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Trespassing Main Concern for Norman County Sheriff's Office During Hunting Season

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (11/1/18)

Ada, MN -- As we get ready for the first weekend of the Minnesota Firearms Deer opener, the Norman County Sheriff’s Office is reminding hunters to avoid trespassing. During the 9-day hunt, the DNR and Sheriff’s Office are flooded with complaints from people entering or hunting on land that they don’t have permission to be on, according to Norman County Sheriff Jeremy Thornton.

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If you catch someone trespassing on your land, Sheriff Thornton recommends asking them to leave. If they do not leave or your land is clearly marked with private property or No Trespassing signs, contact your local law enforcement agency or the DNR. Thornton says the best thing to do to avoid people entering your land illegally is to put up signage.

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Along with knowing where you are and where you’re going, Thornton reminds hunters to know where they’re shooting and be visible to other hunters.

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If you’re looking for a place to hunt, the best thing to do is to hunt on one of the many State Wildlife Management Areas in our region. According to the DNR, there are more than dozen WMA’s in Norman County that add up to over 7,000 acres of public hunting land. Most of it is located on the Eastern half of the county near Syre, Twin Valley, and Gary.