By Neil Cameron
They were 'hunting' within the city limits
Three Lower Mainland men learned a hard lesson about pit lamping deer on a public highway and within the boundaries of the City of Campbell River.
Gang Shi, Guo Fang Zhu and Kwang Vihn On pled guilty Oct. 27 in Abbotsford provincial court to hunting during prohibited hours on the Inland Island Highway between Jubilee Parkway and Willis Road.
Shi was fined $5,000 and forfeited his hunting rifle. Zhu and On were each fined $2,500.
The three were caught at 3 a.m. Sept. 11, 2013, thanks to a local citizen and law enforcement officials.
Conservation Officer Gord Gudbranson said an alert local resident was suspicious about activity at the location and immediately called the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline.
Gudbranson said the quick work of two Campbell River RCMP officers led them to a vehicle in which they found a loaded hunting rifle and a dead two-point black tail deer.
While the trio pleaded guilty to the hunting during prohibited hours charge, they actually faced a host of other charges including: hunting with the use of a light (pit lamping), unlawful possession of dead wildlife, killing wildlife not within an open season, discharge of a firearm on or a across a travelled public road, giving false statement of licence and having a loaded firearm in a vehicle.
Gudbranson said he hopes others in the community will be as vigilant as the person who phoned RAPP and rely on their 'gut instinct' when they think something suspicious is going on.