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DNR Warns Hunters Of Possible Drug OperationsSubmitted: 10/01/2012
Story By Matt Doyle

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RHINELANDER - When most hunters walk through the woods - they're focused on finding grouse, deer, bear, or other animals.

Now the DNR wants hunters to be aware of potential drug operations - right here in our forests.

Grouse and woodcock hunters will be the most likely to find these grows because the areas support those birds well.

The DNR says all grows have similar traits.

"Typically these grows are located at least a quarter mile from the nearest residence or business," DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz said.

"They're pretty remote. They're located in forest that are 20 years or younger - so that would typically up here mean aspen and they're located relatively close to a water source."

Other things to look for are hand tools, camping equipment or tents.

Anyone hunting for small game or deer could run into a grow.

Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says any unnatural opening in a dense forest could be a perfect spot for one.

The best bet is to play it safe.

"It's a good idea to get out of there," Holtz said.

"I recommend that people turn around and calmly leave the way they came. If they have a GPS and have a coordinate, that's fine. But we want everyone to put their own safety first."

If you think you've stumbled on a marijuana grow call the DNR at 1-800-847-9367.

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