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Court upholds deer hunting conviction

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled a man who had a loaded weapon while he was concealed in a deer blind was “pursuing” deer and needed a hunting license.

Roger Schmid of Avon was cited in 2011 for hunting without a license, after a Department of Natural Resources officer found him sitting on an all-terrain vehicle in a camouflage deer blind during the hunting season, armed with a loaded shotgun.

Schmid appealed, claiming he wasn’t “pursuing” deer because he wasn’t chasing or tracking game. But the Minnesota Court of Appeals disagreed, and the state Supreme Court affirmed that ruling Wednesday.

The case turned on the definition of the words “take” and “taking,” but the Supreme Court found that the words are not substantially different.