MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 42
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked waterfowl hunters on Thief Lake and
the Roseau River WMAs. Enforcement action was taken for wanton
waste, taking nongame birds, and late shooting.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) responded to a call about
a shot after shooting hours near Thief River Falls. Upon arrival,
CO Woinarowicz located an individual who was hunting small game
after legal shooting hours, without a license, and transporting a
loaded firearm in his vehicle. CO Woinarowicz also responded to a
call about a turkey being taken out of season; the investigation
resulted in the seizure of the turkey and enforcement action for
taking a turkey during the closed season. Multiple individuals were
interviewed concerning burning during the burning ban. An
investigation of a discarded bear carcass was worked with charges
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) worked on a shining complaint and
followed up on a complaint about wanton waste of a deer.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) assisted a disabled hunter obtain
appropriate permits, removed items left behind on a WMA, inspected
boats for invasive species law compliance, and responded to a
burglar alarm with other law enforcement officers.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked waterfowl and grouse hunters. A
deer-shining complaint was investigated.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) reports a good Samaritan was picking
up garbage along a city street and went to throw the trash in a
garbage can. She opened a can and observed two drake wood duck
carcasses in the can. The owner of the can was interviewed, and
told the officer that he was too tired to clean the birds after the
hunt and discarded them. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) responded to TIP calls about late
shooting, overlimits of geese, and a deer shot. An 8-year-old girl,
hunting with her father, told the officer that she shot her first
duck. She described the hunt as “pretty cool,” but said when a bald
eagle tried to take one of their decoys, that was even
CO Al Peterson (Osage) assisted the Becker County Sheriff’s
Department with an investigation of a felon in possession of a
firearm. CO Oldakowski also arrested a person shining deer while
possessing a bow and gun.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) reports working primarily waterfowl and
pheasant hunters. Waterfowl hunting has slowed and hunters are
hoping for some cooler weather to move new birds into the
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked waterfowl hunters, small-game
hunters, fishermen, and ATVers.
CO Jon Paurus (Alexandria) spent much of the week investigating the
case of invasive species infestation into a previously non-infested
lake. Hunting and fishing activity was monitored.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) worked the pheasant opener, finding fewer
hunters than previous years. Time was spent checking waterfowl and
archery deer hunters, with a case being made involving a married
couple for lending/borrowing deer licenses.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Wheaton) checked fishermen, waterfowl
hunters, and pheasant hunters. Pheasant harvest was down
dramatically from last year’s opener. Time was spent on a work crew
in Stevens County.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on waterfowl
hunters, the pheasant opener, anglers, and boating safety
enforcement. Anderson also investigated a report about game farm
elk that escaped from a farm in Traverse County.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) responded to reports about late
shooting and overlimits of waterfowl. He took a complaint regarding
an overlimit of fish, as well. Officer Oldakowski also received
shining complaints; the subsequent investigation resulted in one
individual being caught with a firearm and a bow in the
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on waterfowl and small-game
hunting activity. In addition, he looked into a TIP complaint in
the Park Rapids station, worked on a complaint of waterfowl hunters
shooting after hours, and assisted with range day for a firearms
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) received a TIP call regarding late
shooting by duck hunters. Enforcement action was taken for
transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.
CO Larry Francis (Remer) continued to work waterfowl hunting during
the week. Officer Francis reports that grouse hunters were
abundant, but success was pretty modest.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) assisted with the Wounded Warriors
veterans hunt at Deep Portage Reserve. CO Broughten also continued
with current investigations and completed reports for the county
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked small game and waterfowl hunters,
the state park, investigated a fire, and followed up on bear- and
deer-hunting cases. A misidentified pied-billed grebe was shot by a
duck hunter who thought it was a coot.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) has been investigating a TIP call
during the past two weeks regarding three young duck hunters. When
finally encountered in the field, the trio had several unplugged
guns, were in possession of more lead shot than steel shot, and
were missing several stamps. PFD and ATV violations also were
encountered with this trio of young hunters. An extensive big-game
investigation is being wrapped up with conservation officers from
the 1854 tribal community. At least four hunters are facing
multiple charges, including illegal party hunting, lending and
borrowing licenses, and transporting illegally taken big-game
animals. Other charges are pending.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
No report available due to technical problems.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers, grouse hunters,
waterfowl hunters, and anglers. He handled calls regarding nuisance
wildlife, ATVers in non-motorized areas, an overlimit of deer, and
ATVers on roadways.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked calls regarding
deer-baiting cases in the area. CO Sutherland also worked duck
hunters in the area.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids)
worked aquatic invasive species enforcement on the Rainy River and
on other area infested waters, and checked anglers and waterfowlers
and their equipment. Bough pickers were checked, revealing some
bough picking without permits and driving motor vehicles after
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked waterfowl, small game, archery,
and off-highway vehicle enforcement throughout the week. CO
Humphrey also patrolled in the Fond du Lac State Forest, and Kettle
Lake and Sawyer WMAs. CO Humphrey assisted other district officers
with interviews in a big-game case.
