Hunting white-tailed deer during the closed season is costing a Haliburton man. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has fined Bernard Nicholls $4,000 under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. He is also on a two-year probation and has to complete the Ontario Hunter Education Course being buying another hunting license. The MNRF says it also seized his hunting equipment.

Nicholls pleaded guilty to the charge in a Lindsay court last week. The MNRF says the charges stem from an incident in December when conservation officers were in the Horseshoe Lake Road area in Minden. An officer saw a man dressed in full camouflage and bow hunting from a ground blind. The MNRF says it also found he had also been hunting the day before. It says he placed a bait pile, ground blind, and trail camera to hunt deer while being aware hunting season for deer had already closed.

You can report a natural resources violation by calling the MNRF tips line at 1-877- 847-7667  or Crime Stoppers at at 1-800- 222-TIPS (8477).