Discussion Topic: On Stiffer Penalties To Battle Baiting

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune: _[More] than 100 baiting cases in Minnesota this fall . . . resulted in citations, … Continued

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

_[More] than 100 baiting cases in Minnesota this fall . . . resulted in citations, fines, gun seizures or all three. Hundreds more were investigated. With another Minnesota deer hunting season winding down, conservation officers say baiting deer remains rampant, despite efforts in recent years to discourage it.
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“It seems like it’s getting worse,” said Maj. Rod Smith, Department of Natural Resources operations manager. Conservation officers issued 92 citations and seized 59 firearms on opening weekend alone. _The DNR will survey officers at the end of the season to get a final tally, but Smith expects the numbers to top last year’s total of 141 baiting citations. . . .
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_And some hunters clearly haven’t been deterred by $400 fines, $500 restitution for an illegally taken deer, or even the threat of losing a prized gun or bow. Some argue that stiffer penalties are needed.
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_”What we have now isn’t working, that’s pretty apparent,” Smith said. “Something needs to be done. . . .”
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DNR Commissioner Mark Holsten [said] “Increased fines and penalties are a possibility.”

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