Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Dec. 1, 2017
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) did follow-up on deer-season cases and prepared for trapping season by removing several cubby boxes left on public land to pre-empt trapping spots.
CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked big-game, angling, and ATV/snowmobile enforcement. Anglers are starting to venture onto the lake, but ice is inconsistent, and individuals should use extreme caution.
CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) reports focusing on angling enforcement. Anglers were checked on Upper Red Lake, and assistance was given with several ice rescues. There is still open water and large cracks throughout the lake, making for unsafe travel in several locations.
CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette East) focused primarily on ice-fishing activity on Upper Red Lake. CO Mishler also responded to a shooting from the road/trespassing complaint.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) completed investigations from the firearms deer season. Calls were taken regarding the upcoming muzzleloader season. CO Vollbrecht assisted the county with a medical call and started a background investigation on a CO candidate.
CO Steve Chihak (Moorhead) spent time checking small-game hunters and ice anglers. Four to five inches of ice on small, shallow lakes and ponds was reported.
CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) reports complaints about inappropriate disposal of deer carcasses and shining were received. CO Warren assisted the local sheriff’s office and police department with an individual who fled on foot from a vehicle.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) followed up on deer carcass-dumping complaints where one of the locations also had a hog carcass with an ear tag attached. An investigation is ongoing in tracking the ear tag to its owner. The officer responded to a call about two deer hanging in a shed, but when she arrived it was found to be a hog that was butchered, and two halves were hanging. CO Plautz also checked area pheasant hunters and muzzleloader hunters. An investigation is ongoing to find the owner/driver who intentionally chased a deer down a road, eventually hitting and killing the deer.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) reports a fisherman tried pressing his luck by putting out a large wheelhouse on Pelican Lake by Ashby. The fish house broke through the ice.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) worked follow-up from the past deer season with continued trespassing complaints. Some suspects were caught on trail cameras.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on pheasant hunters and muzzleloader deer season opener. Ice is very dangerous on area lakes and ponds. Information was received and investigated regarding several cases this week of illegally imported deer from other states into Minnesota.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts were focused on checking deer hunters, pheasant hunters, trappers, fishermen, and ATV operators. The officer also investigated complaints about shooting at deer from a motor vehicle.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) worked the muzzleloader deer season opener. Quite a few hunters were out enjoying the warmer weather. CO Parthun began work on a background investigation of an applicant for a conservation officer position.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked deer hunters and ice anglers. Small lakes in the area have 3 to 6 inches of ice. Warm weather the past week has kept the large lakes from having sufficient ice for foot travel.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked the muzzleloader deer opener.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO John Slatinski (International Falls) reports time was spent following up on cases from the firearms deer season. The CO also took calls about accidentally trapped animals.
CO Colleen Adam (Ray) checked on pine marten/fisher-trapping activity, muzzleloader deer hunters, and ice-fishing/shelter activities.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) assisted with a call about four individuals who were succumbing to carbon monoxide poisoning. Follow-up was done on a spruce top theft case from last week.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) checked a few anglers on area lakes. Ice thickness ranges from 3 to 7 inches. Some dark houses were out.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked trapping, small-game hunting, and fishing activity during the week. The officer also checked a couple of muzzleloader hunters and reminds people to wear their blaze orange.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) finished work on some deer-related complaints. Time also was spent starting a background investigation on a possible new hire.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked trapping and ice-fishing activity during the week and followed up on big-game cases from the firearms deer season.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) worked on completing cases from the deer season, checked trappers, and checked muzzleloader hunters. Enforcement action was taken for hunting deer without a license, wanton waste, and possessing firearms when prohibited.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) and his K9 partner, Si, responded to K9 requests. They also assisted the county in locating a suspect who left the scene of a motor vehicle accident and conducted an area search for possible firearms hid in the woods.
CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) focused mainly on big-game hunting and trapping activity in the area.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth) followed up on trespassing complaints from deer season and dumping complaints. The officer also fielded calls about muzzleloader-related issues, archery equipment use, classic snowmobile registration, and a call about antler point restrictions.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) followed up on violations and complaints from the firearms deer season and investigated several illegal dumped carcasses throughout the area.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) spent time working on calls and complaints from the firearms deer season. Trespassing and deer-dumping complaints are still being reported in the area. Enforcement action was taken on one individual after he was found hunting grouse without a license.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked deer hunters and herring netters. Marten/fisher trappers were checked while setting traps on a cold opener. A call was taken about unattended tip-ups in a neighboring station. After a brief wait by the CO, the anglers returned to retrieve their tackle and received some education as well.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Tim Collette (Crosslake) finished investigations and filed reports from deer season activity, checked trappers, and monitored early ice fishing activity.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked on a background investigation and continued big-game hunting investigations. CO Guida also continued to investigate cases of dogs chasing deer after receiving information from archery and firearms deer hunters. Game camera photos captured the dogs moments after deer ran through the area.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) reports follow-up was done on a big-game case in which a deer was shot with an arrow across a road and left there after being field-dressed. The suspect did not have a license to hunt deer.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) took a call regarding an occurrence he hadn’t encountered in 25 years of his career. A large doe deer ran full speed into the side of a large corn chopper while the farmer was traveling on a road. The deer was killed on impact, yet the investigation continues as to a motive. Theories abound, as the corn chopper was a John Deere …
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) took several calls at the close of firearms deer season involving dumped deer carcasses found on public and private lands. Those hunters that have been caught leaving deer carcasses on public land, or another person’s private land, have been cited for littering and sometimes trespassing.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) spoke with a homeowner who had a fire ring in the backyard full of garbage and previously burnt garbage. The homeowner said it must have been his roommates burning and that he would talk to them. CO Kuske was working on deer season license investigations, stopped at a hunter’s house and also found his fire ring full of garbage being burned. Both homeowners learned it’s more expensive to burn garbage than to bring it to the landfill.
