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District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked muzzleloader hunters and
investigated a trespass complaint regarding an individual who shot
a deer from the roadway. A search warrant was executed at a
CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) found anglers venturing out by ATV
and snowmobile on Lake of the Woods. A wetlands violation and a
trespass complaint were investigated.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) is investigating the
possible unlawful shooting of a cow elk in the Grygla area. A cow
elk was found shot northeast of Grygla, and although there is an
open elk season in that zone, all current hunters contacted stated
they had not shot at any elk in the area. Anyone with information
regarding the incident is asked to contact the Turn In Poachers
hotline at 1-800-652-9093. C
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) reports assistance was provided to
another officer executing a search warrant. CO Backer assisted the
sheriff’s department with a report of two snowmobilers that were
stuck in a swamp.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Blackduck) worked on investigations from
the firearms deer season. It was determined one hunter failed to
validate a tag used during the first weekend of the season. The tag
was used again the following weekend to tag a 6-point buck. Other
tagging violations were discovered during the investigation.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked muzzleloader deer hunters,
trappers, and anglers. Anglers are starting to venture onto the
ice. Caution is urged for everyone going onto the ice.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) reports varying ice conditions on
area lakes. A few anglers are using snowmobiles and ATVs on the
ice. Muzzleloader deer hunters are seeing deer, but the snow has
made travel challenging. Snowmobiles are out but no trail grooming
has been done.
CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) checked anglers, trappers, and
a variety of hunters. Several calls about injured deer or deer
observed in uncommon areas (next to the road, on the ice, or in
backyards) were received. A TIP call resulted in a number of
violations detected, including borrowing or lending a license,
hunting deer over bait, an overlimit of deer, and failing to
register deer. Several trespass complaints were investigated. The
complaints involved hunters, anglers, and snowmobilers.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) reports increasing angling activity on
the lakes. Muzzleloader deer hunters generated complaints regarding
late shooting and shooting from the road.
Water Resource Officer Traci Hanson continues to investigate a
litter complaint. Muzzleloader deer hunters and anglers were
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) spent the week monitoring ice-angling
conditions. Ice conditions still vary throughout the lakes
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked deer hunters,
snowmobilers, and ice fishermen. Osborne continued to work on
investigations from the deer season.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports checking a couple of groups of
duck hunters on the last day of the season who were having a great
diver shoot on the remaining open water in the area. Additional
time was spent checking pheasant and muzzleloader deer hunters and
monitoring the area’s trapping activity.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on
muzzleloader deer season hunters and pheasant hunters. Ice anglers
have started to venture onto area lakes.
CO Kurt Nelson (Glenwood) reports checking muzzleloader deer
hunters and pheasant hunters. Snowmobile activity has started to
show up, and the county’s first trails have now been groomed.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) reports more anglers are venturing
out on the ice, but caution should be exercised. He received
questions about the upcoming fur registration for fishers, and one
citizen called to report that her black Lab was accidentally caught
in a fisher trap. Officer Oldakowski arrived to find the dog still
alive; however, a hacksaw was required to remove the trap. The dog
was cooperative during the ordeal and lay down in the house after
the trap was removed. He may be sore for a few days, but should
make a complete recovery.
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on trapping and big-game
hunting activity. In addition, he assisted the State Patrol with a
call about a vehicle in the ditch, as they were backed up with
other crashes due to the icy roads. Officer Sommers also continued
an investigation regarding an illegally taken deer.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) was notified that an ATV went through
the ice in the area. The angler’s large ATV went through the ice,
and he and his 7-year-old son got a very cold bath. Fortunately,
both got out quickly and warmed up, uninjured, at their cabin.
CO Larry Francis (Remer) continued to follow up on cases
initiated during the firearms deer season. Muzzleloader hunters
were still out attempting to fill their tags, as were some
bowhunters. Enforcement action was taken for failing to register
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) continued work on open
investigations from firearms deer season and monitored muzzleloader
deer-hunting activity. CO Broughten investigated a complaint of an
individual taking two deer in a lottery deer area.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) is sorry to report the loss of a
local bait shop owner, who broke through the ice on Lake Alex and
drowned while plowing an ice-fishing road on his ATV.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) checked muzzleloader
deer hunters and fur trappers during the week.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports continuing to follow up on
regular firearms deer season complaints and investigations. The
fisher and pine martin season ended Sunday, and for those who don’t
read the regulation book, Cook no longer has a registration
station. Trappers must contact the DNR Wildlife Office in Tower or
Orr to arrange to register their animals.
CO Dan Starr (Tower) monitored special muzzleloader hunts.
Snowmobilers are showing up, with some early trail users
complaining about the lack of grooming. Remember, groomers can’t
groom until the swamps freeze. One snowmobiler fell through a
beaver pond and the snowmobile is still in the water.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) reports hunting complaints were worked
and included a trespass incident in which the landowner didn’t know
a deer was shot in the field near the house until the hunters came
back the next day to sneak it out and was seen by the landowner.
