BRACEBRIDGE – A Muskoka-area man has been fined for a hunting violation.

Shane Watkinson of MacTier pleaded guilty and was fined $2,500 for allowing the flesh of a white-tailed deer to become unsuitable for human consumption. He also received a one-year hunting licence suspension.

Court heard that on Feb. 17, 2017, a conservation officer from the Parry Sound district located a white-tailed deer hanging in an outbuilding at Watkinson’s residence. It was determined that the deer had been harvested in December of 2016, and that its flesh was no longer suitable for human consumption.

Justice of the Peace Cheryl McLean heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Bracebridge, on Jan. 17.

For further information on hunting regulations, please consult the Ontario Hunting Regulations Summary available at

To report a natural resource violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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