Duck poacher forfeits gear and vehicle, fined $2,000, receives hunting suspension

GANDER, N.L. -- August 31, 2011 -- Barry L. Stokes, of Cape Freels, was sentenced today in Provincial Court in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, for hunting violations under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994. 

Mr. Stokes received a $1,000 fine, under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, for hunting Eider ducks, which are migratory game birds, during closed season. He was also fined $1,000 for using lead shot to hunt migratory game birds.

In addition, Mr. Stokes received a two-year suspension from hunting migratory birds.

He was also ordered to forfeit a firearm, ammunition, and an all-terrain vehicle, an estimated total value of $9,000, to the Crown.

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