The Death Penalty For Dogs That Chase Deer

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Dogs caught chasing deer may be killed by a person other than a peace or conservation officer, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Between Jan. 1 and July 14, a person other than a peace or conservation officer may kill a dog that has pursued, wounded or killed a big game animal.

Dogs chasing deer this time of year is an annual problem, according to a DNR report. The deer are cold and struggling to survive while dogs are full of energy and ready to run.

The report urged dog owners to keep control over their dogs.

DNR Enforcement Director, Col. Jim Konrad said, “The DNR doesn’t perceive this as a dog problem. We perceive it as a people problem.”

The owner of a dog that kills or pursues a deer is guilty of a petty misdemeanor and may be fined up to $500 for each violation.

  • shortgus

    we have too many deer, why does it matter if a dog chases one? shoot the deer the dogs chases and donate the meat to a food shelf, and ffed our homeless….don’t shoot the dogs!!!!

    • Sb

      Good reply shortguns! It’s not fair to kill a dog for having lousy humane owners.

    • rjd

      Deer are nothing but BIG rats. We have way too many of them. The DNR has way too nuch authority!

    • Good Ol Boy

      It isn’t to protect the deer, you goofball. It’s to keep them from being chased onto highways. You won’t see a dog catching a deer unless it has it cornered, which is also unlikely…

      • Scott

        I had a german shepard that I watched take down a deer. Deer are fast but can only run in short burst while a dog can continue to pursue.

  • Nick

    This is ridiculous.

  • Random Anonymous Blackmail

    Can dogs claim ignorance to the law? Thanks for wasting time lawmakers, there are bigger fish to fry.

    • Bunny123

      Dogs can claim ignorance to the law but their owners cant…

  • the Truth

    I say everyone in the equation gets shot the dog, the deer and the owner, and then the person who shot them all.

    • roberta13

      dont’ forget the politicians who made the stupid law

  • Pat

    This law has been on the books for decades. This is not news and it is not a problem.

  • Jen

    I agree, John. Almost wrecked my car over the weekend when I attempted to avoid hitting someone’s dog that wasn’t leashed or fenced and ran into the road. The dog didn’t get hit…got lucky and survived…but there was no way I could stop on the snow-covered street even doing only 10-15 mph. The dog’s owner seemed upset with ME even though he was breaking the law and letting his dog roam free..and didn’t even come over and see if I was alright after my car spun around. Dog laws should be enforced. Although this sounds extreme, it’s for the safety of all. Dogs chasing deer = deer and dogs running into roads = even more accidents.

  • Command of the Obvious

    Isn’t it a fair assumption to say that people who allow their dogs to run loose and chase deer do not really care about their dogs? Therefore they probably do not care if the dogs are killed. It’s probably just a law on the books to make sure people keep their dogs leashed and under control if they really do care. There need to be some consequences for stupidity to deter it.

  • merks

    The DNR has too many liberties. They can have a road side check and pull anyone over they suspect of hunting or fishing yet the police cannot have road side checks. The DNR can go on your property without permission to look for violations yet the police need a search warrant.
    It’s time we reign in the renegade organization who have abused the rights of all the outdoorsmen!

    • carl

      I agree, I repair boats for a living and having said that I’ve found that the DNR can harass me about other people’s boat violations and even threaten me with fines while the boats are on my lot… I’m not even the owner of the boats and their threatening me? Tell me how that works…

      • Carl Merks

        If there was no DNR there wouldn’t be anything left to fish or hunt. Clowns.

  • carl

    So if someone shoots his neighbors dog claiming it was chasing a deer and no one else is there to aid in proving that the said dog was chasing deer then what? It sounds like it could open the door for someone to shoot another persons dog for another reason at will having a grudge for whatever reason as long as no one is around to witness it thus said shooter only has to say they witnessed the dog chasing deer… Sounds like the more people learn of this law or statute can really open a can of rotten worms for many many people.

