Top 10 list of Minnesota hunting violations
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released a list of the top 10 hunting-related violations in 2012.
Most citations and warnings were written for trespass. According to the DNR, a person may not enter legally posted land or agricultural land for outdoor recreation purposes without permission.
Other common violations include not having a hunting license in possession or none at all. Having a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, failure to tag an animal upon harvest and not wearing the required amount of blaze orange.
Following are the violations, followed by the number of citations/warnings in 2012:
• Trespass, 337
• License/registration/permit not in possession/displayed, 245
• No valid license/registration/ permit, 230
• Hunting over bait, 225
• Transporting uncased/loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, 222
• Unplugged shotgun, 161
• No blaze orange, 139
• Closed season (take/possession), 126
• Untagged (deer, fur, traps, nets), 124
• No federal waterfowl stamps, 122
Hunters are encouraged to be on the lookout for wildlife violations and report such violations to the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-652-9093.
Cell phone users can dial #TIP. Informants can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.