A Pinehouse Lake area outfitter and a First Nation guide from Battleford have been fined after an investigation into illegal outfitting activity.

A September 2016 investigation into suspected illegal outfitting activities in the Pinehouse Lake area resulted in an arrest and charges against an outfitter and guide, who were working with five American clients.

The accused appeared in North Battleford provincial court on February 1, 2017. The two men pleading guilty to several charges and fined a total of $5,790.

Outfitter Brett Mitchell, age 49, of Battleford, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting a client to hunt without a licence, aiding and abetting a client to hunt big game with a projectile of .23 calibre or less, contravening the terms and conditions of an outfitter licence by providing game bird hunting, and providing false or misleading information.  Mitchell was fined $4,110 and received a one year hunting suspension.

Guide Kelly Natomagan, age 46, of Pinehouse, pleaded guilty to unlawfully providing a guiding service for game bird hunting, aiding and abetting a client to fish with a Treaty Indian fishing for food, and obstructing a Peace Officer.  Natomagan was fined a total of $1,680.

Ministry of Environment conservation officers led the investigation, with the assistance of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The agencies collected statements and evidence from previous clients, leading to additional charges being laid under The Wildlife Act, The Fisheries Act, and The Outfitter and Guide Regulations.

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