Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — March 10, 2017
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) assisted the Wildlife Division with the necropsy of a dead moose. Work was done preparing a search warrant, and anglers were checked on Lake of the Woods.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) reports mixed angling success for walleye on Lake of the Woods. Many people are starting to target large northern pike in shallow water as the weather begins to warm up.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) assisted the State Patrol with a call about individuals shooting from a motor vehicle and assisted Marshall County with a drug interdiction stop. He continued to monitor ice shelter removal and reminds anglers to clean up after themselves on the ice.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working angling and ATV activity throughout the week. Time was spent investigating reports about dogs chasing deer, car-killed deer, and speaking at a careers class at Blackduck High School.
CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) attended both the Red Lake Fisheries Technical Committee meeting and the Community Advisory Committee meeting. The main focus of both meetings was to get a proposal for walleye limit regulations on Upper Red Lake for this year’s walleye opener. Several options were discussed, but no drastic change is expected.
CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette) spent time in the metro, training with K9 Storm.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports conducting a taxidermy inspection of a local business this week.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) assisted the Division of Wildlife with removal of permanent deer stands from a WMA.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked recreational vehicle activity in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. CO Holt also checked area angling activity and issued a permit for a car-killed deer.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports monitoring fish house removal prior to the removal date. Houses remaining on the ice were checked for marking and litter. A TIP investigation was started after information from the deer season was received.
CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring angling and ATVing traffic. The officer also participated in a radio interview with KFGO and taught the law and ethics portion of the Hitterdal firearms safety class to 21 students.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports checking anglers during the weekend. Most anglers reported fishing was slow on various lakes. Some had to be reminded to purchase their 2017 licenses.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) monitored fishermen throughout the week with most fish houses being off of area lakes. A dead wolf found in a road ditch is being investigated.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, ATVers, and beaver trappers. Fur that was incidentally taken was sold to a fur buyer.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) monitored remaining ice-fishing activity before ice conditions really start to deteriorate around the area.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to work fishing enforcement on area waterways and follow up on fish house-related litter cases.
CO Steve Chihak (Wheaton) spent the week working spring light goose hunting, sport fishing, and ATV enforcement. CO Chihak also met with members of the Traverse County Soil and Water Conservation District and Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources to discuss wetland issues in Traverse County.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) testified in court during a hearing on a big-game case from last fall.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring angling activity. Anglers reported moderate success. Ice is becoming unsafe in areas. CO Broughten also assisted local law enforcement with fishermen and an ATV through the ice.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) reports turkeys are starting to strut. With calving season coming, CO Halverson had calls about wolf sightings.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports ice-fishing activity on Rainy Lake is picking up with nice weather during the weekend. People are urged to use extreme caution, as a report about an ATV going through the ice was taken.
CO John Slatinski (International Falls) reports complaints continue to be heard about litter being left on the lake ice surfaces, along with abandoned shelters. Recreational vehicle registration issues continue to be addressed. Fishing continues to be a popular activity on border waters with varied success.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring area lakes, forest roads, and public access sites. Fishing remains poor and no snowmobile activity was observed.
CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked anglers this past week. There was very little snowmobiling, and fishing continues to be slow.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) primarily worked anglers and ATVers. Enforcement action was taken on a number of ATV violations.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) monitored ice shelter removal from Virginia-area lakes. Only a few shelters remain, and for the most part, litter from shelter owners has been kept to a minimum.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) checked some anglers out fishing during the weekend and most reported slow fishing. A road-kill deer and fisher were addressed.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports he spent several days patrolling by foot inside the BWCAW. The weather varied greatly from subzero at the beginning of the trip to over 40 degrees at the end. Many of the portages had very little snow and were easy to cross on foot but made hauling a sled nearly impossible.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) reports conditions are still unfavorable for travel by snowmobile and it just might be over unless the area gets some fresh snow that stays.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked on ongoing cases and checked some anglers having limited success.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers on area lakes where ice conditions vary greatly from 24 inches to none, where there is moving water. The CO also investigated a waters complaint and processed evidence from closed cases.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked fishing enforcement and answered miscellaneous wildlife-related calls. Snow is almost gone from the lakes and is dropping in the woods. Anglers are reminded to purchase their new angling licenses.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, attended K9 training, met with the county attorney on upcoming court cases, and assisted the county with locating a suspect who fled into the woods.
