11/12/2014 11:09 EST | Updated 01/12/2015 05:59 EST

Saskatchewan judge uses fines to chop illegal tree harvesters down to size

PIERCELAND, Sask. - Two men have been fined a total of $5,500 after admitting in a Saskatchewan courtroom to harvesting trees without a permit on public lands.

Patrick and Reagan Racette of Lloydminster recently pleaded guilty to one count each under Saskatchewan's Forest Resources Management Regulations.

Patrick Racette received a $5,000 fine, while Reagan Racette was ordered to pay $500.

Court heard that conservation officers investigated a call to the Turn-In-Poachers line this past June.

They discovered that the men were hauling small spruce trees in the back of their truck in the Pierceland area and were selling them for ornamental purposes.

The pair admitted they didn't have a harvesting permit.