Hunters should know the difference between snow geese and trumpeter and tundra swans. The DNR illustration above shows the relative size difference between the two — swans are much larger — and the fact that snow geese have black wing tips.
The issue arises because four immature trumpeter swans were shot at Brown's Lake near Warroad during the weekend of Sept. 18-19, which was the grouse opener and also the weekend of youth waterfowl day.
According to the DNR, the dead swans were left at Brown's Lake, about four miles southeast of Norris Camp, headquarters of the Red Lake Wildlife Management Area.
The trumpeter is a threatened species and shooting one can be charged as a gross misdemeanor, with fines up to $3,000 and possibe loss of hunting equipment and privileges.
Dennis Anderson has been a Star Tribune outdoors columnist since 1993, before which, for 13 years, he held the same position at the Pioneer Press. He enjoys casting and shooting. Dogs, too, and horses. Also kids and, occasionally, crusading in his column for improved conservation.
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