Hunting license dollars help fund conservation law enforcement
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.
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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