Two people from Melfort are facing a big fine for their roles in an illegal outfitting operation.
Conservation officers began investigating after they received a number of complaints regarding the matter for area migratory bird hunts.
Undercover officers booked hunting excursions back in 2017 with the two people, paying for their outfitting and guiding services, which came along with equipment.
During the hunt, one of the people accused said he was okay with the undercover officer shooting both his and his assistant’s bird limit, despite them not being present on hunting day.
A rural property was then on September 15th, seizing a large amount of waterfowl hunting gear, including two firearms. 29 filleted walleye were also found, which put them well over the legal limit of eight.
69 year old Barbara Gunderson and 72 year old Garnet Gunderson pleaded guilty in a Melville courtroom in August. As a result, they received a fine of $15,705, a two year angling suspension and a two year firearm prohibition.
Garnet Gunderson also received a one year hunting suspension.