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Two men sentenced for
hunting out of season turkeys
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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The above photo is the forfeited .22 calibre rifle and a poached wild turkey that was
shot out of season. Two men have been convicted in the Pincher Creek Court for the
offence.
DIEGO SYZ
Pass Herald Staff
Two local men recently appeared in Pincher Creek Provincial Court on December 17. They both plead guilty to hunting during a closed season.

On October 19, 2013, the Blairmore Fish and Wildlife received a Report A Poacher call regarding two people hunting wild turkeys near Coleman. The turkey season is only open in the spring time and then under a very limited special draw.

A Wildlife Officer responded to the area and stopped a truck that was seen leaving. A 26 yr./old Pincher Creek male and a 27 yr./old Coleman male were stopped by the Officer. A search of the vehicle resulted in locating one dead wild turkey. Upon the Officer questioning the pair, it was learned that they picked up a quantity of beer, a .22 calibre rifle and went for a drive looking for something to shoot. An unlucky flock of turkeys was found and pursued into the forest by the men. Unbeknownst to them, a member of the public watched as they took turns firing into the flock before killing at least one bird. The firearm was then smashed and left in the forest by its owner.

The firearm was later retrieved by the accused and forfeited to the Crown. The turkey carcass was also forfeited spoiling their attempt at a turkey dinner. The Coleman man who admitted to actually killing the bird, was fined $1500 for hunting during a closed season and is suspended from hunting for a period of one year. The Other man received a $500 fine for the same offence and also received a one year hunting suspension.

The public is reminded to call the Report A Poacher hotline 1-800-642-3800 any time they see suspicious activities related to fish or wildlife. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward if your information leads to charges.
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