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MN: Man Facing 17 Charges for Alleged Hunting Violations

October 7, 2010

Man Facing 17 Charges for Alleged Hunting Violations

Olivia, Minn - A 33-year-old man pleaded not-guilty Monday to 17 charges after authorities said he broke several hunting laws.

"It was a big investigation that garnered a lot of charges," , Assistant County Attorney Laurence Stratton said. "(He was) hunting at the wrong type of day, hunting at the wrong season, hunting with the wrong type of firearm he used other's licenses."

According to court documents, Chuck Lee Baumgarnter allegedly shot four deer with his cross bow after blinding them with a spot light at night and outside of deer season. He also allegedly used his friends hunting licenses to cover his tracks.

Baumgartner said he's innocent and his friends were borrowing his crossbow and were responsible for the shootings.

"Really I didn't (expect this because) I didn't do the crime, Baumgartner said. "Now I'm facing the charges."

Baumgartner could face up to a year in jail and a 3,000 fine. He would also likely have to forfeit his hunting gear and privileges for several years.

Stratton warns others that perpetrators will be caught.

"The conservation officers are out there and they're taking note of what people are doing and obviously you can have some severe consequences for not doing the right thing," Stratton said.

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