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DNR penalizes dozens of hunters for deer baiting

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Authorities have fined and even confiscated the guns of dozens of Minnesota deer hunters who illegally used bait during last weekend's opener.

The Department of Natural Resources has stepped up efforts to snuff out deer baiting, which has been illegal since 1991 but continues to be widespread. Officials say baiting is unethical, and leads deer to congregate in tight herds, which can speed the spread of disease.

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