Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars – Oct. 20, 2017

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) reports enforcement contact was made regarding two parties of hunters being cited for failing to make any effort to retrieve migratory game birds. CO Huener also testified in an arson case.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) investigated a litter complaint in which a deer carcass and other garbage were dumped on private land. A ride-along was hosted, numerous car-struck deer permits were issued, and a state wildlife management area violation was investigated in which shooting lanes and food plots were established.

CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck North) reports checking anglers, as well as small-game, archery deer, and bear hunters.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending time checking waterfowl hunters and archery deer hunters. Time also was spent contacting anglers, small-game hunters, and bear hunters. Possession permits for deer were issued, and commercial minnow-trapping activity was monitored.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling activity on area lakes. CO Vollbrecht also checked several limits of walleye and observed a good crappie bite on small area lakes.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) worked big- and small-game hunting enforcement during the week. CO Holt also checked recreational vehicle activity in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. Time was spent following up on complaints involving hunter harassment and trespassing.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) spent time on small-game and waterfowl-hunting activity. Pheasant opener was worked, with most hunters finding a bird or two.

CO Bill Landmark (Pelican Rapids) spent the week monitoring waterfowl hunting, pheasant hunting, deer baiting, and angling in the Pelican Rapids and Moorhead stations. Assistance was given to a neighboring officer with an interview and a search warrant. Enforcement action was taken for hunting pheasants without a small-game license.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) spent the week working primarily waterfowl enforcement and pheasant opener. Multiple hunting complaints were worked, and the CO assisted with a search warrant in Otter Tail County.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) turned in a completed background investigation and handled trespass calls. An injured hawk was taken care of as well.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) reports nuisance-beaver complaints were received and handled, with all of the complainants willing to wait until the beaver-trapping season begins to address the problems.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports a citizen complaint regarding a dumped deer carcass resulted in a citation for unregistered deer. CO Lawler observed an angler off a public pier using two poles for walleye fishing. The subject had no idea when asked about the number of lines he could use. Two was his best guess. A citation was issued.

CO Steve Chihak (Wheaton) spent the week working sportfishing, small-game hunting, waterfowling, and deer hunting. Time also was spent working a busy pheasant opener.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on the opening weekend of pheasant season, waterfowl hunting complaints, and fall angling activity. Pheasant hunters checked reported spotty success. A request to speak at an upcoming Morris snowmobile safety class was received.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts were focused on checking fishermen, ATV operators, bowhunters, waterfowl hunters, and small-game hunters. Calls were handled regarding nuisance animals, beaver problems, and an escaped deer from a deer farm.

District 4 – Walker area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) finalized two wetland violation cases. CO Parthun also checked waterfowl hunters and archery deer hunters, and worked a special youth hunt in Itasca State Park.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked waterfowl hunters, grouse hunters, and anglers. Deer-related investigations continue. Enforcement action was taken for timber theft and fishing during a closed area.

CO Chelsey Best (Remer) assisted with a wolf-related call and a separate call regarding a wounded bear, both in the Crosslake station. CO Best also worked several ongoing baiting cases. Enforcement action was taken for numerous ATV violations and hunting deer over bait. CO Best is putting together an ATV/snowmobile instructor certification course in the coming weeks. If you are interested in becoming an instructor for either of those courses, please call CO Best at (218) 553-1638.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring angling, boating, AIS, hunting, and ATVing activity. CO Broughten also investigated fishing and hunting violations.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) attended Old Wadena Conservation Days for Staples fifth-graders. CO Halverson also is investigating a wanton waste case in which a large number of shot/uncleaned waterfowl were dumped in Lyons State Forest. The waterfowl were contained in bags marked with the names Greg, Jeff, and Conrad. Anyone with info should call Turn In Poachers.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports time spent checking grouse hunters, fishermen on the Rainy River, and ATV enthusiasts.

CO John Slatinski (International Falls) reports taking several questions in regards to the upcoming deer seasons. CO Slatinski also met with the Forestry Division in regards to illegal stands and excessive shooting lanes being maintained.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring angling and hunting activities. ATV use and public access sites continue to be monitored, and decorative tree sales were checked.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) reports with cooler weather and leaves dropping, he observed more grouse this week. The CO also worked an illegal firearm transport case. There were a few bear-related complaints, and hazing efforts seemed to have worked to solve the problem. An individual was cited for illegally destroying a beaver dam, causing a loud explosion, and disturbing his neighbors.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked ongoing hunting seasons, anglers, and ATVers, and investigated a deer taken out of season and a forest product theft complaint. A trio of duck hunters with numerous violations were aiming at two trumpeter swans, but the swans didn’t continue on the potentially deadly flight path.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) checked a few grouse and duck hunters and one last bear hunter. Complaints about beaver activity continue to come in. Few trappers have expressed interest in trapping them once the season opens near the end of the month. The CO found several truckloads of litter that were dumped off a forest road north of Buhl. Several pieces of mail were found in the pile, making finding the people who placed it that much easier.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked grouse hunters and some designated trout lake anglers.

