While CO Neil Freborg (Lake George) was checking a female duck hunter, a pair of wood ducks came directly at them. CO Freborg advised her to shoot if she had the opportunity and crouched down out of sight. She fired twice as the ducks flew overhead and saw a puff of feathers before the ducks flew out of sight. Officer Freborg finished his checks and started walking the trail back to his truck. About 100 yards from the lake he found a dead wood duck in the middle of the trail. CO Freborg brought it back to the hunter who thanked him and told him he did a better job than her dog.
Cabin owner swims with the decoys
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) investigated a hunter harassment complaint where a cabin owner did not approve of waterfowl hunters hunting an area of the lake in front of his cabin. The cabin owner swam into the duck decoys and waved a red shirt. The hunters lost sight of the man in the fog. The cabin owner left the area before the officer arrived.
Hunter receives goose egg on head
CO Greg Salo (Mora) met with one waterfowl hunter in the emergency room who said while hunting on an area lake, he made a terrific shot on a goose. The goose came crashing down but in a last ditch effort to exact his revenge on the hunter, the goose aimed for the hunter and made a direct hit to the hunter's face. After receiving several stitches and a goose egg (no pun intended) the size of a softball on his forehead, the hunter went home with one goose in the bag.
He was right, but he was wrong
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) found an angler, who already had an open beer at 8 a.m., angling with an extra line. When asked why the individual was using an extra line, he said, "I thought you would be working goose hunters." He was right, but the officer was working duck and goose hunters on the lake he was fishing on.
2006 trumpeter swan incident closed
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports that court proceedings were completed recently on a case where two individuals pled guilty to shooting a trumpeter swan. The offenders were ordered to pay a total of $2,542 for shooting at a flock of trumpeters and killing a juvenile swan. The penalties assessed for the offense included the statutory $1000 restitution value of a trumpeter swan, as well as restitution costs incurred by the Garrison Animal Hospital's Wild and Free program for attempting to treat and rehabilitate the juvenile swan.
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