Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars – Nov. 3, 2017
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked area duck hunters before and during the recent freeze-up.
CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) responded with CO Huener to a call about a stranded motorist in the Beltrami Island State Forest. The COs were able to locate the motorist and provide assistance. The individual was hunting grouse when he lost control of his vehicle and ended up going down a steep ditch.
CO Nick Prachar (Baudette) assisted county sheriff’s office officials with the search for a potentially missing hunter. Crews searched for more than two hours in inclement weather before learning that the hunter had parked his car and walked into the woods a few miles to a camp. It is a good idea to let someone know where you are going and when you plan on coming back.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) reports a shining detail was worked with area officers.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) assisted a neighboring officer with interviews of suspects in a dumping/littering case. CO Regas also investigated a report about a deer that was found in a road ditch. The reporting party thought it had been shot. Further examination showed the deer had been struck by a car.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending time checking archery deer hunters and working after-dark complaint sites.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) assisted at two firearms safety classes. He also prepared for the upcoming firearms deer season and released a wolf unharmed from a legal coyote set.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) attended a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency meeting regarding regulations that may affect wild rice.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports attending a meeting to discuss the upcoming background phase of the CO hiring process. CO Vinton also was a guest speaker at the Perham Sportsmen’s Club’s annual chili feed and fund-raiser.
CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked waterfowl-hunting activity, with cooler weather bringing in a few more birds. Small-game and pheasant hunting checks were performed. Angling and boating activity was worked. A call about dead swans, a deer-stand complaint, and a possible illegal taking of deer was investigated.
CO Bill Landmark (Pelican Rapids) completed follow-up on hydraulic jet violations, with over 90 percent of these devices being in violation. The officer would like to remind owners that hydraulic jets cannot be operated in a manner that excavates the bottom or destroys aquatic vegetation.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) completed a waterfowl-hunting case that included violations for shooting from a motor vehicle, transporting loaded shotguns, hunting waterfowl without a license, hunting waterfowl with unplugged shotguns, and wanton waste. CO Plautz also responded to multiple trespass calls.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) reports the first snowfall of the year was encountered in Grand Marais, with close to a foot of snow.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) worked deer-hunting activity in both the Alexandria and Osakis stations this week. A case was completed, with citations issued and the seizure of deer meat.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on pheasant hunter activity, archery deer hunters, waterfowl hunters, and fall angling. CO Anderson received and investigated a complaint regarding a possible fish overlimit case in the Wheaton area.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts were focused on checking fishermen, waterfowler, and small-game hunters. Additional time was spent dealing with hunter harassment complaints, deer season questions, and concerns about deer being taken illegally.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) checked the first snowmobilers of the season, when several inches of snow fell in the Lake George area. CO Parthun also concluded some wetland violation cases, assisted with a personal injury vehicle rollover accident, and checked small-game hunters and archery deer hunters.
CO Chelsey Best (Remer) worked on preparing for the deer season. Multiple baiting complaints were investigated, and some were documented. Hunter-harassment claims were investigated, and wildlife permits were issued. Enforcement action was taken for failing to display ATV registration and no site tag in possession.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked deer-shining complaints. One deer was found shot and left in a field.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports 12 current local volunteer firearms safety instructors were honored with length of service awards at the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association’s Trails End chapter’s fall banquet and the St. Thomas Aquinas, Knights of Columbus hunters banquet. Total combined years of instruction for the 12 instructors exceeded 200-plus years, with one instructor volunteering for 45 years
CO John Slatinski (International Falls) took a report about an injured snowy owl near an area business. The bird was captured, and arrangements were made with a volunteer driver to have it transported for evaluation at a rehab facility. CO Slatinski worked with DNR Forestry on a resource theft incident and assisted the State Patrol with a semi-truck that spun out, tipping the trailer over on Hwy. 53 and blocking both lanes of traffic during the first major snowfall of the season. The CO also monitored trapping activity on the opening day of the water trapping season in the northern zone
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) spent the week working hunters and trappers. The deer herd looks to be in good shape for the upcoming season. The officer took a complaint about the destruction of public property, and an investigation is ongoing. A dog was caught in a foothold trap, but was released without harm.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) patrolled the Virginia area for deer-baiting activity. Numerous baits were located, marked via GPS, and photographed.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) attended court from a past birch-cutting case. A complaint about road hunters shooting from roads and onto private property was worked.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Marty Stage (Ely) checked some of the remaining duck hunters and found a few trappers. The area received a lot of heavy snow, and some of the small ponds are beginning to freeze over.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports a quiet week as about 10 inches to a foot of snow fell at the higher elevations along Lake Superior. The snow has shown that deer are on the move, and that a fisher made a meal of a snowshoe hare.
