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NHL's Clayton Stoner Banned from Hunting for 3 Years ... For Illegally Killing Grizzly

1/28/2016 9:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0128-main-stoner-01Anaheim Ducks player Clayton Stoner has pled guilty to hunting without a license when he killed a grizzly bear in British Columbia in 2013 ... and has been banned from hunting for 3 years. 

Stoner was originally accused of making false statements to wildlife officials in order to scam his way into getting a license ... though he denied ever lying. 

The issue at hand ... hunting licenses are only given to people who spend at least 6 months out of the year in British Columbia. Stoner says he mistakenly believed he qualified. 

The judge bought Stoner's story. In the end, 4 charges were dropped -- including knowingly making a false statement to obtain a hunting license, hunting out of season and unlawfully possessing dead wildlife. 

Stoner was fined $10,000 in addition to the 3 year ban. 

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