Keywords: appeal; Wildlife Act – s. 24; Hunter Safety Training Regulations – s. 9(3); Hunting Regulation – s. 3(7); hunting licence.
This was an appeal by James Elliott of the decision of the Deputy Director, cancelling Mr. Elliott’s hunting licence for approximately 9 months and ordering him to successfully complete the Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education program before his hunting privileges could be reinstated. The Deputy Director based his decision on Mr. Elliott being found in violation of section 13(7) of the Hunting Regulation for failing, while returning from hunting, to keep the antlers of the moose available for inspection. Mr. Elliott sought a rescission of the order.
The Board found, on a balance of probabilities, that Mr. Elliott did not possess the antlers of the moose he claimed to have killed and quartered. The Board noted that the need to set an example for general deterrence of this offence was a sufficient and valid reason for revoking the hunting licence. The appeal was dismissed.