Saskatchewan has increased fines for illegal hunting and fishing.

According to the government, the new penalties bring Saskatchewan in line with fines imposed by other jurisdictions. The province had not touched some of the fines in 20 years.

Among the changes: unlawfully hunting from a vehicle is now punished by a $1,000 fine — up from $500.

The fine for fishing during closed times has doubled to $400, plus $50 per fish to a maximum of $2,000.

The government said it hopes to set a strong deterrent to those who abuse its natural resources.