MN: Hunting violations
October 20, 2010
DNR weekly report
Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending Oct. 11, 2010.
COs Jeff Birchem (Baudette) and Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls)
dealt with a hunting group that had created their own private and illegal
campsite in the Beltrami Island State Forest by mowing trails and leaving
their camper unattended for an extended amount of time.
At least three black bears were killed and let go to waste by someone who
set illegal snares on trails leading to a cornfield, CO Keith Backer (Blackduck)
reported. An investigation is ongoing.
Four young duck hunters were contacted by CO Chris Vinton (Perham) after
they shot at a young loon in flight and a grebe on the water. The hunters
had an unplugged shotgun, unsigned waterfowl stamps, possessed lead shot and
had no PFDs in the boats.
During one contact with a group of grouse hunters in northeast Minnesota,
two conservation officers found themselves looking down the barrels of two
loaded shotguns, due to the very poor firearms safety practices and handling
of the hunters. The offenders were immediately admonished for the error.
In the east Metro, CO Alex Gutierrez followed up on several TIP calls
about archery deer hunters who were trespassing. Some were unfounded, but
one hunter was located in his tree stand, on private property, where he had
been told to stay off.
In southeastern Minnesota, CO Tom Hemker was checking out a deer
complaint, but instead found a landowner tending his marijuana plants. .
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