Sask. man fined $4K for shooting bull moose, leaving it to rot

A 20-year-old St. Brieux resident entered a guilty plea in Melfort provincial court to several charges under provincial wildlife legislation.

20-year-old pleaded guilty in Melfort provincial court

A man who admitted to illegally shooting a bull moose and leaving it to rot has been fined thousands of dollars and suspended from hunting for three years. (CBC)

A Saskatchewan man who admitted to illegally shooting a bull moose and leaving it to rot has been fined thousands of dollars and suspended from hunting for three years.

Carter Pratchler, a 20-year-old St. Brieux resident, entered a guilty plea in Melfort provincial court to several charges under provincial wildlife legislation.

Court heard that in January of this year, conservation officers got word about a moose that had been shot about three kilometres north of St. Brieux.

They later determined the animal had been killed before sunrise.

Information weeks later from a tip line led to Pratchler being charged with hunting out of season, waste of game and discharging a firearm from a road at night for the purpose of hunting.

He was fined $4,680 after admitting to shooting the moose in the early morning hours with the use of his vehicle's headlights and leaving it to waste.