Yorkton, Sask. men fined, suspended for hunting under the influence

Two Yorkton, Sask., men have been fined and handed suspensions for hunting while under the influence of marijuana.

Saskatchewan conservation officers said the men were found in a vehicle parked on Wildlife Development Funds lands near Calder, Sask., in September 2018.

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Signs in the area state the lands are “foot access only.”

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Officers said there was a strong smell of burning marijuana when they approached the vehicle.

An unspecified amount of marijuana and a loaded firearm were found in the vehicle during a hunter compliance check, Environment Ministry officials said.

Timothy Eashappie, 37, and Colby Barnhardt-Peepeetch, 20, were charged with hunting under the influence of a narcotic and possession of marijuana.

Both pleaded guilty recently in Yorkton provincial court.

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Eashappie was also charged with driving with a suspended licence and operating a vehicle on wildlife lands. He was fined a total of $1,250.

Barnhardt-Peepeetch was also charged with having a loaded firearm in a vehicle and fined a total of $1,480.

They also received two-year hunting suspensions.

Officials said hunting under the influence of alcohol or narcotics is not only illegal, but extremely dangerous.