January 03, 2014 - 1:22 PM
PENTICTON - A new hunter was fined $1,495 for illegally killing a female bighorn sheep and a deer last year.
Conservation officer Bob Hamilton said the man, 51, was seen shooting the ewe on Dec. 6 near Saiken Drive just outside of Penticton city limits. A witness used binoculars to track the hunter back to his door and was able to direct Hamilton to the scene.
Hamilton said the hunter, who had skinned and removed the meat, was very regretful for what he had done. Maximum allowable fines can go as high as $100,000 but that's the ceiling. Through this event the officer also found the hunter shot and killed an extra mule deer, one over his allowable limit. The ewe and deer meat were donated to the Salvation Army food bank program.
The officer said the hunter completed registration but he expects the hunter to take the hunting course again. There is a hunting season for big horn sheep but only for rams. The right to shoot and kill the animals is decided through a draw process.
Hamilton said it's quite easy to differentiate between males and females as the ewes have much smaller horns.
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