By T.W. Budig
People can keep their memories but perhaps not their equipment if caught poaching.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding a public auction of confiscated hunting and fishing equipment on Sept. 28 at Hiller Auction Barn in Zimmerman.
More than 200 guns — top-of-the-line brands like Benelli, Beretta and Weatherby — are going on the block. About a dozen muzzle loaders are included in the mix.
Along with the guns, about 40 bows, including a handful of crossbows, will go to the highest bidders beginning at 10 a.m. Other confiscated items on auction include deer antlers, an all-terrain vehicle, a personal watercraft, snowmobiles and a boat-motor-trailer combination. Tree stands, traps, fishing rods and reels, trail cameras, spotlights and other gear will be sold.
Auction proceeds will be deposited in the state Game and Fish Fund. Proceeds from the sale of vehicles confiscated in DWI arrests are deposited into a DWI forfeiture account.
Background checks are made on gun buyers. Hiller Auction Barn is a federally licensed gun dealer. The auction service is 2 miles east of the Highway 169 and the County Road 4 intersection in Zimmerman.
A list of DNR-confiscated auction items is on the Hiller website at www.hillerauction.com.
Most of the confiscated firearms came into DNR possession as a result of deer baiting violations, DNR Assistant Director of Enforcement Rodmen Smith said. More....