A two-and-a-half year investigation into illegal outfitting activities near Hazlet, Saskatchewan has led to more than 71-thousand dollars in fines for four North Battleford men.
Ministry of Environment conservation officers recently completed their investigation near the community, which is located 64 kilometres northwest of Swift Current near the Great Sand Hills.
The multi-agency-initiative gathered information these four men had been outfitting and guiding two American clients in the area.
The investigation also included assistance from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service who determined the four individuals were outfitting illegally and a mule deer buck had been illegally shot and eventually exported to the United States.
Last November, 59-year old Charles Meechance, age 59, pleaded guilty to unlawfully acting as a guide, unlawful hunting and providing false information and was fined.
Others now facing fines are 37-year old Gerald Meechance, 43- year old Neal Meechance and 47-year old Steven Pritchard.
The Ministry of Environment says laws to manage outfitting, outfitter allocations and areas are designed to provide effective management of wildlife populations to ensure hunting opportunities are available now and into the future.