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MN: Law Enforcement Reports

November 25, 2013

From ElyEcho.com

Conservation Officer weekly report for 11-25-2013
 
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports the 2013 firearms deer season came to a close with people making the same bad decisions as they started the season. Enforcement action was taken for transporting loaded firearm, discharge firearm from road right of way, trespass, and failure to validate site tag.
 
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) spent the week working deer hunting and the season's almost daily complaint of shooting deer from the road. One hunter's deer was seized and he racked up violations of no license in possession, shoot deer from the road, untagged deer, no lottery deer permit, unregistered deer, possess loaded firearm in a state park and transport illegally taken big game animal. Three hours later, in the same location, a hunter with no blaze orange and no deer license was trying to take a deer from the road. Another road hunting case was followed up on with additional violations discovered. Another case of shooting after hours, hunting over bait, untagged deer and transport illegally taken big game animal was encountered with charges to follow.
 
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) prepared and turned in reports to court for citations issued for big game violations. The primary violation and complaint during the final weekend of the deer season was road hunters and shooting from the roadway.
 
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) Hunter numbers were low along with few deer taken.
Some were desperate and shot from the road, some took does without antlerless permits, and some had unfilled tags. Fredin also took care of a trespass complaint of individuals entering private land.
 
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports violations included no license in possession, illegal party hunting, and taking big game without blaze orange.
 
CO Marty Stage (Ely) reported calls continue to come in about bait that hunters are finding in the field and it just seems that the word isn't getting out or that people don't ever expect to get caught. The penalty is high and it is often a very emotional event when a violator loses a firearm, but there seems to be no slow down with the illegal baiting violations.
 
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) followed up on baiting complaints.
 
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) Enforcement action for the week included unlawful party hunting of deer, possession of a car killed deer without a permit, unattended fire, and no fishing license in possession.
 
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) responded to an incidental trapped lynx in the Finland area and was able to release it without harm to either the lynx or the officer.
 
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) followed up on TIP complaints in the area. Fond Du Lac Conservation Officers assisted with an investigation of a state hunter that shot three bucks over bait and used tribal licenses to tag the deer. Shooting from the roadway complaints continued throughout the season and the investigations that ensued were productive.
 
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) A couple poaching cases dealt with involved complete disregard for Minnesota hunting laws and safety of others. One individual was caught bow hunting without a deer license on someone else's land and while wearing no blaze orange. Another incident included a road hunter that shot and killed a deer he saw standing out in a farmer's corn field. The road hunter stopped his vehicle on the county road, took aim through the driver's door window and took the shot while still seated in his vehicle.

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