By Jeron Rennie
KIMT News 3 – A Blue Earth man is in trouble with authorities after he was caught poaching again.
28-year-old Brandon Greeley is a licensed bear guide in Tofte and is well-known by Minnesota DNR conservation officers in northern and southern Minneosta as a chronic poacher.
After the latest investigation, which conservation officers began in 2012, Greeley was convicted of several gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor charges, fined nearly $4,000 and lost hunting privileges for three years.
Local hunting advocates say, unfortunately Greeley is not the only poacher out there and you should turn people in if you see them doing something illegal.
“There’s a tipline, which is on the back of every book you can get, it’s on your hunting license,” said Hart Bros. Weaponry Owner Milan Hart. “Call the DNR. These people are very diplomatic, very fair. Even if you’re wrong, let’s say you see something you didn’t really see, you’re not going to get in trouble for that.”
There are multiple forms of poaching, including hunting with a spotlight, hunting more than you are allowed with your license and hunting out of season.
Hart said hunting out of season is one of the biggest problems.
“Turn those people in,” he said. “Let people find out. If that carcass is still hanging, which it better be because otherwise it’s want and waste, the DNR can tell how long it’s been dead. If you suspect somebody has poached that deer out of season, for goodness sakes, say something.”
Greeley pleaded guilty on Cook and Faribault County district courts to illegally hunting bear, deer and other animals.
You can report poachers in Minnesota to the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 800-652-9093. Cell phone users can also dial #TIP. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.
In Iowa you can call 800-532-2020 or you can complete a form online.