District 1 – Baudette area
CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) addressed an overlimit of fish
incident resulting in enforcement action.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) continued an
investigation regarding a black bear taken out of season and
checked muzzleloader hunters in the area. He also responded to a
call about an injured cow moose in which a hunter believed it to be
hurt to the point it should be put down. After tracking the animal
in the snow for over half a mile without seeing or hearing it ahead
of him, CO Woinarowicz determined it to be healthy enough to live
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) checked muzzleloader hunters and
trappers out on opening weekend for fishers, martens, and
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) checked muzzleloader deer hunters
and trappers. Trespass and incidentally taken fisher issues were
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports a call about a large fish house
going through the ice is being investigated. Calls about
muzzleloader deer hunters using their unused firearms antlerless
permits were received. Hunters are reminded that the antlerless
permit is separate and not transferable between seasons.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) reports a slow start to the
muzzleloader deer season. Trespass, late shooting, and illegal
party hunting complaints were investigated. Two hunters were cited
for hunting in a scientific and natural area.
CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) attended a meeting with the
county attorney, WREO Hanson, and DNR Fisheries to discuss aquatic
plant removal violations.
Water Resource Officer Traci Hanson and DNR Waters staff
inspected shoreline alteration restoration sites. A report of zebra
mussels found in a non-infested lake was investigated. No evidence
was found at this time.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) checked muzzleloader deer
hunters, goose hunters, and trappers. Some anglers are venturing
onto the ice. Questions about the muzzleloader deer season were
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) and a deputy were able to free a deer
that had broken through the ice. The officers broke a path through
the ice, using a canoe and a pry bar, so the deer could get to
shore and out of the water.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) continues to investigate cases and
complaints from the firearms deer season. Pheasant hunters,
trappers, anglers, and muzzleloader deer hunters were checked.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) checked muzzleloader deer hunters,
archery deer hunters, pheasant hunters, trappers, and anglers.
Complaints of trespass, borrowing/lending of a license, and
muzzleloaders with scopes were investigated. The officer assisted
the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department Dive Team rescue a deer
that had fallen through the ice. The dive team used a hovercraft to
get to the deer and bring it to shore.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on
pheasant, waterfowl, and muzzleloader deer-hunting activity. The
officer assisted with a firearms safety field day at the Morris
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) checked muzzleloader hunters who
reported varied success. Officer Parthun conducted follow up on
several earlier violations and met with a local prosecutor to
discuss ongoing cases.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) received calls about people
disturbing other people’s traps.
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on waterfowl and big-game
hunting activity. In addition, he handled a trespass complaint in
the Park Rapids station in which a person called reporting someone
had shot a doe on the land he was leasing. The investigation
revealed that the deer was shot on public land and wandered onto
the leased land where it died. Unfortunately, there was no effort
by the shooter to follow up and determine if the deer actually had
been hit. It appeared that the deer was shot from the road, and
there were no tracks in the snow to indicate the shooter looked for
the deer. At least the deer was found soon enough that it did not
go to waste. Officer Sommers, while monitoring deer-hunting
activity, also encountered a truck stopped in the middle of the
road. As he observed, a gun barrel came out the driver’s window and
the person shot. The subsequent investigation revealed that the
individual was using a rifle on the opening day of muzzleloader
season and the person had no hunting license. The firearm and deer
were seized, and multiple charges are pending.
CO Larry Francis (Remer) continued following-up investigations
regarding deer season cases. Officer Francis met with a local
county attorney in reference to a big-game case. He also received a
complaint about an injured swan that later flew away.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) continues investigations from
firearms deer season and is monitoring muzzleloader deer-hunting
activity. CO Broughten continues to investigate the illegal
shooting of a gray wolf in the Longville area. He also fielded
calls concerning the dumping of deer carcasses and ATVers operating
in closed areas.
CO Shane Siltala (Water Resource Enforcement Officer) checked
muzzleloader hunters during opening weekend and encountered
small-game hunters and trappers. Officer Siltala closed an ongoing
wetland case and opened another regarding a new wetland
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports a snowmobiler broke through thin
ice in a swamp and had to be rescued.
CO Dan Starr (Tower) finished up some cases from the deer season
and worked on some that are still pending. A case of illegal
possession of a road-kill deer was found, and charges are pending.
Deer carcass-dumping continues to be a big problem.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent time following up on cases
stemming from the rifle deer season. Citations and written warnings
were issued to the violators. A few muzzleloading deer hunters were
checked. Numerous citations have been issued for operating an
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) received a call from DNR Forestry that
individuals were seen on state land cutting spruce tops without the
required permits. Three individuals were found to be involved in
the theft, and the tops were seized from a residence. A call about
a trapper trespassing on private land was received.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) finished up work on a few
outstanding cases from the deer season. Charges were filed against
several hunters for shooting from the roadway, trespassing,
shooting within 500 feet of occupied dwellings, and untagged
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) continued following up on
investigations from the deer and bear seasons and met with the
county attorney to discuss cases.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids)
worked Wetland Conservation Act and public waters cases, responding
to restoration order issues. Arhart also checked dark-house
spearing, angling, trapping, and deer-hunting activities.