CO Frank Rezac (St. Cloud) reports checking pheasant hunters and muzzleloader deer hunters. Cases were investigated involving trespass, illegal possession of furbearing animal, hunting deer over bait, and shooting big game from the roadway.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Phil Mohs (Center City) took several trespassing-related calls. Time also was spent working on a background investigation.
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked hunters and ATVers. Several animal-related complaints were received, and many complaints were called in regarding illegally dumped deer carcasses.
CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) worked the muzzleloader opener and checked anglers, trappers, and small-game hunters. Site inspections were done on potential wetland violations.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) spent the week following up on numerous deer hunting complaints and tips. Waterfowl hunters reported seeing a lot of ducks on Lake Waconia as the season wrapped up. A duck hunter claimed to have shot a long-tailed duck on Waconia.
CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) reports a call was received about someone possibly keeping wild animals without a rehabber’s license.
CO Tim Maass (Osseo) investigated a property damage/trespassing complaint. Time also was spent investigating a trespassing and hunting over bait complaint.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Chelsie Leuthardt (White Bear Lake) spent time checking small-game, big-game and waterfowl hunters. CO Leuthardt saw a number of hunters taking advantage of mild temperatures. She responded to numerous calls regarding areas open to waterfowl hunting and assisted neighboring officers regarding hunting complaints.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) assisted a neighboring officer who was investigating a case regarding the illegal taking of big game.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) investigated a deer carcass-dumping complaint and responded to a TIP complaint regarding possible big game violations.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) spent time working waterfowl, deer hunting, and angling activity. Investigations were conducted regarding shooting at big game from a roadway, chasing big game with a motor vehicle, and possession of alcohol on a WMA.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking hunters and conducting investigations. Assistance was given to Jackson County officers in arresting two individuals.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports that warm weather has deteriorated ice conditions, killing any hopes of ice fishing. It also has kept the geese around as they have lots of open-water areas to choose from.
CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Benson) worked the muzzleloader opener during the weekend and checked archery deer hunters during the week.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) worked the muzzleloader season and checked hunters participating in a Sibley State Park muzzleloader hunt.
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) took complaints regarding deer feeding, trespass, and shining. CO Vernier also answered calls regarding disability permits and wetland regulations.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield)reports a few fishermen were checked as they were out on the ice. They had their ice safety gear with them and checked the ice thickness many times on their way out from shore.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) reports a busy opening weekend of the muzzleloader season was worked, with hunters experiencing great weather and deer activity. Enforcement action was taken for trespassing onto agricultural land and transport of loaded firearms.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked hunting, trapping, and ATVing enforcement this week. The officer reports a busy weekend with the end of the 3B and start of the muzzleloader deer seasons.
CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) continued monitoring deer, duck, and small-game hunting activity.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) assisted officers in southeast Minnesota with deer season 3B. Time also was spent checking trappers and pheasant hunters.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers as well as deer, pheasant, and waterfowl hunters. In addition, trapping activity was monitored.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) reports a TIP complaint of shooting after legal hours was received, investigated, and the offender was cited for the violation.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) followed up on complaints of deer hunters using rifles and not wearing orange.
CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) spent the week checking deer and goose hunters. Big-game hunters reported seeing small deer, with many choosing to wait for more mature animals.
CO Kylan Hill (Zumbrota) reports a parent was cited for allowing her 14-year-old son to drive a Class 2 ATV on the highway. The juvenile also had a loaded shotgun with him.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports duck hunters, fishermen, and a few trappers were contacted during the week.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working the 3B deer season as well as the muzzleloader opener. Trespass complaints were up, as were complaints about shooting from the road. Complaints about shining and shooting also were received. CO Boyum rode along with a combine driver who stated he observed a black bear in standing corn. After a few combine passes, the bear emerged from the corn and ran across the field.