Guide-outfitter to plead guilty

Guide-outfitter to plead guilty

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Hunting guide/outfitter Jim Wiens from Oliver is expected to plead guilty to charges under the Wildlife Act, stemming from offences that occurred more than two years ago. He is shown here with a previous award handed out by the Southern Okanagan Sportsmen’s Association. (File photo)

A popular hunting guide from Oliver is expected to plead guilty soon to charges under the Wildlife Act.

James Darin Wiens, operator of Vaseux Creek Outfitters, was scheduled to plead guilty in Penticton Provincial Court today, but that was adjourned to fix another date for plea and sentencing.

Judge Michelle Daneliuk expressed serious concerns about the case being so old and still unresolved in court. She said more than two years have passed since the offences occurred in Oliver. Yet she granted the Crown and the defence another adjournment to fix a solid date for plea and sentencing before November.

It was reported that both the Crown and the defence are working on a joint statement of facts.

Wiens, who has been guiding big game hunters for years, was charged in May of 2016 with several offences, including hunting with bait, feeding or attempting to feed dangerous wildlife, hunting from a vehicle, failing to accompany a person guided, hunting, taking, trapping, wounding or killing wildlife with poison, and guiding without a permit.

Wiens had also faced one charge of willfully killing, wounding or injuring a horse in May of 2016.

The court previously heard that Wiens was the subject of a lengthy investigation by BC conservation officers prior to the charges being laid.

At that time, it was alleged that Wiens used poison to hunt wolves and baited black bears during a hunt.

It is unclear what charges the hunting guide will plead guilty to.

Wiens is shown here during a guided cougar hunt, a photo from his Vaseux Creek Outfitters website.

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