By Daryl Braun
Manitoba Conservation says it has found further evidence of poaching by two men caught hunting deer illegally near Sundown Wednesday night. Two males from the Steinbach area were nabbed for shooting a deer out of season and after dark. Earl Simmons, Regional Field Supervisor for Manitoba Conservation, says they've found out more since then.
"Subsequent investigation revealed that there was some blood in the trunk of the vehicle. Later on, it was learned that these individuals were involved in hunting earlier on in the week and a second deer was recovered at one of the accuseds' residence."
Simmons says his office greatly appreciates the people who phoned in the tip that led to the arrest of two males, aged 33 and 36. He notes, not only were they hunting illegally, they were a danger to others.
"They were using a high powered rifle during archery season. They were in proximity of people's buildings, their houses. There was alcohol involved, late hunting, shooting from the road, there were all kinds of offences that occurred here. And, because of the cooperation of the people in the area, we were able to apprehend them and we are very appreciative of the public's assistance."
Simmons says poaching is relatively rare and will be kept in check as long as people continue to alert them to violations.