Hunting imposter: Saskatchewan man fined for using another person's tag

KAMSACK, Sask. — A Saskatchewan man has been fined and banned from taking game for using another person's hunting tags.

Gerald Freese, who is 58, recently pleaded guilty in a Kamsack, Sask., courtroom to wildlife violations and was fined $3,300 and suspended from hunting for three years.

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The Environment Ministry says conservation officers inspecting a butcher shop last October found a discrepancy with an elk that had been brought in for butchering.

They determined that the elk had been shot on Sept. 2 and a hunting licence purchased that same day.

The investigation found that the person who purchased the licence did not shoot the elk, but had been asked by another hunter to buy a tag for the animal.

Freese was convicted with unlawful possession of wildlife, using another person's licence and failing to attach a seal to big game.

The individual who purchased the licence was also charged, but those charges were dropped by the Crown after Freese agreed to plead guilty.

Freese was convicted in 2007 for unlawfully hunting elk, as well as in 2017 for unlawfully hunting a bull moose.

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