CO Mary Manning (Grand Marais) took a report about a dog chasing deer and spoke with the pet owner. CO Manning also checked state wildlife management areas, state forest land, and private property for deer bait and illegal stands
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) checked on small-game hunters throughout the week. He also followed up on baiting and trespass complaints, as the first winter storm hit the North Shore area.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports searching for deer-baiting violations. If you know of baited stands, please call TIP or your local CO. Additionally, a formal complaint was filed for criminal damage to property of state enforcement equipment.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) met with the county attorney, investigated baiting complaints, and attended K9 training. Waterfowl success was on the down side this week.
CO Sarah Grell (Grand Rapids) continued to work on ongoing cases, including deer-baiting complaints and bough-harvesting issues.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) worked several complaints and calls that involved archery deer hunting. Some included possible trespass or failing to retrieve deer. Many people were out during the weekend at hunting shacks, which resulted in several contacts of ATV riders and grouse hunters.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) received numerous calls with questions about the upcoming firearms deer season. A talk about deer-hunting regulations was given to a beginner deer hunter class put on by the area extension office. Extra park patrols continue in Jay Cooke State Park, where enforcement action was taken for not having vehicle permits. K9 assistance was given to the State Patrol with a high-risk stop of a suspected stolen vehicle on the interstate highway. The subject was taken into custody without incident.
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth) worked deer-shining activity and investigated a deer shot on a farm field. Christmas tree-harvesting complaints are picking up, and ATV complaint areas were worked. The officer followed up on a deer-baiting complaint and assisted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with a wolf investigation.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) helped district officers with a trespass complaint and illegally killed deer west of Duluth.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Tim Collette (Crosslake) fielded questions about the upcoming deer season. He also took calls about the illegal posting of public land, permanent stands on state forest land, tampering with a dam that maintains a lake level, and of somebody burning a large pile of fiberglass material.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked big-game enforcement this week. Calls were received about illegal permanent deer stands located on Crow Wing County tax-forfeited and state wildlife management area lands. The Crow Wing County land use ordinance violations were forwarded to the Crow Wing County Land Department.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) worked several hunting-related cases, including shooting from a roadway, decoys left overnight, and several trespass complaints. She fielded several calls about the wildlife feeding ban that is in effect for all of Aitkin County and surrounding areas.
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports working shining and hunter trespass issues, checking waterfowl hunting and fishing activity, responding to complaints involving wetland filling, nuisance bears and beavers, the CWD feeding ban issues, and responding to numerous calls and issues surrounding the upcoming firearms deer season. Deer hunters are reminded that all deer taken in Crow Wing and Aitkin counties during the first two days of the firearms deer season this coming weekend are required by law to be taken to one of the CWD sampling stations.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked fishermen, boaters, ATVers, and hunters. CO Hunter received a complaint about people using ATVs and trucks to shine lights into a field. COs Hunter and Parthun waited in the field for the person to return. The people did return, but were not deer hunting. They were looking for a cow that escaped from its coral. The cow could not be captured and therefore had to be put down.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Cuyuna SRA) reports a call about a deer being shot on someone’s property and shot out of season was investigated.
CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) worked big-game complaints most of the week. One investigation ended with a search warrant at a residence where illegal big game and fish were seized.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) checked small-game and archery deer hunters. Enforcement action was taken for camping in a WMA without a permit. Reports of stands being left overnight in WMAs were documented. CO Speldrich also spent time talking with firearms deer hunters who made it to their hunting properties despite the snow. CO Speldrich also spent time compiling documentation for forfeiture of a vehicle that was used in a gross misdemeanor case during last year’s firearms deer season. The suspects were found guilty of trespass, gross misdemeanor transporting an illegally taken big-game animal, and shining.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) reports a couple of illegal fires were investigated, with enforcement action taken for no permit and burning prohibited materials.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) met with several landowners regarding trespassing complaints and spent time working on complaints about wolves killing cattle. Area state parks were busy with youth deer hunters participating in special hunts.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week answering questions about the upcoming deer season and issued numerous car-kill deer permits. Several calls were taken regarding questions and concerns about trespassing neighbors.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) patrolled area WMAs and state forests, checking hunters. A complaint about using a rifle to shoot a deer out of season and trespassing were investigated, with charges pending regarding both.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) handled calls about hunter trespass, a raptor caught in a trap, a pheasant game farm inspection, and portable deer stands left in WMAs. TIP calls about archery deer not being tagged or registered were investigated, with citations issued and resulting in hunting privileges being revoked. A group of waterfowl hunters called in about being harassed by a local landowner who disrupted their hunting. The landowner accused them of trespassing, even though they were floating in public waters. The landowner was located and cited for hunter harassment. A TIP call about several illegal deer hanging in a homeowner’s cooler was investigated. When CO Kuske asked the homeowner how many deer he had hanging, he said none, but surprisingly when he opened the cooler door, an untagged and unregistered deer was hanging there.