CO Jeff Koehn (Grand Rapids – OHV specialist) patrolled for OHV
activity. He spent time completing case reports from the firearms
deer season. CO Koehn also investigated a report of illegal
shooting near houses by a group of duck and goose hunters.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) monitored snowmobile activity,
checked anglers, worked trapping complaints, and conducted
follow-up investigations from the firearms deer season.
District 8 – Cloquet area
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) reports continued work on deer
season cases throughout the week. CO Humphrey received many calls
about dumped deer carcasses, deer not being registered, wanton
waste, and trespass. Officer Humphrey assisted the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service with follow-up on a timber wolf shot during deer
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked on investigations from the
firearms deer season. Ongoing investigations are being conducted
regarding hunting deer over bait, unlawful party hunting, hunting
in a state park, and overlimits. One tip the day after the firearms
deer season closed resulted in a felony drug arrest and charges for
untagged deer, borrowing/lending a license, and failing to validate
a license. Two deer were seized in this case. Complaints of deer
carcasses being dumped on private property are being received.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) reports assisting the Duluth Police
Department with an illegal deer-hunting case within the city
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports many muzzleloader hunters were
contacted during the opening weekend of their season. A complaint
of trespassing led Officer Schmidt and Officer Hanzal to discover
an overlimit of antlered deer taken by an individual.
Water Resources Enforcement Officer Mike Scott worked on several
wetland cases with local soil and water conservation district
officials. A site visit was conducted regarding one violation in
which the property owner is working on removing fill from a bog
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) followed up on items
remaining from the firearms deer season. Officer Olson also
conducted a followed-up investigation of a TIP call involving a
dumped deer carcass on private property. Officers are taking
numerous complaints about dumping of deer parts on public
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) reports continued
work on deer cases and commercial netting checks.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) encountered more ice anglers than
muzzleloader deer hunters on Saturday. Warnings were issued for no
fishing license in possession and no ID on a fish shelter. Calls
were received from both ELS agents and deer hunters who are now
hunting with a muzzleloader but have taken another deer with a bow
or rifle earlier. Check the area you are hunting before you head
out. If you’re hunting in a lottery area you’re limited to only one
CO Cary Shoutz (Crosslake) reports muzzleloader season is off to
a slow start with few hunters found in the field. A trespass
complaint was investigated, along with a deer being shot from a
vehicle on private land. Shoutz took several calls from concerned
people about swans frozen in the ice, but upon a closer look, the
swans appeared fine.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) reports that one group of blaze orange
hunters checked in a parking lot was advised that in order to drive
deer to hunters, a muzzleloader license is required.
CO Chad Sherack (Pequot Lakes) checked anglers, hunters, and
trappers this week. Officer Sherack also assisted with an
investigation of an out-of-state deer that was illegally taken and
transported back to Minnesota.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) followed up on investigations
from the firearms deer season. She received a call about someone
shooting from the road near the Wisconsin border. There also were
several calls received related to muzzleloader season and
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) followed up on cases from the
firearms deer season that involved trespassing, hunting without
licenses, hunter harassment, and taking deer in a game refuge.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) took calls about dogs chasing deer,
and people with questions about trespassing.
District 11 – Albany area
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) conducted taxidermy business inspections.
CO Kuske also continued with follow-up investigations involving
cases from the deer season.
CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) checked hunters, anglers, and
completed equipment maintenance during the week. Several car-killed
deer permits were issued, and Officer Martin responded to a
complaint about a local business de-watering a holding pond into
the Sauk River.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked pheasant hunters and the
muzzleloader deer opener. The first anglers of the year showed up
on area lakes. Enforcement action for the week was taken for no
deer license, no pheasant stamp, trespassing, no blaze orange, and
no helmet on a juvenile riding ATV.
District 12 – St. Cloud area
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked ice anglers, bowhunters,
muzzleloader deer hunters, and waterfowl hunters. Violations were
found for hunting deer over bait, using a shotgun/slug during the
muzzleloader season, and no blaze orange.
CO David Schottenbauer (Princeton) responded to a baiting call
in the Milaca area. When he contacted the person who called in the
complaint, CO Schottenbauer found him hunting over bait, as well.
CO Schottenbauer then checked the original stand in question, and
found another hunter in that baited stand. That hunter was in the
same hunting party as the person who called it in. Enforcement
action was taken.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked waterfowl hunters on the
Mississippi River. He issued summonses and written warnings for
recreational trespass, unplugged guns, no HIP certification, and
hunting waterfowl within 500 feet of a dwelling.
