A 60-year-old Vancouver man who “wanted to go home with a buck” has been fined $6,000 and a five-year hunting ban for shooting two deer with a crossbow while strolling through downtown Princeton in October 2020.
The man shot two mule deer near midnight in a residential area, RCMP said. A witness, concerned about seeing a man walking around town with a crossbow, called police.
The man in full camouflage shot the deer on Oct. 21, 2020, according to Princeton RCMP Sgt. Rob Hughes.
Police found the man near the Subway restaurant on Highway 3. He told police that he had been hunting in the area for two days without seeing a deer, and “wanted to go home with a buck”.
RCMP seized a crossbow, arrows and four rifles from the suspect’s vehicle.
Natuurmonumenten later took over the research. One deer was found dead that night, while the second deer was spotted in the area the next day. A crossbow bolt was lodged in his chest and brigades were forced to put him down, Conservation Services said Wednesday.
The 60-year-old pleaded guilty in Princeton county court to hunting without reasonable regard for the life, safety or property of other persons, hunting during a closed season and hunting during prohibited hours; all violations under the BC Wildlife Act.
Most of the fine will go to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, BC Conservation said.
The man was also ordered to retake the CORE fighter training program. His crossbow was forfeited.
“Unsafe hunting practices, especially after dark in a residential area, can put people at significant risk. The Conservation Officer Service hopes this remarkable punishment will deter others from similar activities,” Conservation said in a press release.
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