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Night hunting not a legal sport: Fish and Wildlife officers arrest three near Redcliff

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Over the past number of months, Medicine Hat Fish and Wildlife Officers have been investigating a series of reports of night hunting and incidents of deer shot and abandoned in the southeast region of the province.


On November 23, Redcliff RCMP stopped a vehicle matching the description given in an earlier report of illegal hunting. Two men from Medicine Hat were arrested, later admitting to night hunting, hunting during a closed season, leaving edible game meat to waste and hunting without licences. Subsequent investigation led to a third male who was also charged with multiple counts under the Wildlife Act. Fish and Wildlife Officers have seized two vehicles, spotlights and several firearms as a result of the investigation.
Poaching is a serious crime with severe penalties. If convicted, violators may be fined up to $50,000 and/or sentenced up to six months in jail for each conviction.
If you have any information regarding illegal hunting activity, please call the Report a Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800 any time, day or night. All information is kept strictly confidential and could be eligible for a cash reward.

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