MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 3
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) reports enforcement was taken for extra
lines and over limits of walleyes.
CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) spent much of the week checking
anglers on Lake of the Woods. Enforcement action taken for angling,
fish shelter and ATV violations.
CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) met with the county attorney with to
prepare for an upcoming trial.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) assisted the DNR Wildlife
Division with a deer capture project by providing security and
public safety in the capture area and around the heliport. Sixteen
deer were captured and fitted with GPS radio collars for a study
being conducted to monitor deer movement and feeding habits near
the bovine tuberculosis zone in northwest Minnesota.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) received a report of a party shooting a
timber wolf. It remains under investigation.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) investigated a complaint of two road
kill 10-point bucks that were unlawfully possessed. People are
reminded that a permit must be obtained prior to picking up any
road kill deer.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) reports calls concerning deer feeding
were referred to the Division of Wildlife.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) delivered information about aquatic
plant management and fish stocking to a sportsmen’s club.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) assisted with registering/tagging fur.
CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) monitored activity at the Bemidji Polar
Days and BSU Hardwater Classic Fishing Contest. Approximately 200
people competed in the fishing contest.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) reports travel on lakes continues to be
difficult due to deep snow, slush, and water. Snowmobiles are the
vehicle of choice on the lakes.
CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) prepared for pending
CO Al Peterson (Osage) investigated complaints of dogs chasing deer
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) spent time monitoring predator
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) reports snowmobilers chasing
fox/coyotes with machines. Enforcement action taken in both cases.
It’s illegal to pursue wildlife with a motor vehicle.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) reminds fishermen that all fish
houses, whether portable or permanent, are required to have
identification on them even if not left overnight.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) reports doing a radio interview with KMRS
radio in Morris on ice fishing and predator hunting.
CO Kurt Nelson (Glenwood) spent time assisting the Glenwood
Wildlife personnel filling pheasant feeders on WMAs.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) assisted the Bemidji Police
Department with a medical and spoke with the attorney general’s
office regarding an upcoming hearing.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) received an angling complaint that led to
a citation issued for an unattended line.
CO Larry Francis (Remer) investigated a snowmobile trespass
complaint and dealt with accidentally caught fur. Enforcement
action was taken for unlawfully using an ATV with agricultural use
registration for non-agricultural purposes.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) assisted several lost snowmobilers
and investigated a complaint of destruction of a grant-in-aid
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) registered bobcats for hunters and
trappers in the area.
CO Shane Siltala (Water Resource Enforcement Officer) attended the
Invasive Species Legislative Summit in Detroit Lakes.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) handled two reports of
sick bobcats. It appears to be young cats that were starving.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) attended a snowmobile safety class in Cook
where about 20 enthusiastic youths obtained their snowmobile safety
CO Dan Starr (Tower) handled a situation in which a bobcat was shot
by a homeowner. The bobcat attacked his house cat that was let
outside. The attack happened within a few feet of the house.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) reports that after a lengthy
investigation, a trapper is facing multiple counts of failing to
tag snares and failing to check snares daily. Trappers who do not
check traps or snares as required can provide ammunition for
non-trappers to disparage the sport.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO John Velsvaag (Ely) reports enforcement action was taken for
live minnows on a designated trout lake, extra lines, unregistered
snowmobiles, snowmobile speed and failing to display name and
address on fish houses.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) checked snowmobile and trout fishermen.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports some winter trout anglers
were greeted with deadfalls from high winds and heavy snows since
last fall. A saw on the remote trails is a good idea.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) assisted a lost snowmobiler find his way
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked the trout opener on area lakes
from Finland area up to the end of the Gunflint trail.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers, helped with furbearer
registration, patrolled area snowmobile trails, and processed
accidentally taken furbearers.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) taught a snowmobile safety class during
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) worked snowmobile activity. The
trails were pretty busy.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) reports enforcement action
taken for sunfish over limit on a local five-fish only lake.
District 8 – Cloquet area
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) reports he completed work on firearms
deer season cases with charges pending.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports some follow up investigation is
still being done on a case from last deer season.
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) assisted the Coast Guard with Duluth
Harbor ice breaking activities.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) worked snowmobile and winter fishing
enforcement around the Duluth area. Contacts also were made with
several people fishing Lake Superior.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) said reports of dogs chasing deer are on
the rise. Because of the ice-covered snow this year, dogs can
easily run on top putting deer at higher risk of mortality due to
pets chasing them. Just allowing your dog to chase a deer is a
violation of state law.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) reports an abandoned car parked on a
public access on an area lake was handled.
CO Cary Shoutz (Crosslake) checked ice fishing and snowmobile
activity in the Crosslake and Emily area.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) reminds anglers that two lines are allowed
through the ice but those lines need to be within sight of the
angler and/or attached to a tip-up device within 200 feet of the
CO Tim Collette (Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area) spoke to a local
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) testified in court, took a wolf complaint
and attended fur registration during the week.
