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DNR: Don't trespass

With Minnesota's small game, waterfowl, and archery deer seasons underway, and the firearm deer season set to begin Nov. 5, conservation officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) report an increase in trespass calls from landowners.

Hunters are reminded that there is one sure way to avoid problems associated with trespassing: "Always Ask First."

Col. Jim Konrad, DNR enforcement director, encourages all hunters and landowners to obtain a copy of the 2011 Hunting and Trapping booklet and review the trespass information on pages 6-7. "I can't stress enough how important it is to be very familiar with the trespass law."

Trespass penalties range from a $50 civil fine to a criminal penalty of a several thousand dollars, confiscation of vehicles and hunting equipment, and revocation of hunting privileges for two or more years.