MN DNR’s Tom Hutchins Talks Life of a CO During Deer Season; Encourages Hunters to Follow Safety Rules & Regulations
Crookston, MN — It’ll be a busy weekend for Minnesota DNR Conservation Officers across the state as somewhere between 350,000 and 400,000 hunters take to their stands for the firearms deer season opener. Local CO’s will be busy following up on complaints, checking licenses, and visiting with fellow hunters. While there isn’t many slow days in their line of duty, District 1 CO Tom Hutchins out of Crookston says the firearms season is by far their busiest.
Even though part of his duties is addressing complaints and potential violations, Hutchins notes that a majority of his interactions are positive and most of those violations are minor.
One of the ultimate goals of the Minnesota DNR during the Firearms season is that all hunters return back home safely after their day of hunting. Hutchins reminds hunters that they need to follow blaze orange or pink requirements, exercise caution when going in and out of deer stands, and to always be sure of their target and what’s behind it.
As always, make sure to look over the new hunting regulations booklet for the latest rules and regulations. They are available wherever licenses are sold or can be downloaded online on the Minnesota DNR website.
Listen to the full interview with Tom Hutchins from the KRJB Kaleidoscope Program below: