Fri. Jan 14th, 2022

Abraham John Norman Dougan is proud of his ability to hunt big game in BC

On YouTube, videos show many large BC animals taken by his guide-outfitting clients, including one called the “Trophy Gallery.”

However, he ran into trouble when his company killed Dall sheep in the Yukon in 1999 while holding a BC hunting license.

That prompted the BC government to suspend his license for two years in 2018.

On November 25, a BC Supreme Court Justice Robert Punnett rejected Dougan’s request for judicial review to have that decision overturned.

Dougan claimed that the Environmental Complaints Board made 18 errors in maintaining the license suspension. He claimed that the provincial body was involved in “abuse of process” by duplicating the cases of the provincial court and through the length of time between his offense and the punishment.

The attorney for the deputy director of the wildlife and habitat department narrowed these 18 grounds to five areas. In each case, Punnett stood with the respondents, which included the Ministry of Forestry, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development, the Minister and the Environmental Appeals Board.

Back in 2014, Dougan pleaded guilty to charges of hunting with aircraft and spilling meat under the Yukon Wildlife Act for the 1999 hunting expedition. This fined Dougan $ 15,000 and he was banned from hunting in the Yukon for 20 years.

The following year, he was convicted of four counts after being charged with 12 offenses under the BC Wildlife Act and the Wild Animal & Plant Protection & Regulation of International and Inter-Provincial Trade Act. But then the judge adjourned all the charges against Dougan because of the Crown’s lawyer’s delays in bringing the case forward.

Eighteen years after the Yukon Hunting Expedition, the province informed him in 2017 that his hunting privileges could be revoked.

That same year, Dougan recounted Vancouver Sun. that his business had suffered enormously due to the media coverage of his legal problems.

Video of Hunting with Big Boar Outfitters

Video: Abe Dougan’s company, Big Boar Outfitters, posted this video in 2009 showing happy customers who had shot huge bears in BC.

In 2017, the NDP government banned the trophy hunt for grizzly bears in BC.



By Victor

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