MN: Hugo man charged with poaching trophy buck
Hugo man charged with poaching trophy buck
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The story and evidence just didn't add up for a Hugo
man who is facing $10,000 in fines and restitution - and loss of his hunting
privileges - for allegedly poaching a 10-point trophy buck in early
After receiving a Turn-In-Poacher call, Minnesota Department of Natural
Resources conservation officer Robert Haberman of Little Falls recovered a
deer from a central Minnesota taxidermist. The deer tag had not been
validated, nor had the deer been registered. The buck scored 146 2/8 inches
under Boone and Crockett, which records trophy animals.
Christopher C. Mogren, 43, said he had legally taken the buck by archery.
However, an inspection of the carcass revealed a clean arrow wound behind
the left shoulder and a large wound on the right shoulder consistent with
firearm trauma. A forensics analysis found multiple metal fragments similar
to those from a bullet fired from a high-powered rifle.
Mogren eventually admitted using a firearm to shoot a "severely injured"
deer that had wandered onto his property. Using a skid loader, he
transported the deer to his home where he later arrowed the deer. He
purchased an archery tag, waited a couple of days, and tried to claim the
deer was taken by archery.
Mogren said a family member subsequently dropped the deer off at the
State conservation officers seized the skid loader, a Remington model 700
rifle with scope, and 21 packages of deer venison. They also collected
photos of Mogren posing with the deer and the arrow used.
Mogren has been charged with a gross misdemeanor for taking big game out
of season ($3,000 fine), taking a big game animal without a license ($1,000
fine), gross misdemeanor transporting an illegally taken big game animal
($3,000 fine), failure to validate a deer tag ($1,000 fine) and failure to
register a big game animal ($1,000 fine). Restitution for a trophy buck is
A trial date has not been set in Washington County. If convicted, Mogren
could also lose his hunting privileges for three years.
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