By Judie Steeves
There’s no tolerance for drinking while driving, even on backroads, and particularly not with a loaded firearm, warn conservation officers.
One hunter was stopped twice by officers east of Kelowna Thursday for drinking while driving. The first time was at 9:30 a.m. and he was ticketed for having open liquor in his vehicle. The second time his firearms were confiscated for 24 hours.
There have also been a high number of incidents of loaded firearms in vehicles. Inspector Barb Leslie commented, “Loaded firearms in vehicles is just not acceptable. It’s a very serious safety issue. They must be unloaded when you get into a vehicle.”
As well, she said it’s vital that hunters be alert and not drink alcohol while using either vehicles or firearms.
Finally, she said if a hunter shoots an animal that is not in season, for whatever reason, it’s important that they report their error as soon as possible, rather than wait for conservation officers to track them down.
CO Ken Owens reports that six or seven moose have been poached in this area in the past couple of weeks, along with a number of deer and a couple of elk.
If you have any information regarding illegal activity, call the toll-free Report All Polluters and Poachers line at: 1-877-952-7277. More....