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Msg 1 Posted: 02:53 PM 12/13/06 (CST)
Minnesota conservation officer tales - December 2006 |
Conservation Officer (CO) Dan Malinowski (Fosston) responded to
violations including litter (the driver didn't know the empty cup landed
on the road when he threw it out the window and placed a full cup in the
holder), burning prohibited materials (the fireman stated a citation was
not necessary, the embarrassment of being caught was enough), and
transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle (the violator stated it
was more dangerous to uncase, load, and shoot in a hurry than to have
the gun already loaded).
ONE UNUSUAL DEER
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) received a call about an unusual deer that had
been taken. The deer had one short antler and both male and female sex
STARING DOWN THE END OF A GUN
CO Lloyd Steen (Ray) reported while observing with his binoculars a
hunter in his stand, the hunter pointed his loaded 30-06 at the officer
to identify him through his scope. The hunter was cited for dangerous
handling of a firearm.
LUCKY TO BE ALIVE
CO Dan Starr (Tower) assisted with a boat that had overturned in the
icy waters of Lake Vermilion. Three deer hunters had set out at night
with a boat full of camping gear, guns and a portable stand. The boat
took on water and flipped; luckily the three occupants were wearing life
jackets and made it to a remote shore. Enforcement action was taken for
over-capacity on a 12-foot boat.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) received a call of someone possibly shooting a
deer from a roadway along a golf course and then harvesting the deer on
the 14th tee.
A MEMORABLE FIRST DEER STORY
While driving on a heavily brushed and bumpy road, CO Marty Stage
(Babbitt) passed a parked truck and felt bad about possibly scaring any
deer away on such a calm quiet morning. As Stage headed into the woods
to contact a deer baiter, a loud shot rang out very close by. Stage
ducked down and continued on. Later when he was leaving the woods he saw
the truck and went to apologize for driving by on opening morning. To
his surprise, they were very happy about it because the truck's noise
had run a nice buck right to a young hunter. Now there's a memorable
first deer story!
HOW HE CAME ABOUT THAT UNIQUE RIFLE
CO Brian Buria from Bigfork checked a man with a very old and unique
looking 8mm, short-barreled rifle. When asked how long he had been
hunting with it, the 80-year-old Minnesota resident said, "Ever since I
took it from a German paratrooper in WW II."
TAKING A SHOT THROUGH A CHAIN LINK FENCE NEAR A PLAYGROUND
CO Sam Hunter (Grand Rapids) responded to a call of a hunter who shot a
deer from the road, through a chain link fence. The deer was standing on
the infield of a baseball diamond near a playground.
THE OFFICER DIDN'T DO IT
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) had a very upset hunter call him on the
firearm deer opener demanding the state buy him a new deer stand.
Apparently someone took his stand out of the tree and destroyed it, then
left a note stating that it was illegal to hunt over bait and that he
would be fined if caught. The note also had the officer's name and phone
number left on it! After calming the hunter down, he realized Staples
had nothing to do with the destruction of his stand. The incident is
still under investigation.
DEER RESCUED FROM BOATLIFT
The day prior to season opener CO Cary Shoutz (Crosslake) was called to
rescue an 8-point buck that had its antlers hung up in a rope hanging
from a boatlift. Shoutz was able to cut the rope and free the buck
although the rope had spooled tightly around the bucks rack, sounding
like a turbine as it unwound when the deer ran away.
JUST A ROUTINE PATROL
During routine patrol on state wildlife management areas, CO Brent
Speldrich (McGregor) encountered a man brandishing a pistol, hunters
leaving property on WMA units, hunters hunting over bait (six hunters
cited, six weapons seized, six deer feeders seized), and illegal ATV
operation on county park lands.
CO Dan Perron (Onamia) worked with DNR aircraft on a baiting case and
caught a hunter just 20 yards away from a pile of corn. The hunter told
Perron that he wasn't going to shoot any deer in that direction because
he was facing the other way. He also had a hunter enter private property
and shoot a deer decoy twice. The hunter said they saw the deer and just
thought he would take a shot at it. Both violations resulted in fines
and loss of firearms.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) reports a hunter lined up two deer and killed
them with one shot! Quite an act of marksmanship, except Kuske found the
shooter had literally dropped them on a bait pile. Also, numerous
untagged deer were found in camps, residences, farms and vehicles. One
hunter said, "When did they start making us tag deer?"
