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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.