With hunting season in full-swing, the MNR wants the public to be conscious of Conservation Officers in the field.

The Conservation Officer Manager for Hearst, Gilles Desjardins says COs will be out in full-force this season.

He says often hunters don’t realize that firing from a vehicle is illegal, as is having a loaded firearm in one.

According to the MNR, failure to report an offence is subject to harsh fines and possible jail-time.

Desjardins says COs in the field are a resource for hunters and are always available to help.

Under the Highway Traffic Act, CO vehicles are considered emergency vehicles.

Desjardins wants to remind hunters that COs have the authority to stop vehicles.

He says COs will be actively patrolling this season, sharing information and answering any questions hunters may have.