Guns for sale: DNR confiscated firearms auction tomorrow [PHOTOS]

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Up for grabs.
Over the past year, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers have busted a lot of hunters and anglers up to no good, and in certain cases, they've confiscated their gear.

Now, those lawbreakers' mistakes can be your gain: The seized items are hitting the auction block tomorrow, including more than 200 guns, 200 hunting and fishing items like poles and deer antlers, and 40 bows.

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DNR officers can seize equipment whenever they bust someone with wild animals out of season, without a valid license, or in too-high quantities, or when they need the equipment as evidence in an investigation.

The DNR has held auctions of its confiscated inventory since at least 1982, spokesperson Rich Sprouse explains. All auction proceeds go to the Game and Fish Fund.

"It's basically good natural resources law enforcement work by state conservation officers as they protect and preserve the resource," writes Sprouse in an email.

The auction kicks off tomorrow at 10 a.m., with items available for inspection starting at 8 a.m., at Hiller Auction Service in Zimmerman. The full inventory list is available on Hiller's website, and we have photos of some of the highlights.

All this can be yours:
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Said firearms.
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These belonged to some law-breaking anglers.
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Camo flair.
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Check out the scope.

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22 comments
AriPoTato
AriPoTato

I wonder how cheap some will go?  Are they all bought up, or could some be kept until another auction?

Rich Rudin
Rich Rudin

Thank you for telling us about it City Pages Minneapolis that's very nice of you

Kris Raff
Kris Raff

Why not melt the guns instead?

Craig Boyte
Craig Boyte

Hanns Wiechman or Brent Garens you may be interested

Edward Bertsch
Edward Bertsch

Catch and release. How many of these items will be seized within 1-2 years?

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Patrick Fitzgerald 

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Huh?  

Did you even read the article?

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Kris Raff  

two reasons:

1. The revenue benefits DNR programs.

2. that would be stupid.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Dean P. Cummings 

Likely not many.  Usually if your equipment is subject to seizure, you're also going to lose your hunting / fishing rights for a few years. And you don't get first right of refusal on the seized property, so you'd have to be there and out-bid everyone else.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Edward Bertsch Probably not many.  There are half a million hunters in this state.  In 2009 there were over 800,000 hunting licenses issued.  200 firearms seized is a pretty paltry number compared to the number of Minnesota residents afield.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@Edward Bertsch Yup, those Remington 700 bolt actions!! Evil weapons!  These are all pretty much basic hunting rifles/shotguns. Not exactly the type of thing bangers in the hood would consider using.

_Joe_
_Joe_

sorry.. not rights.  Privileges.

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