    • TW

      Carl, you arrived to the party a bit late. The scenario you describe has been happening for decades. Dogs get shot, shooter claims the dog did this or that but the shooter is the only witness so the dog owner has no claim to make. For those who hunt the night time and chase raccoons as a legal activity they have to deal with this more than bird hunters. Bottom line is if you have a dog and it is allowed to run loose either hunting legally or just running for any reason it can be shot, hit by a car, picked up as a stray or plain disappear and you have to just take what comes. Good luck to those who have a hunting dog they like, every time you turn it loose could be the last. That is the price of owning and hunting with a dog.

      • carl

        Well then it certainly sucks to own a dog…better keep tabs on the son of a gun.

      • EL

        I think it would suck to be the dog.

      • carl

        EL why would it suck to be a dog? Wouldn’t you like to be able to lick your own red rocket? :)

      • EL

        Hey Carl, It would suck to be the dog which got shot. Also, how do you know I can’t do that now?

      • steve

        EL, i bet the dog that got shot doesn’t know any better.

  • fun dumb

    What about the tree rats taht chase the deer then moleste them and get free rides on them!!!??

  • Cat Shooter Wannabe

    Can I please shoot the cats that are running loose in my neighborhood? They are on my property. They are not mine and I do not want them on my property. I would really like to shoot all those wondering cats.

    • Cat Shooter Wannabe

      Sorry, I would like to shoot the wandering cats, not just the confused ones which are wondering.


        I love this blogger… and I are now officially a pair!!!


        Cat Shooter – you dah Man!

    • Fun

      I shoot them out of my windows with a bb gun. I just pump it enough to give a good stinger. Works for squirrels too.

  • Bryson Powers

    How about probation first? Maybe some counseling.

  • ok

    Does this mean wolves also!

    • Wolf Lover

      Yea Yea Yea. Shoot the wolves, Shoot em ,Shoot em ,Shoot em all!!!! Aaaaaaaaa!

  • Jim

    This story left out a lot of information.

    Despite what you may think, it is actually smaller dogs that are the problem at this time of year. They can run deer while staying on the crust of the snow while the deer, with their sharp hooves, cut through and have to negotiate the deep drifts.

    The dogs bite the deer’s achilles tendons, rendering the deer helpless. Often they will wander off and die a slow and painful death.

    Also, be aware the laws in neighboring states do not necessarily mirror Minnesota. A friend of mine shot a dog chasing a deer in Wisconsin and was promptly sued by the dog’s owner.

  • Why not

    Two Scottish nuns have just arrived in USA by boat and one says to the other, “I hear that the people of this country actually eat dogs.” “Odd,” her companion replies, “but if we shall live in America , we might as well do as the Americans do.”

    Nodding emphatically, the mother superior points to a hot dog vendor and they both walk towards the cart. “Two dogs, please,” says one.

    The vendor is too pleased to oblige, wraps both hot dogs in foil, and hands them over the counter. Excited, the nuns hurry to a bench and begin to un-wrap their ‘dogs’. The mother superior begins to blush and, then, staring at it for a moment, leans to the other nun and whispers cautiously, “What part… did you get…?”

    • FEISDEE1

      LOL!! Way to add some humor to the conversation Why not!!

  • Just saying

    As an elderly lady sat on her front porch reflecting on her long life, a Fairy Godmother suddenly appeared and offered to fulfill three wishes for her.

    “Well,” said the woman, “I guess I’d like to be rich.”
    POOF: The Fairy Godmother turned her rocking chair into solid gold.

    “And I wouldn’t mind being a young and beautiful princess.”
    POOF: The Fairy Godmother turned the old woman into an exquisite young princess, with a priceless crown of jewels.

    “Your third wish?” asked the Fairy Godmother. “Could you possibly turn my wonderful dog into a handsome prince?”
    POOF: There, in front stood the most handsome young man anyone had ever seen. She stared at him in awe, completely smitten.