CO Brian Dobbick (Cambridge) reports checking a few successful
muzzleloader hunters during the weekend. Time also was spent
checking small-game hunters and trapping activity. A few
individuals were seen venturing onto some area lakes. A reminder to
use caution as ice does not always freeze uniformly.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Aaron Kahre (Minnetonka) worked on a couple of investigations
from the deer season. The CO also checked hunters in Carver and
Scott counties. CO Kahre assisted the water patrol with an
attempted goose rescue on Lake Minnetonka by boat, and then checked
ice fishermen the same afternoon on Minnetonka. The goose managed
to free itself before they arrived.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) patrolled West Metro areas WMAs and
refuges for waterfowl hunters and deer hunters. He also patrolled
Fort Snelling State Park for early season cross-country skiers.
CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) followed up on TIP calls throughout
the week. CO Block also assisted Bloomington police and the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service with a complaint of a bowhunter hunting
in a closed portion of the refuge and within the city of
Bloomington. The hunter was located, along with a deer, resulting
in the seizure of the deer and the hunter’s bow. CO Block met with
an individual regarding property retrieval. The individual was so
excited about getting his property back he forgot that his driver’s
license had been revoked by the state. CO Block also assisted
Hopkins police with a bald eagle that was killed after hitting a
CO Todd Kanieski (Osseo) worked deer hunters and followed up on
poaching investigations. In one case, originating from a TIP call,
the investigation revealed the suspect shot three bucks, two over
the limit. One was shot during the archery season while the other
two were shot during the firearms season. Formal charges are
pending for taking a gross overlimit of deer, along with other
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked muzzleloader hunters and goose
hunters on metro area fields and in wildlife management areas.
CO Travis Muyres (Ham Lake) worked deer hunters during the first
weekend of muzzleloader season. Enforcement action was taken for no
CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) assisted Dakota County deputies with
a deer-hunting trespass violation. CO Johnson seized a deer and bow
from an individual that baited and shot a deer on a roadway in the
city of Maplewood.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) assisted Washington County and
the Lake Elmo Fire Department with a deer stuck on the ice of a
local lake. Unfortunately, the deer didn’t survive the
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) checked ice fishermen, pheasant
hunters, muzzleloader deer hunters, and goose hunters. Enforcement
action was taken for no blaze orange and allowing a 13-year-old to
hunt unsupervised. A young bull moose continues to visit the
Chippewa County area.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports that anglers that are
venturing out are seeing some success. A lot of issues with
portable fish house identification were handled.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week following up on reports
of illegally taken deer from the slug season.
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) responded to numerous complaints
during the weekend, which included injured deer, trespassing, and
CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) reports the muzzleloader opener added
to the number of investigations related to the illegal taking of
deer. Enforcement time was spent checking the increased number of
goose hunters around the Lac qui Parle Refuge.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Angela Graham (Hutchinson) checked deer hunters on the
opening weekend of muzzleloader season. Enforcement action was
taken for trespassing, no pheasant stamp, shooting from the road,
and illegally possessing car-killed deer.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked investigations involving
trapping issues and deer carcass disposal.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) observed and checked pheasant hunters,
deer hunters, trappers, ice fishermen, and waterfowl hunters.
CO Wayne Hatlestad (Litchfield) checked archery and muzzleloader
deer-hunting activity. Additional time was spent checking pheasant
and waterfowl-hunting activity.
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) spent time checking both open-water
anglers and ice anglers.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Bob Geving (Mankato) gave a law and ethics presentation for a
youth snowmobile safety class. Geving also assisted with a
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) continues to follow up on
investigations stemming from the firearms season. The muzzleloader
season was worked with few deer seen. Trespassing complaints were
CO Phil George (Mantorville) worked on deer-hunting issues,
trapping complaints, and litter complaints. He also responded to a
hunter conflict at Rice Lake State Park where a bowhunter hunting
on private land adjacent to the park threatened to assault a hunter
who was participating in a special management park hunt.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent his week following up on case work
from the previous firearms deer season. Calls were taken from the
public regarding trespass, illegal trapping activity, and a wanton
waste violation. Time also was spent checking pheasant and
waterfowl hunters. He also assisted a fellow officer with a TIP
complaint regarding a big-game violation.
CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports receiving complaints
regarding persons dumping deer carcasses in various locations. One
smaller deer was shot and left in a burlap bag. No portion of the
deer was used.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports working anglers, deer
hunters, and duck hunters. Some fishing and deer hunting violations
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly deer and waterfowl
hunters during the week. One group of four duck hunters checked had
28 ducks (four over the limit). Included in the 28 ducks were 10
canvasbacks (six over the limit) and six hen mallards (two over the
limit). Ten of the ducks, canvasbacks and hen mallards, were hidden
in a bag when the hunters were checked.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports good duck hunting at the end of
the season. He received complaints about hunting without orange,
shooting at deer from a car from the roadway, hunting ducks after
hours, taking overlimits of ducks, hunting deer without a license,
and night deer hunting.