? Your really misinformed if you think all the hunter training is just shooting a gun (facepalm)....... idiot
lp670-4 Super Veloce 2/19/2014 7:56:26 PM Report

@ Bad Dawg. How hard can it be. point gun shoot. and i dont see why you would need a license unless you were driving to your hunting spot. Let the men hunt.
Verbatim 2/19/2014 9:24:37 PM Report

im a little confused about this....i have been hunting before and i have witnessed people shooting at a perfectly legitimate manner...and they have my question is this..if it is possible to miss what you are shooting at can it not be said that there is a chance that someone could have been in the way of that bullet and if so would that justify a fine as well. what im trying to say is..if you have to make sure your bullet path is clear you could be looking around in the bush for days
Resident 2/20/2014 12:06:32 AM Report

How dare someone be in the "great hunters" way. Even to drive down a road!
northlanddan 2/20/2014 7:30:15 AM Report

With all the laws in place , it is not illegal to shoot a animal from the road or to be specific a logging road. However safety is the most important factor. But it needs to be made against the law to discharge a fire arm from a logging road . You can be fined for not wearing a orange toque but it's ok to shoot from a logging road. Birds as well, some people use 22 's to shoot partridge , how safe is that . It would mean more tags as well if moose need to be hunted not shot in the open , how much skill is that to shoot a moose standing in a road.
Tag33&1/3rd 2/20/2014 8:11:06 AM Report

There is no need to shoot any animal when we have grocery stores! I don't think any hunter would enjoy being shot at now would they? Shooting a defenseless animal makes you a man? Lol
justsomeguy 2/20/2014 8:52:26 AM Report

@tag - I don't like hunting for sport however I understand hunting for food. Even the top end stores sell meat that is packed full of antibiotics and growth hormones. The completely organic meat can be really expensive. Wild meat is a viable option.

Have you ever seen a slaughterhouse? A skilled hunter can often despatch an animal more humanely.

That being said, there are some idiot hunters out there.

Hunting (in my opinion) isn't (or at least shouldn't) be about asserting your masculinity. Have you seen how many people hunt? Hide in a blind, bait, mask their scent and wait for the animal to come to them. Nothing too manly about that. There are also many, many women hunters around today.
boilertyme 2/20/2014 8:53:10 AM Report

How does your beef steak get to the store shelf, do you figure the cow dies of old age lol
Bad Dawg 2/20/2014 11:24:22 AM Report

There is plenty of room for all creatures...... right next to the mashed potatoes and gravy.

I don't shoot innocent animals, just the ones that look guilty of being delicious.
Bad Dawg 2/20/2014 11:37:46 AM Report

lol you are in a fantasy world if you think the grocery store meat is treated more humane. I know what I am eating 100% natural meat. What did your chicken, cow eat before they electrocuted it and spiked its brain?? I know my meat is not eating steroids, or getting some genetic booster.

Do you think its bad when I catch a fish I smash its head with a little bat?? Don't eat capt. highliner either cause his fish suffer in a tank.

**Bambi was yummers with blueberry sauce
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