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Hunting license dollars help fund conservation law enforcement

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This month, as nearly 500,000 deer hunters wade into field and forest, they will be joined by about 150 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) field conservation officers.

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These men and women - each with about 650 square miles to patrol - conduct search and rescues, respond to public safety calls, and protect wildlife by helping hunters understand and obey laws.

It's a big job, averaging one officer for every 3,300 hunters afield.

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