WARNING Grouse hunters near Orr watch out. I was Grouse hunting/camping out near Orr Tuesday night when my dog stepped in a trap. I was in my tent when my dog started screaming/whining like I've never heard before. I thaught a wolf had her. I grabbed my shotgun ran out of the tent fired two shots in the air and ran up the hill behind my tent and saw her with her foot in a trap. I let her out of the trap. I nearly had a heart attack I never heard anything like before. I was pissed who would set a trap so close to a well used camping spot. I pulled the trap and threw it towards the tree line. I camped at this same spot two weeks ago and a pair of bear hunters moved in to the site while I was out walking a trail. The site approx 50yds circle its big enouph for 2 - 3 parties. There is a fire ring present, some food wrappers and lots of ciggarette butts laying around that weren't there two weeks ago. My point is that this camping spot is very well used by hunters with dogs. Who would set a trap within 50 yrds ? I got up Wednesday morning and walked the trails for three hours and went back to my camp. Two guys pull up and identify themselves by their first names and ask what happened to the trap. They claim that they are locals just trying to make a living trapping fox and they want the $20 trap back. I help them look for the trap. They give up looking after 10 minutes and one of them start calling me a lyer and accusing me of stealing his trap. I call 911 because this is getting weird. They drove up in a $30,000 pickup burning $3.50 gas just trying to make a living trapping fox. That is obviously BS and now one of them is calling me a liar and a thief. Then I found the trap and gave it back. That's when they told me that one was DNR CO and the other was a retired DNR CO. They threaten to give me a ticket for tampering with a trap. I was furious; this retired DNR set a trap for a hunting dog. When the hunter tampers with this trap the two of them try to goad him in to a fight or a verbale assault before they identify themselves. I am filling an intrernal affairs complaint. They turned a law abiding citizen hunter into a DNR hater. My dad was a cop and my brother is a cop I have always supported cops and DNR BUT no longer. It's a damn shame; I spent $100 at the Orr grocery store and bait shop, I wont be hunting anywhere near Orr anymore. If these two guys were used car dealers they would give used car dealers a bad name.
My dog was fine. The trap had vary little pressure on it, I was shocked at how easy it was to open. It took less than 5lbs of pressure to open that trap. The DNR officer gave me his card and told me that his supervisor would be in contact with me about a trap tampering citation and he did call me today and the supervisor got an ear full.
Rossinsir, Glad to hear the dog is fine! Sounds pretty crazy putting a trap that close to a camping site.
Trap and Snare Identification A person may not set or place a trap or snare, other than on property owned or occupied by the person, unless the following information is affixed to the trap or snare in a way that ensures the information remains legible while the trap or snare is on the land or in the water: 1) The number and state of the persons drivers license; or 2) The persons Minnesota identification card number; or 3) The persons name and mailing address; or 4) The person's MNDNR number as printed on their license. (Note: A person may use their previously issued drivers license number until March 1, 2013) Note: From April 1 to August 31, the trap identification provisions listed above do not apply to traps set for the taking of unprotected wild animals.(2011 MN Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook)
Was his trap tagged with this info. You didn't mention that it was. Just wondering.
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