CO Mary Manning (Grand Marais) participated in an ATV work detail on the North Shore, checking grouse hunters, ATV operators, and anglers. The officer also handled nuisance-bear reports, took a report about a legally taken moose, and assisted Cook County with a firearms complaint at a cabin.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) coordinated and worked an area saturation of conservation officers focusing on small game and waterfowl hunting, as well as ATVing activity in the area. CO Schottenbauer was also asked to investigate a headless moose that was dumped in the woods. CO Schottenbauer checked the area and found a horse carcass.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked small-game, archery deer, and the close of the bear season during the weekend. Hunters are finding that grouse are easier to spot now.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) worked an ATV detail along the North Shore, checked anglers, responded to TIP complaints, and handled wildlife-related calls. Enforcement action was taken for transporting loaded firearms, illegal transport of game birds, and failing to display valid registration on an ATV.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked archery deer and waterfowl hunters, and late-season anglers. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines and not having navigational lights on after sunset on a watercraft.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth) followed up on numerous nuisance-bear complaints, along with other various other animal-related complaints. A hunter-harassment complaint was investigated, and trespassing complaints were handled. Baiting complaints have begun, along with shining issues. ATV use permits were issued, and questions about the upcoming deer season were handled.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) investigated trespass complaints and checked small-game, waterfowl, and deer hunters.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked the TIP Wall of Shame display at an outdoor expo in Moose Lake. K9 Schody was used to help check a DNR building where the door was open and it was believed to be a possible break-in. The building was cleared and re-secured after no one was found inside. A trespass complaint was received and is under investigation

Lake Superior Marine Unit

CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) responded to a complaint about late shooting near Caribou Lake. Three hunters checked, with multiple violations noted, resulting in an educational opportunity for young waterfowl hunters.

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and small-game hunters on another beautiful fall weekend. ATVers were out in full force, and grouse hunters found decent success. Some hunters also chose to mix vehicles, loaded firearms, and open containers of alcohol. Enforcement action was taken.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) investigated a report about a subject transporting water from an area lake. The subject was located and was cited for failing to drain water-related equipment. CO Sullivan also investigated big-game violations and assisted with area firearms and ATV training.

CO Tim Collette (Crosslake) checked fall anglers and worked areas of deer-shining complaints. Assistance was given at a multi-vehicle accident.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) worked shining and baiting complaints, checked fishermen, assisted local law enforcement, and responded to nuisance bear and beaver issues, CWD feeding ban issues, and numerous other questions and complaints.

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) contacted several waterfowl hunters this week, as well as anglers. She patrolled ATV activity and made contact with several juveniles who were not wearing helmets, did not have ATV safety certification, and were operating in areas where they were not permitted to be.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked waterfowl, grouse, and archery deer hunters. A deer-baiting case is under investigation. Time also was spent training.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked hunting activity, which started to pick up. CO Verkuilen also issued car-kill deer tags and monitored ATV complaint areas.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working small- and big-game hunters. Patrol was done in the Solana State Forest for ATV and hunting activity. Watercraft were monitored for AIS as many parties were pulling their boats out of the water for the season. A call was received about a dead eagle, and the bird was picked up and transported to the Garrison vet clinic so it could be transferred to Raptor Center.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) spent the week checking small-game hunters. She also received a call about a bow-killed deer that was left to rot on state property, without any of the meat being harvested. CO Speldrich completed a trespass investigation in which gravel was taken from state property. The CO answered many questions regarding feeding deer, hunting over bait, and what is considered bait. Just because a store sells it doesn’t mean it’s legal to hunt over it. Please read the ingredient list on all deer feed.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) reports assistance was given regarding a shining case, and a reported dead wolf was investigated that turned out to be a dog.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) checked hunters during the final days of the bear season. Several cases were finished up, with enforcement action taken for hunting over unregistered bear baits, unsigned bear baits, transporting untagged bears, and failing to validate site tags.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) followed up on state wildlife management area complaints and assisted the Pine County Sheriff’s Department with traffic stops and a complaint about dogs being stolen from local residents.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) made contact with a hunter training his dog on a WMA. The hunter was warned that the rules are that dogs must be kept under control of the hunter and it is illegal to allow them to run on private, neighboring property. A duck hunter was educated about the baiting laws for waterfowl hunting on the pond in his back field. All feed must be gone 10 days prior to hunting the area to be legal.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time checking waterfowl and pheasant hunters. A district meeting was attended, and a background investigation was completed.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked pheasant opener in Stearns County. Action was slow. Hunter-harassment complaints were taken, as were trespass issues.

