Yorkton, Sask. men fined, suspended for hunting under the influence
Saskatchewan conservation officers said the men were found in a vehicle parked on Wildlife Development Funds lands near Calder, Sask., in September 2018.
Signs in the area state the lands are “foot access only.”
Officers said there was a strong smell of burning marijuana when they approached the vehicle.
An unspecified amount of marijuana and a loaded firearm were found in the vehicle during a hunter compliance check, Environment Ministry officials said.
Timothy Eashappie, 37, and Colby Barnhardt-Peepeetch, 20, were charged with hunting under the influence of a narcotic and possession of marijuana.
Both pleaded guilty recently in Yorkton provincial court.
Eashappie was also charged with driving with a suspended licence and operating a vehicle on wildlife lands. He was fined a total of $1,250.
Barnhardt-Peepeetch was also charged with having a loaded firearm in a vehicle and fined a total of $1,480.
They also received two-year hunting suspensions.
Officials said hunting under the influence of alcohol or narcotics is not only illegal, but extremely dangerous.
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