Three Whitehorse men pleaded guilty to poaching caribou when they appeared in Yukon Territorial Court on April 13.
The men had maintained their innocence when charges were first laid in 2010.
But they changed their tune once their trail got underway.
After conservation officers presented damning evidence – photos from their 2007 hunting trip that had been posted to an online hunting forum.
Conservation officers later returned to the location, at Mink Creek near Ross River, and took more photos to prove the hunting occurred in a permit-only area, at a time when the men had no permit, said Kris Gustafson, Environment Yukon’s manager of enforcement.
The men have been banned from hunting for at least five years. They also had to forfeit two six-by-six ATVs and a rifle and scope.