Since Deer Opener, Stray Bullets Have Hit at Least 3 Homes in Chisago County

November 13, 2017 10:27 PM

Brent Schroeder loves nature.

He loves wildlife. That's why he and his family bought their home in Stacy, Minnesota, 14 years ago. It's right next to the Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area, which happens to be public hunting land. 


And Sunday morning, Schroeder woke up to the sound of gunfire.

"I heard a volley of shots," he said.

RELATED: Deer Hunting Numbers About Equal to Last Year After Opening Weekend

Schroeder says one slug hit the outside of his home, piercing the siding. Schroeder is relieved it didn't penetrate, given what is on the other side of that wall: his daughter's bedroom. It was 8:30 a.m. and she was asleep at the time.

"I ran and got her downstairs because there's a little more protection there," Schroeder said. "Then I threw on a jacket and came out and started looking to see where it hit."

As Schroeder stood on his back deck, he heard more gunfire. Shots whizzed past his head. "I ducked and ran for cover, and that's when I contacted the sheriff's office."

The Chisago County Sheriff's Office said Sunday Schroeder was the third county resident to call about stray slugs since the firearms deer opener.

RELATED: Minnesota Deer Opener: More Deer but Mandatory CWD Testing

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reports more than 600,000 people are licensed to hunt in the state.  

Schroeder said that with two weeks left in the firearms season in certain zones, he wanted to share a gentle reminder.

"They're responsible for every bullet that comes out of the end of that gun, so the last thing we want to see is somebody getting hurt."

The DNR is the lead investigative agency.  Game wardens are licensed peace officers with the same power as cops to enforce state law. 


Beth McDonough

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