Illegal Salmon Netting and Other Convictions in NL


Hunting at night, other offences lead to convictions against 3 N.L. men
One man was caught illegally netting salmon twice in one day

By Maggie Gillis, CBC News Posted: Sep 19, 2016 2:20 PM NT

Three men in central Newfoundland have been fined for various hunting and fishing offences, which include illegal netting of salmon and hunting moose in the dark with a flashlight.

Jamie Gibbons of Lumsden was caught illegally netting salmon twice in one day, on July 7, 2015.

He was convicted in court in Gander on Sept. 9 of illegal possession of salmon and illegally netting salmon.

Gibbons was fined $6,000 and prohibited from being near inland waters for three years. He also had to forfeit a 2007 Honda ATV, a net, 37 salmon and seven rounds of ammunition.

In another case, wildlife officers on patrol on Sept. 12, 2015 encountered two men who had shot and killed an adult bull moose in the dark.

Jeffrey Ackerman of Wareham was convicted on Aug. 25 of hunting big game at night with the use of an artificial light, and was fined $1,000.

A rifle, ammunition and four quarters of moose were seized. Ackerman is not allowed to apply for a big game license for five years.

And on Aug. 10, Jason Petten of Coley's Point pleaded guilty to possession of untagged moose in provincial court in Grand Falls-Windsor and was fined $1,000, plus a $300 victim surcharge.

Petten also had to forfeit the moose, a rifle, and a cash bond of $9,700 which was posted for a six-wheel Argo that was seized during the investigation. He is prohibited from hunting big game for five years.