$2,000 fine for hunting violation


DNA, hair and blood analysis were instrumental in convicting a Langton man of a deer-hunting offence late last month.

In the Ontario Court of Justice Sept. 28, Justice-of-the-Peace Catherine Woron fined Nicholas Pickerd $2,000 for killing a white-tailed deer out of season.

Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers were tipped off April 28 that someone had shot a deer in the local area out of season. The MNR attended with a canine unit and retrieved blood, hair and tissue samples.

The test results were compared with processed deer meat found in Pickerd’s possession. Subsequent testing provided a match.

“The investigation determined that Pickerd had shot the deer on April 26, 2017, out of season and at a time when female deer would likely be pregnant,” the MNR said Wednesday in a news release.

Pickerd pleaded guilty to the charge. The court also suspended Pickerd’s hunting privileges for two years.

Anyone wishing to report a suspected natural resources violation can do so by calling the MNR tip-line at 1-877-847-7667.

Complaints can also be registered with Crime Stoppers of Haldimand & Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477. Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.