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Yorkton hunters fined, suspended for hunting high with loaded gun in vehicle
Two Yorkton men have pleaded guilty to wildlife charges of hunting under the influence of marijuana.
During a patrol in September, conservation officers from Duck Mountain discovered two men in a vehicle parked on Wildlife Development Fund lands near Calder. The lands were posted “as foot access only”.
When officers approached the vehicle, they smelled a strong odour of burning marijuana. After conducting a hunter compliance check, the officers located an unspecified amount of marijuana and a loaded gun inside the vehicle.
Timothy Eashappie, 37 and Colby Banhardt-Peepeetch, 20, were charged with hunting under the influence of a narcotic and being in possession of marijuana.
Eashappie was also charged with driving with a suspended license and operating a vehicle on wildlife lands. He faces a total of $1,250 in fines.
Barnhardt-Peepeetch was also charged with having a loaded gun in the vehicle and fined a total of $1,480 for the violations.
Both men were also handed two year hunting suspensions.