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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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