Sunday, February 5th, 2023
Sunday, February 5th, 2023

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Minnesota Cuffs and Collars – Issue 44

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) investigated a dead swan found on Roseau
River WMA and an eagle that had been shot near Wannaska. Anyone
with information on these two incidents is urged to call the TIP
hotline at (800) 652-9093. 

CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) provided assistance to DNR Forestry on
a wildfire investigation.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) provided assistance to
DNR Wildlife staff with the removal of a sick cow moose.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) worked end of season bear
baiting issues.

CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) investigated a trespass complaint where
the parties shot at a grouse in someone’s front yard. The driver of
the vehicle was charged with DWI by the sheriff’s department and CO
Backer charged the shooter with no small game license and
trespassing.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) participated in an interview with a
regional newspaper about the fall hunting seasons.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) checked waterfowl hunters and archery
deer hunters.

CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) reports complaints of trespass,
early/late shooting, and OHM operation were investigated.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) investigated TIP calls involving late
shooting of waterfowl and deer baiting.

CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) investigated a cougar sighting
call. No evidence was found to substantiate the sighting.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) checked a group of four grouse hunters; none
had a small game license.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) spoke with youth pheasant hunters
at the annual Pheasants Forever youth hunt held at the Orwell
Recreation Area.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) checked WMAs and WPAs for illegal deer
stands and bait.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports a litter investigation involving
deer carcasses dumped in a road right of way was completed with a
citation to the responsible party.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) spent the week checking primarily duck
and goose hunters along with some pheasant hunters.

CO Kurt Nelson (Glenwood) reports two hunters in Pope County
rescued a pair of hunters not wearing PFDs whose duck boat had
swamped. Thanks to those two hunters, a tragedy was avoided.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) reports enforcement action was taken
for ATV registration issues and operating in an area with
limitations.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) had the opportunity to meet with hunters
at the Longville MDHA banquet.

CO Larry Francis (Remer) prepared for an upcoming court trial, and
evidence was picked up at the BCA lab.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) displayed the “Goodhue County Buck”
at a local Minnesota Deer Hunters Association banquet.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) is investigating a case where a
squirrel hunter tried smoking out a squirrel from a hollow tree.
DNR Forestry was called in to douse the fire he started.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) handled a trapping
complaint in which a dog got caught in a fox set and critters were
taken from traps.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) assisted with traffic control on a downed
power line in Itasca County. 

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) reports far too many people have also
decided to place bait for deer near their stands. Those people can
expect to meet CO Frericks this upcoming deer season.

CO Dan Starr (Tower) spent a good deal of time on trespass issues,
with four different violations investigated. The increased trend of
having loaded guns on or in a motor vehicle was again apparent last
week.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) investigated complaints of shining,
late shooting and shooting within 500 feet of a building.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) worked in the field cleaning up trash
from unsportsman-like hunters; unfortunately no personal
information about litterbugs was located.

CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) focused efforts on reports of illegal
deer baiting and the two-day early antlerless season.

CO John Velsvaag (Ely) checked grouse and waterfowl hunters over
the week.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) assisted with a drowning on Ball
Club Lake.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) worked with the U.S. Forest
Service on ongoing ATV violations and permanent stand construction
in the Chippewa National Forest this past week.

CO Randy Patten (Northome) reports enforcement action was taken for
shining after legal hours.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked trappers, bough cutting permits,
small game, archery and waterfowl hunters.

District 8 – Cloquet area

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) participated in a radio interview with new
laws and the upcoming deer season being the topic. 

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) took enforcement action for no burning
permit when someone was found burning a large pile of debris in
their yard.

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) met with deer shack owners with
concerns of trespass and one attempt to steal a deer stand on
private property.

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports a very busy weekend in the Duluth
area with the early season deer hunt, additional trapping
opportunities and northern flights of ducks entering the
area.