    As he came toward her, her knees weakened. He bent down, brushing his lips across her ear as he whispered, “I bet you are sorry you had me neutered.”

  • Olaf

    Can I shoot the deer chasing my dog?

  • MJ

    I’m so frustrated with stupid, no common sense people. Just like the deer who are searching for food, dogs are doing what is instinct in them, as would any animal. The problem is 100% HUMANS!!!!! But yet instead of the so called owners being 100% responsible, now animals that are only doing what comes naturally to them if not restrained, are going to be killed…….now you have given cold hearted, angry non animal loving people to use this lame excuse….even if there wasn’t a deer!! Has anyone..especially the idiots who are coming up with these horrific laws ever thought about the many, many times pets chase other animals away in order to protect their owners???????

  • And that's what I have to say about that

    People who let their animals run loose (defined as not within their own property boundaries) are thoughtless, inconsiderate and should be given a hefty fine; repeat offenders should have their animals taken away from them.

    Deer are a more than a nuisance and have unfortunately been allowed to explode in population. Lengthen the deer season, lower the license fees, and let hunters take two for the price of one. Thin the herd … or let the dogs do it.

  • Dogma

    Hey, the only reason my dog was chasing the deer is because the deer walked up to my dog and said something about his mother.

    • Nut Newswurthy

      sticks and stones man… sticks and stones…

  • No Trespassing

    Well, I’m an animal lover, but I don’t like children. I think it should be okay for me to freely shoot any that trespass into my yard. It should also be okay for me to smack any children being obnoxious in supermarkets, restaurants, airports, and, of course, those chasing deer, and to punish their parents for failing to train them properly. Maybe if we all practice intolerance and work at being as intolerant as we can possibly be, we’ll really gain something, or prove something, or achieve lasting happiness. Or maybe our legislators can come up with a bill to promote intolerance, and then we can give them a pay raise, increase their benefits, pay them a pension in perpetuity and a bigger per diem, no receipts required, just to honor them for being the dutiful servants they are and for always knowing what’s important.

    • EL

      I am only intolerant of stupidity. And boy do I see a lot of stupidity around here.

    • Good point

      Yes!, if someone in government say it- it must be virtouos meaningful and crystal clear pure- they would never do anything in they’re own personnal best interests (like grandstanding, and not caring of the reprecussions of they’re actions on others). that’s why we have government making laws like this to keep us sheep in line.

  • Steve

    I have no clue why this is such a big story today. This law has been on the books in the hunting regulations for YEARS.

  • nunrleft

    Seems CBS is trying to instigate something. This law has been on the books for decades. Nothing new here or even news worthy.

  • mike

    I had a dog about 20 years ago that started running with the neighbors herd of dogs. As much as I tried to break the dog of this , I couldn’t. One day coming home from the shop I saw my dog crossing a field by itself. I stopped and called to it and it just kept going. I went to my home , got my rifle and went in search of this animal. If I had seen it again I would have killed it to keep it out of the area. After that sighting I never saw it ever again. My dog at present is trained to never leave the property and wont unless I ask her to heel with me. As far as taking care of deer chasing dogs, I believe that if the dog is not with its owner(master) and is roaming around with another or a group of dogs, it(they) are a nuisance and should be removed.

    • mike

      I meant dogs chasing deer.

    • what?

      I don’t understand. Your dog took uo with the neighbors dog, you saw hiom and called to him and he didn’t come to you, so you went home and got a gun to kill him? am I missing something? had he become vicious or rabid? Seems extreme

      • mike

        To What? These dogs were (15 of them) traveling the neighborhood and the neighbor didn’t have the money to feed the damm things. There were so many because of continuous breeding. My dog was fed, but had learned to enjoy the hunting with the other dogs. By the way another neighbor and I whittled that pack down to a couple after about 6 months. I have no regretts for the thinning and would do it again.

  • Russell Link

    stray cats eat many of song birds

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