The Ontario government is protecting the public and species against unsafe and illegal hunting practices.

Kuzman Prtenjaca of London pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for careless hunting, $1,000 for hunting turkey during the closed season and $500 for trespassing for the purpose of hunting. In addition to the fines, he was suspended from hunting in Ontario for one year and must re-take the Ontario Hunter Education Program before applying for a hunting licence.

Stipan Prtenjaca of London pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for hunting turkey during the closed season and $500 for trespassing for the purpose of hunting. He was also suspended from hunting in Ontario for one year.

Kuzman Bobanovic of London pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for hunting turkey during the closed season and $500 for trespassing for the purpose of hunting. In addition to the fines, he was suspended from hunting in Ontario for one year.

Court heard that a witness contacted a conservation officer and reported that on February 25, 2021, a van with three male occupants was observed driving in the area of Plain Road in Southwold Township. A flock of turkeys was in a field up ahead of the van. The witness observed the van driven by Bobanovic, stop in the middle of the road adjacent to the flock of turkeys. Both Stipan and Kuzman Prtenjaca got out of the van; Kuzman Prtenjaca fired two shots and killed two turkeys. Stipan Prtenjaca ran into the field, retrieved the turkeys and the van left. Two hours later the van returned to the same location. There were no more turkeys in the field, the van turned around and left.

A search warrant for the van was obtained by conservation officers and they took statements from the three men who admitted to the violations.

Justice of the Peace Abdul A. Chahbar heard the case for one of the people charged in the Ontario Court of Justice, St. Thomas, on October 7, 2021. Justice of the Peace Kathy-Lou Johnson heard the case for the other two in the Ontario Court of Justice, St. Thomas, on December 9, 2021.

Conservation officers remind everyone that by respecting seasons, sanctuaries, bag and possession limits, we all help ensure our natural resources stay healthy. To report a natural resource problem or provide information about an unsolved case, members of the public can call the ministry TIPS line toll free at 1-877-847-7667. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS. For more information about unsolved cases, please visit ontario.ca/mnrftips.