CO Frank Rezac (St. Cloud) reports investigating trespass complaints and a case involving taking a protected species.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) checked hunters, anglers, and ATVers. Several calls were taken regarding law clarification, trespassing, and early shooting. Enforcement action was taken for license violations and possession of drugs.

CO Mike Krauel (Milaca) spent the week checking duck hunters and small-game hunters. CO Krauel also followed up on a deer-hunting complaint. Enforcement action was taken for shooting waterfowl late, no life jacket, no small-game license, possession of marijuana, and possession of toxic shot while migratory waterfowl hunting.

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked anglers, hunters, and ATVers. Two trespass complaints were received and investigated.

CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) reports damage at an area WMA was investigated and interviews were conducted.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) reports a busy week checking anglers and hunters. CO Leuthardt responded to a TIP call regarding a closed-season goose hunter and a goose being shot. The suspect claimed to be crow hunting and claimed he never shot a goose. CO Siems was contacted to bring her dog to the area to search for a downed goose. A wounded but alive goose was located. The suspect finally admitted to hunting during a closed season once he was presented with the goose.

CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) continues to focus on waterfowl hunting. A complaint about off-highway motorcycles on the Luce Line Trail was investigated. The riders left obvious tracks all the way back to their residence.

CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) is investigating a public waters violation. Enforcement action was taken for zebra mussel violations on Lake Minnetonka.

CO Tim Maass (Osseo) spent the week working waterfowl hunters and small-game hunters. CO Maass also investigated a TIP call regarding two trumpeter swans that were shot. Enforcement action was taken for the illegal take of nongame birds, possession of toxic shot, and unplugged shotguns.

CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) assisted with recovery efforts involving a plane crash in the Mississippi River.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent the week checking waterfowl, small-game, and archery deer hunters. He also worked an ATV detail along the North Shore.

CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) responded to a capsized boat in the river and lost hunters in the Hampton Woods WMA. He also assisted in getting a bald eagle to rehab.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports spotty success on the pheasant opener. An anonymous TIP call resulted in multiple people being cited for angling with extra lines. The Hwy. 40 fishing pier was shut down due to floodwaters breaking it in half.

CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) completed a background investigation and assisted with the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener was busy, with a great turnout for all the events. Fishermen are finding success when fishing for walleyes.

CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Benson) reports checking hunters and anglers during the week. Pheasant opener brought many hunters to the area who reported moderate success.

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) focused enforcement efforts on angling, archery deer hunting, pheasant hunting, and waterfowl hunting. Pheasant hunters had mixed success.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) worked the pheasant opener and noted some success but overall few birds in the bag. He also checked anglers and worked on commercial investigations.

CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) took calls regarding a deer stand left on WMA property overnight, a deer-dumping complaint, and a fish overlimit complaint.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) checked pheasant hunters over a busy opening weekend. The CO also checked duck hunters, who seemed to be having more success.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) observed an above normal hunter turnout for the pheasant hunting opener. Waterfowl hunters enjoyed success while hunting flooded fields and river backwaters.

CO Dustin Miller (Windom) reports public access points were patrolled, and contact was made with a party in possession of a felony amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) observed someone litter in a river. Upon contact, the subject was found with a can of spray paint and two burritos tucked in his pants. The subject admitted to huffing paint and littering. The officer also stopped OHM operators for operating on public road right of way. One operator had a suspended driver’s license and a warrant for his arrest.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked archery deer, small-game, and waterfowl hunters this week. There are birds in the area, but there is so much surface water, the birds are spread out. Multiple waterfowl violations were detected.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working a busy second opener of the waterfowl season on the Mississippi River. The high water really spread out the ducks and made Saturday less successful than previous years.

CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota) was working shining activity when he observed a car being driven slowly down a dirt road more than two hours past sunset. A spotlight was shined from the passenger window and illuminated CO Hill’s truck. The vehicle then sped off at a high rate of speed. CO Hill stopped the vehicle. When asked what the occupants were doing, the subjects stated, “We were shining for deer and we knew we had messed up when we shined your truck.” Citations were issued.

CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) reports contact was made with an individual who was target shooting in part of a state forest that is closed to target shooting. While the CO talked with the individual, it was discovered that the person had an outstanding warrant for his arrest with Goodhue County. The officer placed the individual under arrest and transferred custody to a local officer for transport to jail.

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