Two Minnesota juveniles charged with poaching seven deer
The Minnesota DNR reports that two Roseau County youths have
been charged with deer poaching and related gross misdemeanors as
part of an investigation by the agency.
A 16-year-old from Roseau was charged with taking big game
without a license, gross misdemeanor taking big game with
artificial light, gross misdemeanor transport of illegally taken
big game, and wanton waste. A 17-year-old from Wannaska involved in
the incident was charged with taking big game without a license,
gross misdemeanor taking big game with artificial light, and gross
misdemeanor transport of illegally taken big game.
Early in the 2009 firearms deer season, state conservation
officer Ben Huener of Roseau received complaints about a couple of
teenagers driving around with lots of deer in the back of a pickup
near Malung, a small town in central Roseau County. A license plate
number led Huener to the two juveniles.
The 16-year-old initially denied involvement, but later admitted
the youths used the headlights of the pickup to blind the deer
before using a rifle to kill two does and five fawns. The
17-year-old confirmed the story. Three of the fawns were later
discovered near a church, with the remaining carcasses dumped at
various locations around Malung.
In addition to applicable fines and court costs, the charges
also mandate restitution paid to the people of Minnesota in the
amount of $500 per animal taken, as well as a mandatory revocation
of their hunting licenses for three years. A rifle and scope were
seized for possible auction.
Anyone with information about any wildlife or fisheries
violations can contact the Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) hotline at
800-652-9093 or #TIP on their cell phone.