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) worked small-game hunters in the area.
Bear hunters were checked on the final weekend. A complaint about a
deer shot by bow and arrow in east Duluth was investigated. Bear
complaints in the city of Duluth continue.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) worked deer-shining complaint areas and
assisted Marine Unit officers with a TIP complaint on Lake
Superior. Officer Duncan assisted D-6 with the last weekend of the
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports two men were charged with
illegally cutting off tree tops after a local resident saw the
theft occurring, then called police and later identifying the
individuals. Two very large bucks were illegally killed within the
city limits of Duluth. People with information are being asked to
call the officer.
CO Scott Staples and K-9 Schody (Carlton) worked archery deer and
bear hunters in the area. A TIP call about waterfowl hunters
shooting early was worked. Enforcement action was taken for hunting
without a license in possession, no HIP certification, and no
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (NE) checked
waterfowl hunters in the Duluth area. Officer Scott also
investigated several Wetland Conservation Act violations in the
area and issued two new cease and desist orders. Another case was
certified and closed. He also assisted a motorist traveling north
on Hwy. 53 with changing a flat tire. The elderly couple was happy
to receive some assistance.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Keith Olson (Unit Leader-Lake Superior Marine Unit) reports bear
hunters were checked on the final weekend.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers on the
North Shore and worked TIP complaints. Officer Ter Meer also
checked several small-game and moose hunters. Officer Ter Meer took
enforcement action for ATV violations.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked grouse and duck
hunters, and monitored a few late-season salmon anglers as the
salmon run drew to a close. Many tributaries are now spotted with
decaying salmon carcasses, as they have completed their spawn and
float downstream to re-fertilize the river.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked waterfowl and big-game enforcement.
Baiting complaints are coming in, and stand locations and bait
samples are being taken.
CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area) assisted
visitors and trail users in the SRA. He also checked anglers,
waterfowl and small-game hunters, and archery deer hunters;
compliance was good.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) reports a pair of waterfowlers were observed
in a poor location, and the officer was told that their paddles
were forgotten at home and a stick and a gun stock became the
next-best option. Enforcement contacts included a DWI arrest and a
nonresident bear hunter purchasing a resident license.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) patrolled the Foothills State Forest
for hunting and recreational ATV use. Calls about trespassing and
dumped deer carcasses were investigated.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on complaints regarding boat lift
haulers not cleaning loose zebra mussels off lifts before leaving
Gull Lake landings. CO Posner checked a few goose and duck
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) assisted with wolf depredation calls
regarding livestock, and assisted the sheriff’s department with a
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) saw limited pheasant-hunting activity
on opening day. A good number of grouse hunters were out trying
their luck throughout the week. Complaints dealt with included dogs
chasing deer, trespassing, burning prohibited materials, and
illegal operation of off-highway vehicles.
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) checked on a complaint about jugs
of used oil left in a state forest. She also checked small-game
hunters and followed up on nuisance beaver complaints.
CO Mike Lee (Isle) received numerous trespassing complaints this
past week, with follow-up investigations taking place. Officer Lee
also worked on a littering complaint that occurred in the Mille
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking waterfowl hunters
throughout the week. A wolf depredation complaint in which two
calves were killed was handled. The officer also monitored shining
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Robert Haberman (Little Falls) investigated several TIP calls
ranging from intoxicated hunters to baiting deer. CO Haberman also
checked fewer pheasant hunters.
CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked waterfowl hunters in Stearns and
Wright counties. CO Mies also worked shining activity.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) reports that, as expected,
pheasant numbers were poor. The officer worked hunters and anglers
with common license violations found.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) worked of complaints regarding illegal deer
hunting. CO Kuske also checked angling activity and continued work
on an investigation involving illegal shoreline work.
CO Mike Martin (St Cloud) checked anglers, waterfowl hunters, and
ATV operators during the week.
CO Keith Bertram (Sauk Centre) reports a slow pheasant opener. CO
Bertram also spent time working deer-shining complaint areas. One
suspect was arrested for illegally shining deer.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked bowhunters, pheasant and duck
hunters, and anglers. Pheasant numbers in the area are down, but
some groups were successful. Thesing assisted in a deer-shining
work crew and worked trespass complaints.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) worked archery deer, pheasant, and
waterfowl hunters. Several deer cases were investigated.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked waterfowl hunters on area lakes
and fields. He took enforcement action regarding a number of
waterfowl hunters who were trespassing. He also followed up on TIP
call about a possible illegally taken turkey. CO Sladek only had a
vehicle description, but through a number of interviews he located
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports a slower-than-normal
pheasant opener. An abandoned boat was reported in Carlos Avery
WMA. The boat on a trailer was located approximately 150 feet into
a field from a parking area. The boat’s last registered owner was
contacted. The boat apparently was stolen but not reported. The
owner’s brother removed the boat from the WMA.
