November 22, 2013

From WalkerMN.com

DNR Conservation Officer Report for the week ending Nov. 18, 2013

In the Baudette area, CO Ben Huener (Roseau) assisted in a search for a lost hunter in the Lost River State Forest north of Salol. CO Robert Gorecki handled numerous complaints ranging from hunters shooting does without a permit to hunters who were intoxicated. One was found to be intoxicated at 11 a.m.; he faces charges and his firearm was seized.

A frustrated hunter in the Bemidji area shot two swans with a deer rifle off the road between Rock and Rice lakes. Callers may contact the TIP line at (800) 652-9093. All information will be confidential and may be eligible for a reward.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) and other COs, local police, deputies and a state trooper were involved in an incident of deer shining, shooting from a motor vehicle, fleeing in a motor vehicle, fleeing on foot, transporting loaded firearms and shooting from the road. The suspects were arrested and three deer, firearms and a motor vehicle were seized.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) took four complaints of hunters shooting from a road or motor vehicle at deer. One road hunter was caught by the landowner, shooting a deer on a hayfield, from the road. The hunter had already gutted the deer in the field and dragged it to his car. When Sommers arrived, he found the hunter had a loaded handgun in the car. The hunter didn’t feel he was trespassing, as the land was not posted. Sommers explained that ag land does not have to be posted. The deer was seized and enforcement action was taken.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) reports that a car that was parked under a power line ended up getting shot.

A Mille Lacs area trespass complaint involved a hunter who shot a deer right in front of a house where the owner was home. He never got the deer but ended up with a citation. Another man hunting with him was cited for not wearing blaze orange; he was wearing brown Carhartts.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) received a call to assist a hunter with retrieving a buck that had run onto private property. While checking registration, Kuske found the hunter had already take a buck during the archery season. The man’s response was, “Oh, I forgot about that one.” The deer was seized and a citation issued.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) and the Tracy Fire and Ambulance Squad responded to a hunting accident where a bow hunter fell from his portable deer stand and sustained a possible back injury.

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