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Man convicted 3rd time for Saskatchewan hunting violations

Saskatchewan conservation officers found three men unlawfully shot an elk on private land in 2013.
An Arran, Sask., man was fined $3,300 for hunting violations and handed a three-year hunting suspension. File / Viewer Supplied

An Arran, Sask., man has been convicted for a third time for hunting violations in the province.

Gerald Freese, 58, recently pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of wildlife, using another person’s licence, and failing to attach a seal to a big game.

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The charges were laid after a routine inspection of a butcher shop in October 2018 when conservation officers said they found a discrepancy in an elk brought in for butchering.

They determined the elk had been shot on Sept. 2, with the licence purchased at 7:59 a.m. that same day, but the person who bought the licence did not shoot the elk.

Officers said another hunter shot the elk then asked someone else to buy the licence.

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Freese was fined $3,300 for the violations and handed a three-year hunting suspension.

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He was previously convicted in 2007 for unlawfully hunting elk, and in 2017 for unlawfully hunting a bull moose.

Charges against the person who bought the licence were dropped by the Crown after Freese agreed to plead guilty.