November 28, 2015

From WalkerMN.com

DNR WEEKLY REPORT

Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending Nov. 23, 2015. The complete report is available here.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) responded to a call from Bemidji Police about an individual who was shooting deer with a bow after hours, near a pile of corn. The deer and bow were seized and charges are pending.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) worked on investigations and complaints including a felon in possession of a firearm, and using bonus tags in a hunter’s choice area. He also responded to a complaint of a whitefish net obstructing the ingress/egress to a public access. While investigating the complaint, contact was made with the complainant who was fishing on the lake. He was found to have an illegal length northern. Enforcement action was taken, although the angler claimed he wasn’t aware of the special regulation — despite having parked just a few feet from the bright yellow sign explaining it at the access.

CO Duke Broughten reports several calls of road hunters, trespassing and deer shot from the roadway.

CO Chad Thesing and other COs took a call of a bald eagle caught in a snare trap. With help from Lac La Parle Wildlife Management, the eagle was released and has a good prognosis for recovery.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) wrapped up a month-long investigation involving an adult and juvenile who used their vehicle to chase down deer on hayfields at night and run them over The suspects were involved with killing at least three deer and attempting to kill others at several locations in Morrison County. Charges involve both gross and misdemeanor violations.

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