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WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT: Man loses hunting, fishing privileges

Man loses hunting, fishing privileges A Devils Lake man has lost his hunting and fishing privileges for one year after being convicted for hunting on posted land in Benson County. Daniel Aabrekke also was ordered to pay $325 in fines and court co...

Man loses hunting, fishing privileges

A Devils Lake man has lost his hunting and fishing privileges for one year after being convicted for hunting on posted land in Benson County.

Daniel Aabrekke also was ordered to pay $325 in fines and court costs, court records show.

Gene Masse, district game warden for the Game and Fish Department in New Rockford, N.D., said the charge resulted after a landowner caught Aabrekke shooting a deer on posted property and signed a complaint

Hunting on posted land is a Class B misdemeanor.

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Abandoned buck leads to wanton waste conviction

A Michigan, N.D., man has been sentenced to pay $300 in fines and court costs for wanton waste after abandoning a deer he shot in Walsh County.

Ryan Weiskopf, 29, also was placed on one year of unsupervised probation, court records show. The court suspended a 30-day jail sentence.

According to court records, Weiskopf was charged after Gary Rankin, district game warden for the Game and Fish Department in Larimore, N.D., responded to an anonymous tip about a deer carcass left near Lankin, N.D. The deer was a spike buck that had the back straps removed, but the front and rear quarters were intact, and the animal hadn't been tagged, court records show.

Rankin in his complaint report said further investigation led him to Weiskopf, who admitted to shooting the deer. According to the report, Weiskopf had a license for antlerless deer. When he saw it had spike antlers, Weiskopf told Rankin he didn't think he'd shot a legal deer so he took some of the meat and left the rest.

In his report, Rankin said the deer legally could have been considered antlerless, even though it had spike antlers. According to North Dakota regulations, a deer has to have at least one visible antler to be considered antlered.

Wanton waste is Class B misdemeanor.

Related Topics: DEVILS LAKEHUNTING
Brad Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and has been the Grand Forks Herald's outdoors editor since 1998.

Besides his role as an outdoors writer, Dokken has an extensive background in northwest Minnesota and Canadian border issues and provides occasional coverage on those topics.

Reach him at bdokken@gfherald.com, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on Twitter at @gfhoutdoor.
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