Q: Is an ATV gun boot considered encased when riding back to camp after sunset and does the gun have to be locked in the boot?
Georges Lefebvre, Iroquois Falls
A: As long as the gun is enclosed on all six sides, it would meet the legal requirement for being encased. Of course, the gun would also have to be unloaded. The gun boot does not have to be locked, unless the ATV is being left unattended. Or, if in a remote area, and the gun boot cannot be locked, the gun would have to be out of sight (in the gun boot) and rendered inoperable by a secure locking device. When arriving back at camp, if the gun is being removed from the gun boot, then it needs to be immediately taken indoors for storage or placed in another gun case.
ANSWER BY: David Critchlow, Provincial Enforcement Specialist, NDMNRF
Originally published in the June 2021 issue of Ontario OUT of DOORS magazine. Ask a CO is also a regular feature in the print edition.