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre), while on patrol, conducted a traffic stop and found that the driver had a loaded crossbow next to him. The driver also had several other issues, including a license violation, registration violation, an equipment violation, an alcohol violation, and he was on probation.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Phil Mohs (Center City) reports a TIP call was received regarding deer carcasses being dumped in a road ditch. The investigation resulted in enforcement action being taken.
CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) investigated illegal fires, checked anglers and hunters, and followed up on trespass and wetland violation complaints.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) gave a presentation to a youth snowmobile safety class in St. Michael.
CO Mike Krauel (Milaca) spent time checking small-game hunters and archery hunters, and following up on burning complaints.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) received a call about cougar tracks found at the Vermillion Highlands WMA in Dakota County. A possible case of shooting waterfowl during the closed season case was resolved. The allegations were unfounded. A yearling moose was spotted crossing a road in Orono.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking waterfowl hunters, archery hunters, and following up with complaints. CO Grewe also attended training with K9 Shelby.
CO Tim Maass (Osseo) spent the week working waterfowl and small-game hunters. Time also was spent investigating a trespassing complaint and a possible illegal hunting complaint.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) took a TIP call in Bloomington on a fishing violation and investigated a deer case in north Minneapolis.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) reports fielding many questions about the upcoming firearms deer season. He assisted a neighboring officer with investigating a possible big-game violation and handled several calls regarding nuisance animals.
CO Jake Willis (Maplewood) fielded TIP calls regarding waterfowl and archery deer season. Preparations were made and questions were fielded regarding the upcoming firearms deer season.
CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) patrolled Anoka County for waterfowl-hunting activity. CO Salzer also patrolled Carlos Avery for hunting activity and checked several groups of waterfowl hunters.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) focused enforcement efforts on angling, archery deer hunting, pheasant hunting, and waterfowl hunting.
CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Benson) reports area farmers are harvesting corn rapidly but much of it still remained standing as of last weekend.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking hunters and conducting investigations. Enforcement action was taken for shooting after hours, trespass, and license/stamp violations.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) assisted the aviation unit with big-game activities. More migratory ducks and geese arrived with the cold, windy weather.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) checked waterfowl hunters and followed up on a trespassing complaint. Time also was spent on questions related to the upcoming firearms deer season.
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) worked pheasant and waterfowl-hunting activity. He also assisted with a district work crew. CO Vernier assisted Kandiyohi County deputies with a fight call, spent time on an ATV complaint, and followed up on a possible wetland violation.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) reports baited areas are being checked for hunting activity, and hunters are reminded that in this area there is in a feeding ban as well. Trespassing complaints and people leaving stands in wildlife management areas are being investigated.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) reports charges are pending related to the taking of ducks during a closed season, wanton waste, and the taking of pelicans.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) patrolled his area, checking activity relating to waterfowl, angling, archery deer, pheasants, and other small-game activity.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) checked waterfowl and small-game hunters this week. Cold weather brought some new waterfowl into the area, primarily redheads and ringnecks.
CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) spent time working waterfowl hunters, archery deer hunters, and upland bird hunters. CO Henke also answered numerous questions about the upcoming firearms deer season.
CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked angling, duck hunting, ATVing, bowhunting, and trapping activity. Time was spent responding to wildlife- and trespass-related complaints.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) reports a trespassing complaint was investigated in Dodge County. The officer also assisted other law enforcement agencies in searching for a suspect who was located and arrested.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking deer and fall turkey hunters. Deer hunting success has increased with the cooler weather. Time also was spent checking trappers and small-game hunters. A complaint about free-roaming dogs was taken.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports there were three instances in which people had conflicts with others while trying to get antlers from road-killed deer. In one case, one of the parties realized law enforcement had been called, so he left the area.
CO James Fogarty (La Crescent) checked waterfowl and archery deer hunters. CO Fogarty checked waterfowl hunters in pools 8 & 9 of the Mississippi River. Good numbers of ducks were seen. Enforcement action was taken on no federal stamp, fail to drain water related equipment, and illegal possession of a road kill deer. Please remember to get a permit if you wish to pick up a road kill deer.
CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) reports checking waterfowl and archery hunters. Additional time was spent giving various presentations to youth groups.
CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) spent the week patrolling for and checking waterfowl hunters. The colder weather brought many migrators into the area, and many hunters were checked with a limit of ducks.