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Authorities seeking information about bald eagle found dead

Released April 8, 2016 by Sarah Stultz

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking information about a dead bald eagle that was found on Minnesota Department of Transportation property south of Albert Lea.

Source:Albert Lea Tribune

Push to Make Poaching a Felony Could Be Issue at Capitol

Released March 5, 2016 by Erik Chaloux

Increasing poaching penalties will be up for debate when lawmakers return for the new session later this week in St. Paul.

Source:ABC Eyewitness News

3 dead wolves found dumped in northern Minnesota ditch; poaching suspected

Released February 18, 2016 by Paul Walsh

The hunting of wolves is illegal in Minnesota; federal authorities are offering a reward for information.

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

Up To $2,500 Reward Offered in Deaths of 3 Gray Wolves Near Floodwood

Released February 18, 2016 by Dave Aeikins

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward for information related to the killing of three gray wolves in northern Minnesota.

Source:ABC Eyewitness News


Dayton Proposes some poachers be charged with felonies

Released January 15, 2016 by Dennis Anderson

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

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TIP at the 2015 Minnesota Governor's Deer Hunting Opener.

November 7, 2015 by Chris Kuduk

Source: Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130

Anglers caught poaching fish in Ely area

Released August 27, 2015

A group of anglers from Indiana and Illinois were recently charged with poaching fish near Ely, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Source: News Releases: Minnesota DNR

DNR officers, TIP line track down hunting violations in Minnesota

August 11, 2015 by Sue Webber

While internation attention has been focused on Bloomington dentist Walter Palmer's shooting of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, local officials at the Minnesota Deprtment of Natural Resources (DNR) Divisoin of Enforcement are at work regularly to enforce hunting laws in the state.

Source: EMC Star News

Becker County Fishing Party Was 676 Fish Over Limit

August 10, 2015 by Nathan Bowe

An anonymous tip turned out big for local conservation officers when they found a fishing party on Upper Cormorant Lake accused of illegally taking hundreds of crappies and sunfish.

Source: Forum News Service

Catching poachers helps anglers catch fish

August 6, 2015

Helping conservation officers catch poachers – individuals that exceed legal limits of fish and game – will help to protect the quality of the state’s fishing.

Source:  News Releases: Minnesota DNR

Dayton proposes bigger penalties for poaching

March 27, 2015

Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing more stringent penalties and longer license revocation periods for poaching in Minnesota in response to recent egregious violations. 

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

Sutherland named TIP officer of the year

March 19, 2015

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Thomas Sutherland of Grand Rapids was named the 2014 Turn in Poachers (TIP) “Joe Alexander” Conservation Officer of the Year during the annual TIP banquet held March 14 in Grand Rapids.

Source: News Releases:Minnesota DNR

TIP Calls result in numerous charges against host of violators

January 20, 2015

Numerous charges have been filed against a number of violators following a major deer investigation completed by conservation officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in a case coined "Operation TIP Works." 

Source: News Releases:Minnesota DNR

4 More Poachers Caught

February, 2015

Three does and one buck were poached. The poachers used artificial light to spot or locate game, they unlawfully transported wild animals and two of the poachers were convicted of illegally shooting from a vehicle. Illegal party hunting was also discovered. Four men plead guilty to the crimes. The ages of the poachers ranged from 19 to 25 years old. Three of the men are from the McGregor area and one man is from Crystal.

Source: Minnesota Turn In Poachers TIPster

DNR Welcomes Ten New Conservation Officers in 2014

February, 2015

In November of 2014, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) assigned ten new conservation officers (CO’s) to their new DNR stations. The new CO’s have completed a 3 month Officer Academy and 3 months of field training; for a total of 6 months. “We are proud to have them aboard and look forward to what they can accomplish by working with the communities they serve” Colonel Ken Soring of the DNR said, according to a DNR News Release dated November 10, 2014.

