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
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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