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BC man receives $5K fine and hunting ban for shooting decoy deer while pit-lamping

After three-and-a-half years, a Hudson’s Hope man has received his punishment for pit-lamping.

He’s been fined $5,000 and received a five-year hunting ban for his actions.

“Pit-lamping is the common term to refer to the nighttime shooting of wildlife, such as deer, while they are blinded by vehicle headlights or a spotlight,” explains the BC Conservation Officer Service (BCCOS).

A Hudson’s Hope man received a $5,000 fine and a 5-year hunting ban after shooting a decoy deer while pit-lamping. The...

Posted by Conservation Officer Service on Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The incident happened in the Hudson’s Hope area in November 2017, where the BCCOS had launched a nighttime decoy operation due to increased night hunting in the area.

Conservation officers set up a decoy deer and the bait worked, as the man fired shots from a truck that hit the decoy.

An investigation ensued, where forensic testing was used to match ballistics evidence left behind and the truck that the shots were fired from was seized.

The man was eventually charged with hunting wildlife with the use of a light.

In addition to being an illegal way to hunt, the BCCOS says that using a firearm in the dark is inherently dangerous and hopes this sentence will deter others from doing the same.

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