Hunting Accident File > VIOLATIONS > 2007

MN - Multiple hunting violations

DNR officers are investigating the shooting of a horse in a field at This Old Farm sometime last week.

Lt. Tom Provost, Brainerd DNR district supervisor, said his office was informed Nov. 6 that a horse on the Dale Rademacher property off Highway 18 east of Brainerd had been shot.

Provost said conservation officers recovered a slug from the horse and are working to match it to a firearm that was used in the area during the deer hunting season.

According to the weekly conservation officer reports provided by the DNR:

CO Nikki Shoutz, Pine River, reported enforcement action was taken for shooting deer from a motor vehicle, trespassing, hunting with an invalid license, loaded firearm on an ATV, convicted felon in possession of firearm and hunting over bait.

CO Karl Hadrits, Crosby, reported an individual who was caught three years ago after he shot a deer at night on posted private property was caught again this year doing the same thing in the exact same place. This time a 10-point buck was killed after dark within 150 feet of where the poacher killed a doe at night in the fall of 2004. This time the poacher also shot directly at an occupied residence with a high-powered rifle. Other complaints investigated included shooting from the road, deer shining, trespassing, reckless discharge of firearms and several other violations reported through the Turn In Poachers Program.

CO Jim Tischler, Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, was assisted by the park manager with the investigation into the unlawful taking of a bobcat by a deer hunter in the recreation area. He also responded to several other trespass complaints and informational phone calls.

CO Bob Mlynar, Aitkin, reported a hunter contacted him after seeing someone walking the ditch of a state highway with a gun and no blaze orange clothing. The person was located and found to be over twice the legal limit for alcohol. In a second case, a hunter was found using a pickup box as a portable stand. He thought it was OK to shoot a deer from it as long as the truck wasn't moving. He also assisted a hunter from the woods and swamp after he had become disoriented.

CO Brent Speldrich, McGregor, ventured into the unknown when dealing with five illegal immigrant hunters from Mexico. Upon checking a campsite, officers located a respectable nine-point buck. Upon inspecting the buck, no site tag was located on the animal. After a two-mile walk through the hills and swamps they were able to locate the shooter. The hunter did not have identification on him and offered to return to the camp. He produced a Mexican I.D. and stated that he wasn't a U.S. citizen. His license, firearm and deer were seized. He was found to be hunting on a Minnesota resident firearms deer license. As his fellow hunters returned to camp, they too were found not to be U.S. citizens. Immigration officials were contacted.

CO Chad Sherack, Pequot Lakes, continued follow-up on complaints of trespass, hunting over bait, and shooting at big game from the road right-of-way. He also found several hunting camps left on Sunday with fires still burning and garbage scattered about and a report of a fire that occurred when campers had tarps and tent materials too close to the fire.

CO Randy Posner, Brainerd, reported a number of the violations detected including shooting from a road, uncased loaded guns in motor vehicles, no blaze orange and trespass. Deer carcass dumping complaints also were investigated as were complaints of ATVs operating in the closed Pillsbury Forest.

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