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Buck 120

Outfitter fined $40,000

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Buck 120

From the Chronicle Journal

Northwest Bureau

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 08:00

A Fort Frances man has been fined $40,000 for convictions under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, the Ministry of Natural Resources reports.

Grant Gustafson pleaded guilty in provincial court to hunting swimming deer; chasing deer with a motorboat, discharging a firearm from a motorboat, unlawfully hunting wolves, killing moose without a licence, attaching a game seal to a moose that had been killed by another person, using an illegal firearm, and making a false statement to a conservation officer.

Gustafson is also banned from hunting for 10 years and from guiding hunters for two years. Three motorboats, a trailer, rifle and hunting equipment were permanently forfeited to the Crown.

Two of Gustafson’s employees and five of his clients were fined a combined total of $15,500 and received a combined total of 26 years of hunting suspensions.

Court heard that between 2007 and 2009, conservation officers, assisted by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, conducted a covert investigation of Gustafson’s commercial deer outfitting business on Lake of the Woods near Kenora and on Rainy Lake near Fort Frances.

Catering primarily to U.S. clients, Gustafson used dogs to drive deer from islands into open water. He and his employees then used their motorboats to push the swimming deer toward clients waiting with rifles on shore.

Gustafson also took hunters by boat to get close to swimming deer. If the deer were judged to have large enough antlers to be deemed trophy deer, he directed clients to shoot them from the boats.

He also directed his clients to shoot wolves although he knew they were not licensed to do so, court was told.


Not just a 3 month season but a 12 month obsession!!!

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brookiebuster

Should have been thrown in jail.


"Whack em' and stack em',kill em' and grill em'" Ted Nugent

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Castnblast

Should have been thrown in jail.

agreed....along with any a-hole US client that purchased his services

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Some Old Guy

Wow.

All of this for the money. Authorities should also go through all of his reciepts over the years and took those earnings and then slapped him with a fine.

Very brutal.

Roger


R.T.R. Respect the resource!

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