By air, by night: DNR has officers airborne and on the ground to catch hunting violators


December 2, 2022

Brian Peterson, Star Tribune

Regulations on shining, specially illustrated above, tightened in the past 10 years to curtail illegal activity and shorten the window for hobbyists.

Minnesota conservation officers targeted a type of illegal deer hunting in mid-November in the far north near Blackduck that is common, yet an uncommonly dangerous element of their work.

There were multiple violations, from shooting a deer from a motor vehicle and from a roadway to transporting loaded firearms, and all centered around one act: shining deer.

Scofflaws often use high-powered lights to locate deer, which freeze when spotlighted, making themselves easy targets.


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