Police: Illegal hunter catches himself on camera
GRAND FORKS – A hunter nabs a deer and it's on camera.
"It's not fair to the deer. There's no point in baiting. Go and get them fair," said Officer Nick Anderson, East Grand Forks Police Department.
Police say they found footprints in the snow on the east side of town.
"We ended up finding blood and stuff down there where obviously a deer had been shot," said Officer Anderson.
But that's not all.
Evidence of the shady way he shot the deer also caught their eye.
"We found a deer stand back there along with a trail camera. In front of that trail camera was an area where it appeared the deer had been eating, which is usually common with a deer bait," said Officer Anderson.
Pictures police found on the trail cam the hunter left behind in the stand.
WDAY News has learned baiting deer is against the law in Minnesota.
Police used images found on the trail camera to get a clear shot of his face.
"Was from the hunter that had been there at that bait. There's also pictures of him up in the deer stand at that bait site," said Officer Anderson.
Hunting in city limits is also illegal.
"Across the river there's houses. This is going on right across the river from family’s homes and stuff. We need to get this figured out and put a stop to it," said Officer Anderson.
East Grand Forks Police are hoping someone will recognize his face.
Hunting for a suspect.
Update: East Grand Forks police say they have identified an illegal hunter who was caught on his own trail camera. Police say the man set a camera up on his deer stand within city limits - and it appears he had baited the animal. Hunting within city limits is illegal -- along with baiting deer. No charges have been filed yet so police are not releasing his name.