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Continued: In a blind, wearing orange with a loaded gun? You're hunting, court rules

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 23, 2013 - 8:13 PM

Ross cited a Field & Stream magazine article to explain why Schmid’s proposed definition of pursuit is inadequate. A turkey hunter “creeps up on the flock, sprints to the middle of it, yells and claps so the birds flee,” he wrote. “The hunter does not chase, but waits in camouflage to shoot the hapless hens as they find their way back,” he wrote, adding that it would be “absurdly literal” to say entering the flock is hunting, but waiting under cover is not.

The court inferred criminal intent from Schmid’s behavior, “given the credibility deficit” he showed in offering multiple, conflicted explanations for his behavior.

Schmid’s attorney, John Neal, declined to comment.

Judges Heidi Schellhas and Natalie Hudson also participated in the ruling.

 

Rochelle Olson • 612-673-1747

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