Two men from Melfort are facing $10,500 in fines after pleading guilty to a pair of charges under The Wildlife Act.
In November of last year, while inspecting a meat processor, Ministry of Environment conservation officers discovered that the two men had each shot a dear earlier that month and had lawfully tagged them.
Later in the month though the same tags were used on separate deer that were shot.
In a news release the government said. “When they took all four deer to the meat processor, they were asked for the missing tags. The men stated they forgot them and would bring them in the next day. That evening, the men contacted two other individuals and had them each purchase white-tailed deer tags. These new tags were then taken to the meat processor and attached to the deer.
Conservation officers concluded that all four white-tailed deer had been shot by the two men and charges were laid.
Melfort residents Nathan Cherkowski and Wyatt Martin, both 21, pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of white-tailed deer, as well as unlawful hunting. Cherkowski was fined $5,600 and Martin received $4,900 in fines.”