Three Vancouver Island men are facing fines for poaching and buying illegal deer meat.

The trio, aged 74, 58 and 47 were sentenced in a Duncan courtroom this week.

The case involved a sting operation by the Conservation Officer Service that began after a man approached a retired RCMP officer of First Nations descent in the Walmart parking lot in 2014.

The 74-year-old man, who had purchased the poached meat along with a 47-year-old man, each pled guilty to two counts of trafficking in wildlife.

The pair were fined the minimum of around 5,500 dollars.

The 58-year-old man, who was selling the poached meat, was fined 2,500 dollars and sentenced to two years of probation.