Oliver hunting guide facing charges

Oliver hunting guide facing charges

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Guide/outfitter Jim Wiens from Oliver is facing several charges under the Wildlife Act. He is scheduled to stand trial this summer. (File photo)

A well-known hunting guide from Oliver is facing several charges under the Wildlife Act.

James Darin Wiens, operator of Vaseux Creek Outfitters, is scheduled to stand trial this summer in the Penticton courthouse.

After a lengthy investigation, the BC Conservation Officer Service alleges that Wiens committed several offences in 2015 and 2016 while working as a guide in the Oliver area.

Wiens has been accused of shooting from a vehicle, hunting black bears with bait, using poison to hunt wolf, failing to accompany a big game hunter, and acting as a guide in a park without a permit. Another charge alleges that Wiens maimed, injured or killed a horse in 2016.

None of these alleged violations have been proven in a court of law.

Vaseux Creek Outfitters, a second- generation hunting business, has been in operation since 1973.

It offers hunts for bighorn sheep, moose, elk, cougar, deer, wolves and black bear.

 

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