Ask a Conservation Officer: What to do if I shoot the wrong deer
Q: While deer hunting I hit a doe instead of the buck I was aiming at and don’t have a tag for it. What do I do?
A: As Conservation Officers we know that mistakes can happen. The worst thing someone can do if a mistake is made is let the animal go to waste, hide it, or try to get away with it. If you make a mistake such as this the best thing you can do is call your local Conservation Officer. If you self-report the violation, you stand a far better chance of receiving a warning. I can’t speak for all officers, but frequently a warning can be given for something like this. However, you can almost guarantee a citation if you are caught trying to hide a violation.
To find out who your local officer is, the DNR website has a CO locator with a map of station lines. You can also call the Minnesota DNR information line at 1 (888) MINNDNR (646-6367) which is answered 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. State Conservation Officers are dispatched through the state patrol dispatch center, so an on duty officer can be reached by calling the dispatch for your area at any time.
Jake Willis is a Minnesota State Conservation Officer covering the Brookston Station. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.