Gov. Mark Dayton wants to crack down on poachers with tougher criminal penalties and longer license revocations. The governor on Friday proposed a new felony-level penalty for poaching, and revoking game-and-fish privileges for up to 10 years. Current law only goes up to a gross misdemeanor penalty for poaching, and license revocations of up to only five years.
An out-of-state angler lost his boat for reeling in too many fish, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Officials say they caught 54-year-old Charles Siegerdt fish fillets well over the limit — 21 bass (42 fillets) and 19 northern pike (38 fillets) — at an Itasca County resort.
Five Wisconsin men face significant fines after North Dakota Game and Fish say they were over their limit of walleyes by 110 fish. A call to a poacher tip line led wardens to the men, who’d been staying and fishing on Devils Lake.
A federal judge is dismissing charges against five people accused of poaching walleye and other fish from the Red Lake and Leech Lake reservations and selling them on the black market.
A company in Wisconsin and Minnesota that was convicted of buying and selling illegally harvested wild ginseng has agreed to pay $100,000 and accept a two-year ban on transactions involving the gnarled root.
Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources believe a bear was killed while hibernating, and are offering a $500 reward to find out by whom.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is sharing new details into “Operation Squarehook.” That is the codename of the undercover operation that netted at least 31 people in what is being described as the largest fishing bust in some 20 years.
Ten men face federal charges for allegedly poaching walleye and other protected fish from the Red Lake and Leech Lake reservations and selling them on the black market.
The Department of Natural Resources says a surge in calls to its Turn In Poachers hotline led to a significant increase in poaching arrests.
A tip call led to fines for three anglers who caught nearly 70 fish beyond the limit, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The three fishers now face fines in the neighborhood of $3,000.
A Minnesota man has lost his hunting privileges for four years and fined nearly $19,000 for poaching two moose in the Bighorn National Forest in northern Wyoming.