DOING THE RIGHT THING
CO Brett Oberg (Maplewood) assisted with a hunter harassment call where
an individual was banging garbage cans to scare away deer from nearby
hunters. The hunters involved did the right thing by calling the local
conservation officer instead of confronting the individual.
FIREARM AND 600 POUNDS OF CORN SEIZED
CO Travis Muyres (Ham Lake) worked Anoka County during the firearms
deer season opener with one individual cited for hunting deer over bait.
His firearm as well as a receipt for 600 pounds of corn was seized.
MYSTERY LIQUID IDENTIFIED
CO Matt Loftness (Redwood Falls) investigated a hunter harassment case
where a yellow liquid was dumped on a vehicle in a Wildlife Management
Area. Originally thought to be doe urine scent, the liquid was actually
A HOPEFULLY UNCOMMON FATHER/SON HUNTING TEAM
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) investigated a father/son hunting team
reportedly chased a deer in a bean field and shooting the buck from the
truck. The father said he shot the deer with a .20 gauge smooth bore
shotgun from an adjacent cornfield that was about 200 yards away, which
he said that were not uncommon shots for him to make!
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) reported seeing the largest number of hunters
in the field for the firearms deer opener in 10 years or so.
I GOT YOUR PICTURE
Officer Pat Znajda (Karlstad) reports a man who shot a nice buck over
bait even posed with the deer while another hunter took his picture. The
man must have thought it wasn't the best idea to have his picture taken
and left the deer behind. Officer Znajda obtained the picture and the
deer was confiscated. The man was later found and charged with hunting
over a baited area.
A DOE SPORTING A 10- POINT RACK
Officer Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) was fortunate enough to
see one uncommon site this deer season, an antlered doe. The doe was
sporting a rack scored a 10 and taken by hunters along the Red River
south of Robyn.
Editor's note: Minnesota conservation officer tales is produced monthly
by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Division of
DNR QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Q: There are three main ecosystems - biomes - in Minnesota. These
biomes are prairies, deciduous forests and coniferous forests. Is there
any reason for concern that any or all of these could disappear and be
replaced by another type of ecosystem?
A: Since Minnesota entered the modern geologic epoch, some 10,000 years
ago, the state has we have always had native vegetation that fits within
the broad concepts of prairie grassland, deciduous forest, and
coniferous forest biomes. Continental climate creates the pattern of
biomes on the land. Thus, climate change is the most likely threat to
our biomes. Minnesota has undergone significant climatic change over the
millennia, including a very warm period that matches or exceeds the
predicted global warming, and yet there is evidence that all three
biomes persisted somewhere in the state. It is highly unlikely that any
of the other North American biomes - tundra, mountain forest, rain
forest, or desert - will ever form here. It is more likely that a biome
will be lost to human engineered landscapes. The safest prediction is
that Minnesotans will continue to live on the land, use natural
resources, and influence the functioning of biomes. The formidable task
is to live in a way that conserves as many of the species as possible
and maintains as best possible their ability to function as ecosystems.
Catch'n Kids Pro Staff
IF IT'S WET...IT'S CATCH'N FISH
Msg 2 Posted: 03:45 PM 12/13/06 (CST)
He took the gun from a German paratrooper.|
That is one dude I don't want to run into in the woods at night.
Msg 3 Posted: 04:01 PM 12/13/06 (CST)
My wifes grandfather has a few things like that he got in the war. I know that he has a sword taken from a Japanese Officer when he surrendered his post. |
He was wounded somewhere in the pacific and he now has the bullet that hit him, it is framed and haning on the wall with the gun that shot the bullet. I'm not sure how he got the gun that shot him but I am sure the guy who owned it previously got the worst of their exchange.
Msg 4 Posted: 04:43 PM 12/13/06 (CST)
Didn't yell four after the shot on the 14th green. |
Msg 5 Posted: 08:04 PM 12/13/06 (CST)
Hey CK are thos jokes?|
Carps welcome to myfishingpals.com
SEE YOU NEXT TIME GOT TO GO
Msg 6 Posted: 03:58 PM 12/18/06 (CST)
no Ryan that's happened to real hunters just like us..|
CK you quack me up
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