Two men charged with Minnesota hunting violations
St. Paul — Two Minnesota men face numerous charges, thousands of
dollars in fines and possible jail time if convicted of hunting
related violations after an investigation by the Minnesota DNR.
Daniel E. Chase, 64, Marine on St. Croix, is charged with failure
to register big game, two counts of lend/borrow a license, two
counts of unlawful party hunting, hunting deer without a license,
illegally taking big game, and illegally possessing big game.
Investigators charged Steven J. Meister, 58, Stillwater, with
two counts of lend/borrow a license, two counts of transporting
illegal big game, and illegally possessing big game. The charges
are the result of a Turn-in-Poachers call to State Conservation
Officer Alex Gutierrez of Forest Lake last December alleging Chase
had used Meister’s deer tag for years to take extra big game. An
individual hunter may only tag one legal buck per year, without
exception in Minnesota.
The investigation by the DNR that followed led to the seizure of
a muzzleloader rifle, six whitetail deer mounts and one whitetail
deer cape during the execution of a search warrant at Chase’s home.
A search of an outbuilding on the premises revealed approximately
35 male white-tailed deer mounts. The charges against Chase total
$12,000 in fines and nearly four years in jail. Meister faces
$11,000 in fines and nearly four years in jail. Chase and Meister
are scheduled to appear in Washington County District Court on May
Anyone who witnesses a game or fish violation in Minnesota can
report the incident to the
Turn- in-Poachers hotline at 800-652-9093.