Two hunters have been fined a total of $1,700 over what Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is calling an illegal goose hunt.

In September, conservation officers were dispatched after gunshots were heard along the Maitland River in the Harriston area.

Two hunters were found in the area. According to the ministry, one of the men denied that they had any Canada geese with them, even though there were seven dead geese in their bag.

The other man was not licensed to hunt in Ontario.

A Guelph man has been fined $1,200 for two offences related to hunting without proper licences, while a Listowel man has been fined $500 for making a false or misleading statement to a conservation officer.