NE Water Resources Enforcement Officer 2nd Lt Michael Scott issued
several rescind orders and one new Restoration Order. Officer Scott
checked waterfowl and small game hunters in the Carlton/St. Louis
County area. Several waterfowl hunters had good results with limits
of bufflehead, blue bills, and golden eyes in the bag. Small game
hunters were still enjoying a good grouse year with mixed bags of
rabbits and woodcock present.

Marine Unit

Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) took a complaint of
illegal deer baiting. The hunter had just left the stand prior the
Olson’s arrival. Case is under investigation. Sgt. Olson also
talked with several surfers at the Lester River on Sunday. The
strong northeast winds on Lake Superior produced large breaking
surf.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) handled questions on deer baiting
versus feeding. A bowhunter reported seeing a bull moose that was
recently in the Pequot Lakes city limits browsing in an area west
of Jenkins.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked the Camp Ripley archery hunt and
some hunters were checked with bucks weighing over 225 pounds. (See
story, Page 7.)

CO Brent Speldrich (McGregor) took a report of illegal motor use in
a local WMA. The waterfowl hunters were unaware that they couldn’t
use motors in a WMA on their boat.

CO Chad Sherack (Pequot Lakes) worked shining and shots fired
complaints this past week in Cass County. He also found some
anglers having success with walleye and northern pike.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) focused on invasive species prevention
on Gull Lake and along the river. 

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Jim Tischler (Water Resources, Brainerd) checked anglers at
Gull Lake to raise awareness of the zebra mussel infestation.

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked anglers including the full moon
bite on Mille Lacs and some crappie limits on smaller lakes. Some
duck hunters were checked but relatively few considering it was MEA
weekend.

CO Mike Lee (Isle) received a call about a deer that was acting
strange. Upon arrival Officer Lee observed that the deer was blind
in both eyes and was attempting to enter the complainant’s
residence. The deer was dispatched and brought to the Mille Lacs
WMA for possible testing.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) assisted Aitkin County with a felony
warrant arrest and also with finding a lost hunter.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) encourages hunters preparing property
and stands for the upcoming firearms deer season to review trespass
laws as trespassing complaints continue to come in at a steady
pace. 

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) attended the youth clinic held at St.
Croix State Park and worked on equipment maintenance. 

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) continued to see limited success with
duck hunters.

District 11 – Albany area

CO Robert Haberman (Little Falls) continued to work shining
complaints in the area.

CO Keith Bertram (Sauk Centre) took enforcement action for license
violations and lead shot.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) made contact with a pheasant
hunter who was reported through the TIP line for hunting pheasants
before the 9 a.m. legal start time. The hunter was found to have
lead shot in a WPA as well.

CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) reports walleyes are biting on the
Mississippi River with limits of fish being caught and reports of
double tripping TIPs being called in. One angler received a summons
for possessing three smallmouth bass. The season for keeping
smallmouth closed on Sept 12. Another angler received paperwork for
over limit of walleyes, when Officer Martin watched him removing
smaller walleyes from his live well (stringer sorting) and
replacing them with larger fish, after the angler had his
limit.

CO Rhonda Keniston (Long Prairie) assisted with the Camp Ripley Bow
Hunt.

District 12 – St. Cloud area

CO David Schottenbauer (Princeton) spent the week at a firearms
instructor school.

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) wants everyone to know they can’t pick
up road-kill deer and transport them without a permit.

CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports working a baiting case in
the area. The hunter was shooting deer over bait and after
hours. The hunter admitted to the violations. Enforcement action
taken.

CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) spent time working the Rum River State
Forest and Snake River State Forest. Several deer hunters were
found taking naps in their vehicles instead of in the woods due to
the wet weather.    

CO Brian Dobbick (Cambridge) reports enforcement was taken for
insufficient blaze orange along with license/stamp
violations.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Aaron Kahre (Minnetonka) was checking anglers along a popular
spot on Lake Minnetonka when he got to the last lady in the
row. When he asked her for a fishing license, she told the CO it
was an endorsement on the back of her new driver’s license. CO
Kahre informed her that they did not put fishing license
endorsements on driver’s licenses. After the CO convinced the lady
he was sure they didn’t do that, she admitted to not having a
fishing license.

CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) spent time speaking to a class of
snowmobile safety participants.

CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) responded to TIP calls, followed up on
waters violations in Carver County and met with a college student
for a class assignment.

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) worked early antlerless deer season in West
Metro areas. He worked a VIP detail at Fort Snelling State
Park.

CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) attended a meeting at Camp
Ripley. CO Neitzke worked fishing and boating enforcement in Dakota
and Hennepin counties.

CO Todd Kanieski (Osseo) investigated reports of wanton waste of
several geese that were dumped in a roadside ditch.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Tony Salzer (Eagan) patrolled for shining activity in Hennepin
County.

CO Jason Jensen (Metro WREO) flew White Bear Lake and documented
the barren shoreline for historical purposes and for a baseline for
future shoreline cases or complaints.

CO Alex Gutierrez (Forest Lake) worked the busy firearms early
antlerless weekend. Few archery hunters were found without blaze
orange.

CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) spent most of the week working a
TIP call with CO Lee in which one individual admitted to shooting a
doe in the beginning of October with a .22 rifle in a local county
park. In the same case, another individual admitted to shooting a
buck with a .22 rifle and a spotlight. This violation occurred in
the same county park in the middle of September. Enforcement action
was taken.

CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) reports that he worked the early
antlerless and youth deer hunt weekend. Only a few deer and hunters
were seen in Washington County. He checked archery deer and
pheasant hunters as well. CO Johnson conducted a falconry
facilities inspection in New Prague. He spoke to a firearms safety
class in North St. Paul. CO Johnson received two reports of a wild
turkey with a screwdriver in its neck in Maplewood.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) responded to a call where a 10-point
buck and a 12-point buck were discovered dead with their antlers
locked together. The battle had taken place in a standing
cornfield, and judging from the extremely large area of corn that
had been leveled, the battle had raged for a long time.

CO Doug Lage (Marshall) reports an incident regarding shots fired
at other hunters was reported south of Clarkfield. Yellow Medicine
and DNR investigated the incident, finding unethical hunting but no
violations.

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) reports a group of violators caused four
different landowners to complain to them for trespassing. The
trespassers were caught and charged. Enforcement action was taken
for trespass, shoot after hours, fish overlimits, no helmet, and
license/stamp/registration violations.

CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) reports a TIP of a swan being shot
resulted in enforcement action being taken against the shooter of a
trumpeter swan.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jim Steffen (Willmar) spent time on paperwork related to court
proceedings.

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on a complaint that led to
charges pending for shooting an egret.

CO Wayne Hatlestad (Litchfield) spoke at firearms safety classes in
Dassel and LeSueur. 

CO Angela Graham (Hutchinson) worked deer shiners, ATVs, fire
enforcement, and took complaints of trespassing.

CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) is investigating a couple TIP
calls.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) provided information to the Jackson
County Pilot for a story on the opening of the pheasant
season.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) dealt with a car-killed and illegally
shot deer.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) checked shore fishing activity and reports
several individuals were close to their limit.

CO Bob Geving (Mankato) flew a shining flight for D-16
officers.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) responded to a local state park where
an individual had to be removed from the park.

CO Phil George (Mantorville) took a complaint of an illegally taken
deer, followed up on complaints of early shooting and taking
non-game birds while waterfowl hunting, and answered many questions
relating to the upcoming firearm deer seasons.

CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports spending much of the week
working waterfowl enforcement.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Dan McBroom (Rochester) notes the number of geese in Rochester
is increasing every week.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) reports most hunters didn’t realize a
youth firearms deer hunt was going on and didn’t have the required
blaze orange.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports the Mississippi River continues
to get lower and hunters are finding the opportunity to get to hunt
dry land.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports a couple of small game hunters
were arrested for being felons in possession of firearms and for
having a felony drug warrant.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) received complaints of poor trapper ethics
in the area.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports time was spent on a ginseng case
where a subject had harvested ginseng before the season opened.

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