CO Sarah Grell (Grand Rapids) attended an annual career day fair along with several other law enforcement agencies from the area.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, snowmobiles, and state trails. He also handled a trapping complaint and taught a snowmobile safety class during the week.
CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) worked angling, snowmobiling, and ATVing enforcement. Anglers are reminded to purchase their 2017 angling licenses before heading out on the ice. COs Kittelson and Van Asch worked the 2017 Crane Lake Challenge snowmobile event.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Brookston) spent time during the week conducting follow-up on a case in which two small bear cubs were illegally shot. Charges in the case are pending. Time also was spent monitoring ATVing and fishing activity. A call about a dead bobcat being dumped off an area bridge was investigated.
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth) checked ice-angling activity, monitored fish house removals for litter violations, and checked shore anglers. The officer also assisted with the investigation of the illegal taking of bear cubs out of season.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) worked winter fishing enforcement along the North Shore. Several calls were answered and returned. Complaints were investigated involving possible trespass.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) continued K9 training in the metro area. K9 assistance was given to a sheriff’s office in searching for evidence in a domestic situation. The first bear-related complaint of the year was received. It appeared the bear was just waking up from hibernation with a face full of porcupine quills and was hungry. Compliance with fish house removal looks to be good this year, other than the fact that a house was left at an area public access.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked ice anglers and snowmobilers on area lakes north of Duluth. CO Olson also responded to several injured deer-related calls within the city of Duluth.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked boaters on Lake Superior, with some finding success. Snowmobile trails were checked.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Tim Collette (Crosslake) checked many groups of late-season anglers targeting perch, crappies, and sunfish. Success was fair. Remembering to purchase new angling licenses seemed to be a re-occurring issue, with several anglers found with expired ones. One group packed up and left in a hurry when the officer was seen on the ice. When caught up to and asked why they hadn’t purchased new licenses, they said they remembered after they were already fishing, but stayed, as they didn’t think they would get checked.
CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) took a flight to check activity in the station. During the flight, angling activity was observed. CO Sullivan and CO Jensen landed to make contact. One subject was angling without a license and both parties were cited for possession of controlled substances. CO Sullivan also spoke to approximately 45 students at a Pequot Lakes firearms safety class.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked fishermen and ATVers. CO Hunter also received information about a possible escaped deer.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) checked area lakes for fish houses still out and checked several anglers enjoying the mild weather. She also worked a case of northern pike being taken out of season. CO Ladd also received a couple of calls regarding trespassing, one that involved ATVers on the snowmobile trail.
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity this week included checking fishing activity, patroling the Cuyuna Country State Recreational Area, assisting local law enforcement, handling miscellaneous wildlife issues, and monitoring fish house removal on area lakes.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked sportfishing and all-terrain vehicle enforcement this week. CO Guida also received information about illegal dumping of trees and debris on an aquatic management area. The follow-up investigation revealed a local building contractor had illegally dumped the debris on the state property in an attempt to save time and money. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) worked on arrest reports and submitted those to the county attorney’s office for charging consideration. CO McGowan also monitored ice shelter removal and litter issues.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, snowmobiling, and ATVing activity.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) taught the law portion for the Royalton-area DNR firearms safety class. Area lakes continued to be monitored for shelter removal. Most lakes were clear. Ice conditions continued to deteriorate.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling and trapping activity in the area. The officer continued to attempt to find the owner of a fishing shelter that nearly went through thin ice.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Mike Krauel (Milaca) spent the week checking anglers. CO Krauel would like to remind anglers to get their 2017 licenses before heading out to their favorite fishing spots. He also spent time patrolling for ATV activity.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked ice anglers during the week. CO McGaw also discussed ice safety with area 4-H shooting sports members.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) gave a presentation to a firearms safety class in Buffalo this week. CO Reller also completed an illegal trapping complaint, with charges filed for failing to tend traps and failure to register otters.
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked ice and open-water anglers. Violations were found for no angling license and for fishing for a species during the closed season.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked mainly fishing activity on metro-area lakes and attended a meeting at the Lao Family Center with Hmong community members for recruiting. He also investigated a deer gut pile complaint in Bloomington and patrolled Ft. Snelling State Park.
CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) reports a trespass case was investigated and another dead swan has turned up in the same area as several others found earlier in the winter.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week patrolling fishermen and monitoring the remaining ice shelters on station lakes. CO Grewe also continued to do detection training with his K9 partner, Shelby.
CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) spent the week prepping for spring. She also checked the few anglers who were still venturing out on area lakes despite diminishing ice along shorelines. CO Leuthardt also had a ride-along with an individual hoping to join the DNR ranks during the next CO academy.
CO Tim Maass (Osseo Station) reports time was spent assisting with the investigation of a dumping complaint. CO Maass also assisted with a call in Brooklyn Center.
CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) dealt with several fish houses on Lake Minnetonka that were still on the deteriorating ice. Enforcement action was taken for litter left on the ice.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked anglers and watercraft on the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. He also attended a license fee increase meeting at Cabela’s in Woodbury.
CO Jake Willis (Maplewood) checked anglers and responded to TIP calls during the past week. Anglers are reminded that their 2016 licenses expired at the end of February.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent time checking anglers and patrolling wildlife management areas. He handled several nuisance animal-related calls and continued working on cases from the deer season.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) spent time this last week working angling activity, ATV/OHM enforcement, and conducting commercial minnow dealer inspections. A deer management meeting was attended in Montevideo. With warmer weather during the weekend, many individuals were found recreating by ATV and OHM. CO Gutzwiller would like to remind the public that a person under 18 years of age cannot ride as a passenger or as an operator of an all-terrain vehicle on public land, public waters, or on a public road right of way unless wearing a safety helmet.
CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Benson) reports focusing enforcement efforts on angling and recreational vehicle activity. The officer saw large portions of some area lakes open up, with the remaining ice extremely unsafe.
CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) checked anglers and ATVers throughout the week. Several questions were answered involving spring turkey season.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports that area ice has deteriorated rapidly and has become unsafe. Those who venture onto late-season ice should bring with them the needed safety equipment.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored ATVing, ice fishing, and commercial minnow and trapping activities during the week.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) worked trapping and predator hunting. He also worked on commercial license inspections, a possible wetland violation, and an ATV complaint.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent time checking anglers trying to get out ice fishing one last time for the year. Other time was spent checking ATVers out and about with the warm weather.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) spent the majority of his time checking shore anglers in the area. One angler was able to catch four walleyes. However it happened to be after the season closed.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) worked angling, trapping, and ATVing enforcement this week. He also met with a local sporting club representative to review plans for handicapped-accessible hunting opportunities.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) continued to investigate a shining complaint. Additional time was spent checking angling and ATVing activity.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) reports that he attended the Des Moines Valley Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association banquet. He also worked a litter complaint and noted other wildlife management areas and public accesses with litter dumped as well. CO Gruhlke responded to a complaint about a dead deer in the backyard of a residence in Jackson and a complaint about operating motor vehicles off-road in a WMA.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) talked about laws and ethics at two firearms safety classes this week.
CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked angling, trapping, ATVing, and snowmobiling activity this week. Poor ice conditions made for a slow end to the walleye season.
CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato) patrolled for boaters and fishermen on the river. CO VanThuyne also worked light goose hunters, state park enforcement, and inspected taxidermists.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) reports several lakes have opened up, allowing anglers to take advantage of shore fishing.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked anglers, small-game hunters, and ATV operators during the week. A restoration order was issued on a wetland case.
CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) spent the week following up on investigations. CO Henke also monitored fishing activity on lakes and rivers in the area.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Phil George (Rochester) conducted a shooting range inspection and followed up on cases from the deer season.
CO James Fogarty (La Crescent) investigated damage to property on state forest lands. CO Fogarty also gave a law talk to the Houston firearms safety class.
CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota) reports interviewing hunters who committed violations during the fall deer season. CO Hill also encountered multiple ATVers with registration and equipment issues and reminds riders to double-check their machines for compliance before heading out to ride.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports investigating deer-feeding complaints in the feeding ban area. Time was spent on trespass complaints regarding shed hunters.
CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) checked anglers and followed up on big-game investigations. Several CWD feeding ban complaints were investigated.