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TIP call leads to hunting violations

Posted on Sun, Dec. 04, 2005

Warren, Minn., man pays fines for shooting from road, possessing overlimit of bucks

By Brad Dokken

Herald Staff Writer

A Warren, Minn., man has paid more than $500 in fines for two hunting violations that occurred during the recent firearms deer season.

Brock Damon Newland was fined $182 for shooting a deer from the roadway and $382 for possessing two bucks - one more than he legally could take. Newland paid the fines last week, a spokeswoman for the Polk County court administrator's office said.

According to Pat Znajda, conservation officer for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Stephen, Minn., the charges resulted from a Nov. 11 Turn In Poachers call, complaining that Newland had shot a deer from a roadway in Polk County about 10 miles southeast of Warren.

Shooting from a roadway is illegal in Minnesota.

Znajda and DNR conservation officer Jeremy Woinarowicz responded to the complaint and found Newland in his yard with the deer, a whitetail buck with a rack of about 8 points. Newland also admitted to shooting a smaller buck, which the officers found in the basement, Znajda said. The smaller buck hadn't been tagged.

Znajda said he then charged Newland with shooting from the roadway at big game and possessing bucks over the limit. The officers seized the two bucks, Znajda said, along with Newland's rifle.

According to Znajda, the two charges that resulted from a single complaint illustrate the importance of reporting suspected violations to the TIP line. Callers remain anonymous and are eligible for cash rewards when tips lead to convictions.

"If they wouldn't have made the initial call, we never would have had the overlimit on the deer," Znajda said.

To report violations:

In Minnesota, call the TIP line at (800) 652-9093.

In North Dakota, call Report All Poaching at (800) 472-2121.

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