Hunter shot to death near Powerview
- Hunter shot to death near Powerview
By: Kevin Rollason
7/01/2010 6:00 PM
Four children have been left without a father after a Sagkeeng First Nation man died when he was shot while hunting in darkness early Thursday.
Jason Guimond, 35, was hunting on Crown land near Happy Lake Road about 45 kilometres north of Powerview when he was fatally shot at about 2:30 a.m.
RCMP continue to investigate the shooting, but Guimond's mother, Leona Bacon, said she has been told her son was shot by one of the members of the hunting party.
"His best friend did that," Bacon said.
"I always told him to be careful in the bush."
Bacon said she last spoke with her son by telephone on Christmas.
"He said he loved me - he always told me 'I love you'."
Bacon said her son's four children are all 17 years of age and under.
She said her son also has one grandchild.
Guimond is also survived by his wife, Carmen, four stepchildren, two brothers and a sister.
RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Line Karpish said officers are investigating the shooting, but not the hunting in the middle of the night on Crown land.
"This is a situation where the hunting, despite the time of day, was legal," Karpish said.
"A First Nations hunter can hunt any time they want. It's one of their hunting rights."
But Karpish said those rights don't include the careless shooting.
"No matter what the treaty rights, you have to remember, everybody is accountable when you fire a firearm," she said.
"They need to know what they're shooting at."
Rob Dean, Manitoba Conservation's assistant director of the regional operations division, said what's legal for aboriginal hunters would be illegal for regulated licenced hunters in the province.
"You can hunt a half hour before sunrise and a half hour after sunset," Dean said.
"At other times, it is too dark."
Dean said during daylight hours "there's enough light to determine what your target is.
"Mistakes can happen and this shows what can happen."
Karpish said the area residents were hunting on unorganized territory designated Crown land near Happy Lake Road when the shooting occurred.
Powerview detachment and RCMP Winnipeg Forensic Identification Services are investigating. An autopsy is being scheduled at the Health Sciences Centre.
Bacon, who lives in Pine Falls, said her son loved hunting and fishing.
"He would go out hunting with his uncle Gabe and his other uncle Dennis," she said.
"He went hunting to feed his family and to feed the reserve. He loved fishing in the summer. He was an outdoor person."
But Bacon said her son was also an artist and had works on display at the reserve.
"He has murals at the Sagkeeng High School and he did a house mural with an eagle."
Sagkeeng Chief Donovan Fontaine said he knew Guimond, who did seasonal work on the reserve.
"He was a nice man," Fontaine said.
"He was a family man. This is just a tragic hunting accident - that's all we know.
"He'll be really missed by this community."
Fontaine said RCMP haven't shared any details of their investigation with him yet.
Sagkeeng, with a population of more than 5,000, is located about 145 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg. Powerview and Pine Falls are communities next to Sagkeeng.
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