Source: Minnesota Turn In Poachers TIPster

DNR confiscated firearms auction set for Sept. 28

September 9, 2013

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public auction of its inventory of confiscated hunting and fishing equipment Sept. 28 at the Hiller Auction Barn in Zimmerman. Hiller Auction is located 2 miles east of the Highway 169 and the County Road 4 intersection in Zimmerman.

Source: DNR News Releases 

Smokey Bear celebrates 70th birthday; encourages fire safety

August 4, 2014

Smokey Bear’s message “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires” is as relevant today as it was 70 years ago when Smokey first became a champion of wildfire prevention. Smokey’s 70th birthday is Aug. 9.

Source: News Releases:Minnesota DNR

Putting an End to Deer Poaching on Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

May 13, 2014

Thanks to an anonymous tip and solid investigative work, a 17-year serial poacher from Minnesota was sentenced in federal court today after pleading guilty to a Lacey Act violation for transporting wildlife that was unlawfully taken in violation of federal law. In October 2013, William Robert Welsh, age 41 of St. Cloud, Minnesota pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge.

Source: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services Newsroom

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January 20, 2014 by Hanna Tran

Source: Lakeland Public Television

Hunter charged after shooting Tundra swan

November 7, 2013

A Baudette man faces fines and restitution of $375 for shooting and killing a Tundra swan in Lake of the Woods County Oct. 23. Steven L. Theis, 26, was charged with shooting a nongame migratory bird, a misdemeanor.

Missouri anglers face fines for catfish over-limits

September 26, 2013

Two anglers from Missouri face fines and restitution for over-limits of catfish caught on Lac qui Parle, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Source: DNR News Releases

Mille Lacs Lake area anglers face heavy fines

August 27, 2013

Many local residents assume anglers from outside their community commit most of the fishing violations on area lakes, but that’s not always the case, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Source: DNR News Releases

Home raided in deer baiting case

November 17th, 2009
State conservation officers raided a suspected Winona County deer poacher’s home Friday night, seizing guns, deer bait and the rack from an illegally killed eight-point buck.
Source: Winona Daily News

Tougher penalties are the only answer to deer poaching

November 16th, 2009
Deer poaching exists at the level it does in Minnesota because Minnesota, in the form of its Legislature, has decided it doesn't care much about it.
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune


Field reports: 52 hunters charged with deer baiting on opening weekend

November 15th, 2009
Fifty-two deer hunters in Northeastern Minnesota were charged with hunting over bait on opening weekend, according to Capt. Ken Soring, regional enforcement supervisor at Grand Rapids with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Source: Northland


Dennis Anderson: A massive buck's undeserved demise

November 15th, 2009
An alleged poacher's taking of a likely world-record 8-point buck was a crushing blow to hunters who followed the animal for years.
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune


Eight-pointer had the genes

November 14th, 2009
The whitetail with the world's largest eight-point rack ever measured probably was an older deer that never grew more points.
Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press


Alleged poaching incident leaves land owner disappointed, not angry

November 14th, 2009
Alleged poaching incident has caused landowner Ivan Terwilliger to lose some faith and made him wary of giving access to hunters.
Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

Deer poacher goes from hero to Wall of Shame

November 13th, 2009
Cannon Falls hunter charged with illegally taking a local legend.
Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

Minn. hunter charged with poaching trophy buck

November 12th, 2009
DNR conservation officer Maj. Rod Smith said hunter Troy Reinke could face jail time if convicted of poaching. “We take this very seriously,” Smith said. “The natural resources of Minnesota belong to all of us.”
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune


Illegal deer baiting in Minnesota has hit new levels, DNR says

November 10th, 2009
Illegal deer baiting in Minnesota has hit new levels, says the DNR, awash in confiscated guns
Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

Hunters pay a stiff price for deer baiting

November 8th, 2009
HIBBING, Minn. — The burly hunter in the deer stand was clearly surprised Saturday when conservation officer Don Bozovsky pulled up on an all-terrain vehicle.

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