Manitoba Natural Resources and Northern Development reports between July 1st to December 16th conservation officers conducted 131 night patrols designed and coordinated to stop illegal night hunting activities 36 of which utilized aircraft. They apprehended 11 separate night hunting parties, charged 24 individuals for night lighting and seized 11 vehicles. They charged 17 individuals with hunting within a moose conservation closure area, 37 with loading a firearm in a vehicle or discharging a firearm from a vehicle, seized 64 firearms, executed five search warrants, conducted 11 fish and wildlife checkstops and conducted 45 decoy operations. They also seized 36 illegally harvested big game animals including 24 deer, five moose, six elk and one wolf.
Anyone with information on illegal activity can call the Turn in Poachers line at 1-800-782-0076.