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Community service for hunting gophers without a licence

Score one for the gophers.

A man who went hunting for the rodents with a rifle he didn’t have a licence for will have to do 25 hours community service work.

In Brandon court on Monday, Jeffrey Michael Barker pleaded guilty to possessing a gun without a licence and was given a one-year conditional discharge with the community service hours.

On the evening of July 29, a resident in the RM of Glenwood called RCMP to complain of shots fired, Crown attorney Grant Hughes said.

The resident had correctly identified the five shots he heard as coming from a .22-calibre gun, and confronted a number of males at a pickup truck parked nearby.

They denied having a gun and drove off, but not before the resident noted the truck’s licence plate number.

Mounties found the truck parked in front of a Souris restaurant later that evening and confronted two males as they approached it.

They denied involvement, at first, but then Barker admitted that he and a friend had been out shooting gophers. The .22-calibre rifle they’d used was lying on the back seat of his truck.

Barker had taken the rifle from his roommate’s safe using its key.

The roommate was away, but aware Barker was going to take the gun.

Judge Donovan Dvorak imposed the conditional discharge and declared the gun forfeit.

» Brandon Sun

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 26, 2014

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Where do you get a license to shoot gophers? Do you not just need the land owner's permission.

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