February 12, 2019 1:04 pm

Yorkton, Sask. men fined, suspended for hunting under the influence

WATCH ABOVE: Fines issued for three Okanagan men who trespassed onto private property to hunt.

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Two Yorkton, Sask., men have been fined and handed suspensions for hunting while under the influence of marijuana.

Saskatchewan conservation officers said the men were found in a vehicle parked on Wildlife Development Funds lands near Calder, Sask., in September 2018.

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Signs in the area state the lands are “foot access only.”

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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.

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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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