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.
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.
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.
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.
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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