The incident continues to be investigated. The officer located a
pickup rollover and found the driver coming back to the scene with
a tow truck. The officer notified the sheriff’s department.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) checked trapping activity
throughout the week. One trapper checked in the field had in his
possession a radio-collared pine marten that he had trapped. CO
Thomasen recovered the radio-transmitting collar and gathered
information from the trapper for the DNR’s study of these
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked pine marten/fisher
trappers and sets. The trapping pressure is down due to impassable
roads from recent snow falls.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking trappers as
the fisher and pine marten season came to a close. A few
snowmobilers and cross-country skiers are making their way out and
enjoying the snow.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked trapping enforcement and a checked a
few fishermen. There have been several incidents of people taking
and transporting road-killed deer without reporting them and
getting a possession tag as required by state law. This is illegal
possession/transportation, just like shooting a deer out of season,
and carries the same penalties.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Jeff Koehn (Grand Rapids – OHV specialist) patrolled for OHV
activity. He processed evidence from previous investigations that
have been resolved. CO Koehn also assisted CO Sindelir with a
deer-poaching case that involved illegal weapons and baiting.
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked muzzleloader hunters,
trappers, and trap sets. He also worked on investigations from the
deer season. He assisted county officials with a call about horses
on a roadway, and assisted several motorists that ended up in the
ditch because of icy conditions.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked snowmobilers, trappers, and
muzzleloader deer hunters. He also handled snowmobile and trapping
complaints during the week.
District 8 – Cloquet area
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) reports continued work on deer
season cases and complaints throughout the week. CO Humphrey
received more calls about dumped deer carcasses. Snowmobiling
activity has picked up in the area.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked the special muzzleloader deer
hunt at Jay Cooke State Park where success seemed to be down
because of the snow in the park. Fisher and pine marten trapping
was quiet in the area with no complaints reported.
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) reports investigating trespass
complaints regarding trapping and muzzleloader hunters. Officer
Schmidt also followed up on deer season investigations.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent several days working trapping
enforcement. A few deer hunters also were checked. Officer Duncan
assisted the Duluth Police Department with deer-hunting violations
during the Duluth special archery hunt.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports a conflict with a local
snowmobile trail issue was dealt with thanks in part to several
other agencies’ assistance.
Lt. Mike Scott (NE Water Resources Enforcement Officer) met with
and discussed several ongoing wetland cases with the St. Louis
County attorney that are currently in the courts. Officer Scott
worked on a new public waters case in the Ely area with CO Velsvaag
in which a landowner built a road across public water and filled in
6,000-plus feet of a bog to build the crossing.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) investigated a
baiting complaint, and deer feeding in the city of Duluth in which
someone thought people were hunting too close to the feed. Officer
Ter Meer also finished up some commercial fishing enforcement
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked marten and
fisher trappers and snowmobilers, and wrapped up a case from deer
season. Several trapping violations were found in the lynx
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Cary Shoutz (Crosslake) responded to two trespass complaints
during the muzzleloader season in which hunters tracked deer onto
posted property without permission. A nuisance timber wolf
complaint was received, and an injured deer was dispatched that had
fallen through the ice.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) followed up on an investigation of a
hunter who used an illegal firearm during the muzzleloader season.
Numerous snowmobilers were out, and evidence of trespassing and
operating in the median of the roadway was observed.
CO Tim Collette (Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area) checked
ice anglers, late-season muzzleloader hunters, and snowmobiling
activity. Enforcement action was taken for no snowmobile trail
pass, big-game hunting without wearing blaze orange, hunting deer
without a valid license, and hunting deer over bait.
CO Brent Speldrich (McGregor) received several calls about
ATVers using grant-in-aid snowmobile trails. The individuals were
contacted and reminded that the local ATV trails closed Dec. 1 and
were now operated as snowmobile trails.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Mike Lee (Isle) completed follow-up investigations from the
firearms deer season. Officer Lee assisted the Mille Lacs County
Sheriff’s Department with a standoff situation in which an
individual in a vehicle was in the Mille Lacs WMA. After the party
was taken into custody, Officer Lee learned that the individual
involved was the same party that Officer Verkuilen and Officer Lee
had contact with regarding big-game violations. The case is under
investigation at this time.
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) took calls regarding
muzzleloader season. She investigated bobcat-hunting complaints,
complaints regarding hunting during a closed season, and felon in
possession of a firearm.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) checked the first ice anglers of
the season. Assistance was provided to county squads that involved
the apprehension of a stolen vehicle, including the seizure of
CO Jim Tischler (Water Resources, Brainerd) assisted with the
special permit muzzleloader deer hunt at Crow Wing State Park. He
also checked deer hunters and trappers in Pillsbury State Forest.
He responded to a personal injury snowmobile accident in the
Barrows area south of Brainerd.
District 11 – Albany area
CO Keith Bertram (Sauk Centre) spent the week checking hunters,
fishermen, and snowmobilers. Enforcement action was taken for no
spearing license and registration violations.
