Sask. Man Kills 12 Deer Because They Were Damaging Trees and Shrubs

After killing a dozen white-tailed deer, Ivan L. Beuker, aged 67 of Star City, has plead guilty to several wildlife offences.

On January 7th, 2021, Ministry of Environment conservation officers in Melfort received a report of a dead deer found on the laneway of a rural property west of Star City. Officers investigated and discovered 10 dead white-tailed deer on the property. The owner then admitted he had shot multiple deer between January 1st and January 6th, 2021.

His reasoning for shooting the deer was that they were causing damage to trees and shrubs on an adjacent property. The deer had all been shot at night when they came to feed.

On January 10th, 2021, officers responded to a second call in the same area and located two more dead white-tailed deer. The investigation confirmed that all had died of gunshot trauma.

Ivan L. Beuker, 67, was fined $15,000 after pleading guilty to a number of Wildlife Act offences including illegal hunting, waste of edible game, hunting within 500 metres of occupied buildings and night hunting.

The court also imposed a three-year hunting suspension.

Beuker entered his plea in Melfort Provincial Court, and the ministry said prior to killing the deer, the Star City man never reported that he was having an issue with the animals.

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