CORNER BROOK — A provincial court judge in Corner Brook fined a man $1,250 for breaches of the Migratory Birds Convention Act on Friday.
Everette Nippard, whose hometown was not provided in a written decision from Judge Wayne Gorman, had been convicted of hunting for a migratory bird with a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells and having had, for his own use, more than one shotgun while hunting migratory birds.
The charges stemmed from a November 2012 hunting trip in White Bay. At the time Wildlife officers were conducting a patrol in the area checking for compliance with regulations in relation to migratory bird hunting.
During the patrol, the officers came in contact with a vessel which Nippard and another man, Joseph Critchell, were aboard. The boat belonged to Critchell and both men were noted in the decision to have co-operated with the officers.
The officers noted there were three shotguns in the vessel and that none of them were cased. A check of the shotguns lead the officers to conclude that one of them, belonging to Nippard, could hold more than three shells.
In addition to the fine, Nippard will also have to forfeit the firearm seized from him and is prohibited from hunting for migratory birds and from applying for, using or holding a migratory game bird hunting permit for a period of one year.
Meanwhile, Critchell was acquitted of the charge against him of having had, for his own use, more than one shotgun while hunting for migratory birds.