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 didnít 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.
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.
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 manís response was, ďOh, I forgot about that
one.Ē The deer was seized and a citation issued.
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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