CO Brian Dobbick (Cambridge) reports many hunters out in the field
for the opening weekend of pheasant season. Waterfowl, archery, and
small-game hunters were checked.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Steve Walter (Waconia) gave a presentation about hunting
regulations to Watertown Middle School students before they went on
a pheasant hunt at Wings of Watertown shooting preserve. Several
hunter trespass complaints were handled, most of them being
waterfowl hunters. Waterfowl hunters were out in large numbers and
many were having success. A few hunters thought they had a limit of
wood ducks, but were informed that they had ringnecks. Enforcement
action was taken for no duck stamps or licenses in possession,
unsigned federal stamps, no federal stamps, unplugged guns, loaded
firearms in motor boats, lead shot, taking overlimits of
canvasbacks, and failure to register deer.
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) worked Scott County during the pheasant
opener. She also checked duck hunters in Carver and Hennepin
counties. Violations included no fishing license, extra
lines/hooks, and unsigned stamps.
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) worked a detail on the Rainy River and
received a complaint regarding the taking of waterfowl from open
water. CO Nelson also followed up on a solid waste case, an
abandoned boat case, and a residency fraud case.
CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) worked on a fishing violation
investigation. CO Neitzke also patrolled for pheasant-hunting
violations with CO Pril.
CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) spent the week working angling,
waterfowl, off-road vehicle, and invasive species activity. Several
calls were received regarding upcoming hunting seasons.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) checked shore fishermen and interviewed an
individual at the Lao Family Center regarding trespassing in
southeast Minnesota while small-game hunting.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) assisted CO Fritz with an ongoing gross
misdemeanor trespass investigation.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Alex Gutierrez (Forest Lake) followed up on deer-baiting issue
in the Stillwater area. The CO met the complainant at the site
where it was occurring. The complainant was upset because the
baited ground blind was next to his stand and he wanted to hunt
legally. After talking with the landowner, the CO discovered that
no one has permission to hunt the property, including the
complainant. The complainant was asked to remove his illegally
placed treestand, and the landowner was advised to post his
property for no trespass.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) found a deer hunter who was hunting
over bait and trespassing in Anoka County. Appropriate paperwork
was issued, and a crossbow was seized.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) reports the main enforcement focus was
fishing, pheasant and waterfowl hunting. A Class 2 ATV was stopped
for being operated on a black-top county road. The operator was
alone, and was so young that he was unable to remember the last
name of his grandparents or their phone number.
CO Doug Lage (Lake Benton) advises that despite perfect weather,
the pheasant opener was somewhat slow due to crops in the field and
low numbers of roosters. Enforcement action was taken regarding
license requirements and stamp violations.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports it was a slow start to the
pheasant season. When the CO was on patrol, a hunter came out of a
wetland and told Officer Picht that his dog was fighting with a
raccoon and would not come back. Officer Picht put on his waders
and walked out to find the dog biting the raccoon in the abdomen.
The raccoon had wrapped itself around the dog’s head and was
pulling her underwater. Officer Picht was able to break the fight
up and return the dog to its owner. The hunter was happy to have
his dog back with only a few bites and scratches.
WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) issued a restoration order in
Lincoln County. Two other possible WCA violations were discovered
in Yellow Medicine County.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jim Steffen (Willmar) spent the week checking waterfowl,
archery, and crow hunters. Fishermen and some boaters also were
CO Angela Londgren (Hutchinson) checked pheasant hunters during the
opening weekend; hunters were having limited success. Enforcement
action was taken on license violations, littering, no PFDs, and
operating watercraft without navigation lights.
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) worked the pheasant opener. He also checked
waterfowl hunters and noted many areas with good waterfowl numbers.
He followed up on complaints regarding deer stands being left
overnight in wildlife management areas.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) worked the opening to the 2011 pheasant
season. CO Oberg checked some hunters with roosters; however,
overall hunter numbers seemed down. CO Oberg also worked waterfowl
and archery deer hunters. Enforcement action was taken for
transporting loaded guns in motor vehicles, hunting waterfowl with
toxic shot, and no license in possession.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking deer and waterfowl
hunters, as well as patrolling for fishermen and ATV operators. In
addition, time was spent checking for AIS violations and responding
to wetland violations.
CO Bob Geving (Mankato) flew a southern region waterfowl survey.
Geving also worked waterfowl and small-game hunting
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) reports a deer that was reportedly
attacked and killed by a fox actually was found to have been chased
and attacked by coyotes after being shot by an archer in the
Mankato city hunt.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports checking anglers, duck hunters,
archery hunters, deer shiners, and other activity.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Zumbrota) reports working archery deer
hunting, fall fishing, and waterfowl. Enforcement action revolved
around license and stamp issues.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working trespass cases in the
area. Time also was spent on shining complaints. CO Boyum received
a complaint about a subject trapping. After some checking, the
trapper was found and enforcement action was taken.
CO Scott Moran (Wabasha) reports spending the week checking
small-game, waterfowl, and archery deer hunters, and recreational
trail users. New ducks are moving into the area. Fishing seems a
little slow. Questions about the upcoming deer season were numerous
and mostly about license options.