CO Rhonda Keniston (Long Prairie) reports snowmobilers out
enjoying the new snow. Muzzleloader and pheasant hunters were out.
Trespass and road-hunting complaints were investigated.
CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) checked hunters, anglers, and
snowmobile operators during the week. Officer Martin continued to
monitor several trapping issues in the area.
CO Robert Haberman (Little Falls) checked muzzleloader hunters
during the week. CO Haberman also conducted snowmobile
District 12 – St. Cloud area
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked muzzleloader deer hunters,
ice anglers, and snowmobilers. CO Musatov also investigated TIP
calls including a felon with a firearm and hunting deer over
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked muzzleloader deer hunters and
waterfowl hunters. Summonses were issued for hunting waterfowl in a
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) concluded some investigations related to
deer season and spent additional time checking muzzleloader
CO Brian Dobbick (Cambridge) worked hunting, angling, and
snowmobiling activity throughout the week. Enforcement action was
taken for failing to display snowmobile registration, operating a
snowmobile on a roadway, no snowmobile safety certificate, and no
fish house ID.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Steve Walter (Waconia) worked the last days of the duck
season. CO Walter also followed up on several trespass,
deer-baiting, and dogs-chasing-deer complaints. The Waconia High
School Conservation Club started out a few years ago with six kids
and now has more than 200, with 50 of them pheasant hunting at
Wings of Watertown where 110 pheasants were released. The kids
learned firearms safety, hunter ethics, and how to clean
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) received calls regarding injured
animals and ice damage concerns on the Mississippi River. He spent
the majority of the week on deer and small-game hunting
enforcement. Many cases of deer registration violations and a
couple deer overlimit cases were investigated.
CO Aaron Kahre (Minnetonka) focused on investigations from the
recently closed deer season. Many tagging, registration, and
overlimit cases are being worked.
CO Jackie Glaser(Mound) received several TIP calls regarding
deer-hunting complaints. She also attended an EMT refresher course
at Hennepin Technical College.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked snowmobile and ice-fishing activities
in the metro area. He spoke to a class of students at the
University of Minnesota who were majoring in forest resource and
natural resource management, about CO duties, as well as hunting
and fishing regulations.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Alex Gutierrez (Forest Lake) followed up on a couple of
deer-hunting TIP calls. The CO also assisted the Forest Lake Police
Department with an arrest.
CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) completed a follow-up investigation
regarding a deer-hunting violation in Maplewood. He assisted CO
Humphrey from Cloquet with a deer-dumping case.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) handled a wetland filling
complaint, injured deer reports, and a complaint about
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week checking muzzleloader
hunters, ice fishermen, pheasant hunters, and snowmobilers. A lot
of questions were received from coyote hunters wanting to take
advantage of the snow.
CO Doug Lage (Marshall) states that trespassing complaints
continue with enforcement action taken. Several otter catches have
taken place in the newly opened otter season area. These otter need
to be taken to a furbearer registration station for tags. An
investigation of hunter harassment, trespassing, and criminal
damage to property is under way. Individuals trespassed onto posted
land and damaged property. The incident has been sent to the county
attorney for charges.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked pheasant hunters,
muzzleloader deer hunters, and ice anglers throughout the week.
Assistance was given to CO Picht and Lac qui Parle Wildlife
personnel with the LqP refuge pheasant opener.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) is looking for information on a case in
which a .22-caliber bullet was found in a large buck about 6 miles
northwest of Montevideo. Anyone with information is asked to call
the Turn in Poachers hotline at 1-800-652-9093.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Angela Graham (Hutchinson) checked anglers/spear houses, deer
and small-game hunters, snowmobilers, and coyote hunters.
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) continued to check muzzleloader and
archery deer hunters. Ice fishing and snowmobile activity also was
monitored. He checked on various fires and arrested individuals for
outstanding warrants. An arrest also was made for hunting while
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) followed up on a trapping complaint
and also a TIP report of double-tripping (walleyes) on Round Lake
in Jackson County.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) handled trapping complaints and took
calls dealing with trap tampering. A trespass issue is being worked
in Sibley County.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) checked hunters, anglers, and
snowmobilers. CO Howe assisted local law enforcement and rescue
personnel when an angler went through the ice on Lake Washington.
Tragically, the angler lost his life.
CO Julie Siems (Faribault) reports a lot of snowmobilers in the
ditches. Trapping and hunting violations continue to be
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) completed some investigations
related to this year’s firearms season.
CO Phil George (Mantorville) checked muzzleloader deer hunters,
took a complaint about dogs chasing deer, and took a TIP call
concerning a person taking a turkey out of season. This person was
located, and enforcement action was taken.
CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports spending most of last week
checking muzzleloader deer hunters.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Dan McBroom (Rochester) spent the week on small-game,
migratory waterfowl, and deer-hunting enforcement.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking muzzleloader hunters.
CO Boyum is finishing up on other cases from the earlier deer
seasons. Predator hunters are starting to get active with the new
snow. Snowmobilers also were out in force during the weekend.