CO Brent Speldrich (McGregor) met with Co. attorney staff regarding
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked with neighboring officers on
complaints of anglers leaving garbage on ice.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) is still seeing some expired
registration on sleds. If your registration says 10 please go in
and renew it before hitting the trails.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) found individuals keeping smallmouth
bass during the catch-and-release-only season.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) seized a set of antlers at a local
CO Dan Perron (Onamia) checked anglers throughout the week on Mille
CO Jim Tischler (Water Resources, Brainerd) monitored Brainerd area
bait shops and pet dealers for invasive species compliance.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) was riding on the trail when a
snowmobiler passed him at a high rate of speed. Croatt was able to
catch up after two stop signs and a flock of turkeys who were also
patrolling the trail for speeders. Croat was thankful to the flock
of turkeys that aided in getting the snowmobiler stopped.
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) patrolled area snowmobile trails.
One snowmobiler stopped to ask Heaton directions. He was very proud
to tell her that he was 90 years old and still snowmobiling.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) spoke at a snowmobile safety class and
attended a St. Stephen Sportsman’s Club meeting.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, snowmobilers, and coyote
CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked hunters and trappers.
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) inspected a local taxidermy
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) handled a dog chasing deer complaint.
CO Keith Bertram (Sauk Centre) reports that a snowmobiler went
through the ice over a current area on Big Sauk Lake. The driver
was able to pull himself from the water and is fine. This makes two
vehicles that broke through the ice of Big Sauk Lake in as many
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked ice anglers and
CO David Schottenbauer (Princeton) followed up on a wetland
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) followed up on a dog chasing deer
complaint. Most dogs will chase a deer if given the
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) hosted a work crew in Wright County.
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports that some landowners still
have complaints about snowmobiles leaving the trails and ditches
onto private property.
CO Brian Dobbick (Cambridge) took enforcement for operating
unregistered snowmobile, no state trail sticker, angle with extra
lines and no fish house ID.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) worked a busy trout opener on Courthouse
Lake in Chaska.
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) assisted St. Paul Police Department
with a search warrant where DNR property was recovered.
CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) talked to a Cub Scout den.
CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) assisted the Scott County Sheriff’s
Department with a snowmobile safety class.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked at the Lao Family Center answering
questions to people in the community regarding hunting and fishing
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) worked with CO Glaser on the winter trout
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) completed a two-week boating
enforcement tactical course at the Coast Guard base in Charleston,
CO Travis Muyres (Ham Lake) worked the trout opener at Cenaiko
CO Tony Salzer (Eagan) patrolled Dakota County for angling and
CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) took enforcement action for failure to
stop at road crossings.
CO Alex Gutierrez (Forest Lake) investigated a complaint of a wild
turkey taken out of season.
CO Jason Jensen (Metro WREO) inspected aeration systems and AIS
signage at various metro lakes.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) reports a growing number of citizens
expressing their concern for the area’s pheasants and deer.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) attended a boating course sponsored by
the U.S. Coast Guard. Officers from 16 states and the US Virgin
Islands attended the course.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) attended a meeting with DNR parks and
wildlife employees in reference to a deer damage problem near
Camden State Park.
CO Doug Lage (Marshall) worked coyote hunters, having had a few
complaints on their hunting methods.
Wetland Enforcement Officer Larry Hanson assisted PCA with a
complaint of waste being dumped into the Redwood River. The
complaint was unfounded.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jim Steffen (Willmar) reports coyote hunters are shooting some
coyotes with quite a number of groups also being detected with
loaded guns in their vehicles.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) spent the week following up on TIP
information regarding over limits and double tripping.
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on a complaint regarding
predator hunters shooting from a motor vehicle.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) completed annual recertification
training held at Camp Ripley.
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) spent time in court on a felony
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) assisted a landowner with a deer that
decided to take up lodging in a machine shed.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Phil George (Mantorville) taught the laws and ethics portion of
a snowmobile safety class.
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) reports two vehicles broke through the
ice in the “Narrows” or “Connors Point” area of Lake Washington.
Both were removed. The “Narrows” are well known to locals as a
place that you shouldn’t drive vehicles on the ice.
CO Julie Siems (Faribault) reports coyote hunting complaints
continue to come in and a deer case from the 2010 season is being
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) responded to several questions from the
public related to ice safety, fishing and snowmobile regulations,
as well as turkey hunting applications.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) followed up on a deer case from last
CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) spent time working the 2011 winter
lake trout opener along the Gunflint Trail.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports the Houston County Sheriff’s
Office responded to two separate snowmobile accidents. One involved
the operator hitting a tree. There was a group of six sleds that
were pulled to the side of the trail. One of the sleds had broken
down. They were flashing their flashlights in an attempt to slow a
single sled that was approaching them. It didn’t work. The single
sled hit one of them and broke the man’s leg. In both incidents
alcohol was a factor.
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending time handling trespass
complaints for predator hunters and working with the county
attorney on some deer cases.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) is continuing to investigate deer complaints
and continues follow up on old deer cases.