Thursday, February 2nd, 2023
Thursday, February 2nd, 2023

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Hugo man charged with poaching trophy buck

The story and evidence just didn’t add up for a Hugo man who is
facing $10,000 in fines and restitution – and loss of his hunting
privileges – for allegedly poaching a 10-point trophy buck in early
November.

After receiving a Turn-In-Poacher (TIP) call, Minnesota
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conservation officer Robert
Haberman of Little Falls recovered a deer from a central Minnesota
taxidermist. The deer tag had not been validated, nor had the deer
been registered. The buck scored 146 2/8 inches under Boone and
Crockett, which records trophy animals.

Christopher C. Mogren, 43, said he had legally taken the buck by
archery. However, an inspection of the carcass revealed a clean
arrow wound behind the left shoulder and a large wound on the right
shoulder consistent with firearm trauma. A forensics analysis found
multiple metal fragments similar to those from a bullet fired from
a high-powered rifle.

Mogren eventually admitted using a firearm to shoot a “severely
injured” deer that had wandered onto his property. Using a skid
loader, he transported the deer to his home where he later arrowed
the deer. He purchased an archery tag, waited a couple of days, and
tried to claim the deer was taken by archery.

Mogren said a family member subsequently dropped the deer off at
the taxidermist.

State conservation officers seized the skid loader, a Remington
model 700 rifle with scope, and 21 packages of deer venison. They
also collected photos of Mogren posing with the deer and the arrow
used.

Mogren has been charged with a gross misdemeanor for taking big
game out of season ($3,000 fine), taking a big game animal without
a license ($1,000 fine), gross misdemeanor transporting an
illegally taken big game animal ($3,000 fine), failure to validate
a deer tag ($1,000 fine), and failure to register a big game animal
($1,000 fine). Restitution for a trophy buck is $1,000.

A trial date has not been set in Washington County. If
convicted, Mogren could also lose his hunting privileges for three
years.

Anyone witnessing wildlife or fishing code violations is
encouraged to contact the nearest conservation officer, law
enforcement agency or the toll-free TIP hotline at 800-652-9093.
Also, #TIP is available to most cell phone users in Minnesota.

Finding a conservation officer is just a click away at
www.mndnr.gov/officerpatrolareas. Click on the map, and a balloon
will pop up that shows the officer phone number and State Patrol
dispatch number.

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