Saturday, January 28th, 2023
Saturday, January 28th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 43

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) reports a trespass complaint was
investigated near Greenbush. Bear hunting stands were removed from
an area WMA. Enforcement action was taken on an individual hunting
ducks in a state game refuge.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) worked areas for illegal
shinning activity.

CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) reports a complaint of double tripping
on waterfowl was worked and small game hunters were checked.

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) reports an anonymous TIP of a man
hunting deer with a rifle early in the week resulted in a felon in
possession of a firearm being arrested with the assistance of the
Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. An erratic driver observed by CO
Gorecki resulted in the driver being arrested for felony assault of
a peace officer and DWI. The passenger was arrested on outstanding
warrants.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) assisted the sheriff’s office with a
burglar alarm call. A deputy received a complaint that an expensive
deer stand had been stolen; however, Officer Bensen had already
been contacted by a landowner who had removed the stand. It, in
addition to several others, had been placed on his farmland without
permission. The stand was returned to the owner along with a
citation for trespassing on posted agricultural land.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) took calls concerning an injured
pelican and dead swan. Officer Malinowski also received a complaint
regarding shooting from the road/ tribal hunting issues.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) worked with CO Keith Backer on a
shining complaint. The suspect decided to shine the field in front
of the CO’s residence during closed hours. He was interviewed at
his residence and was issued a citation for shining during closed
hours. COs also discovered an unregistered deer that was shot in
September.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) assisted neighboring officers with a TIP
investigation. He also took a call of a bald eagle flying, near
Frazee, with an arrow in it. If anyone has information on the
eagle, please call the TIP line.

CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) reports a slow weekend for area prairie
chicken hunters. CO Seefeldt also investigated reports of wetland
drainage and possession of untagged deer.

CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) assisted neighboring officers
with bowhunters found in a closed state park.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) followed up on complaints of
trespass, baiting, hunter harassment, waters violations, and
assisted a Moorhead Police Officer with the recovery of dead
moose.

CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) received several complaints of shining,
which remain under investigation.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) spoke at the Underwood Lions Club
about invasive species and answered questions relating to hunting
regulations.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) handled dogs chasing deer complaints and
did equipment maintenance.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) worked on some division of waters cases
this week.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) handled a TIP call regarding shooting
from a motor vehicle.

CO Jon Paurus (Alexandria) reports that while investigating a
hunting complaint, he heard what sounded like a cat howling. A
short time later a cat was seen running up a tree with a fisher in
hot pursuit. When the fisher grabbed the cat they both tumbled
nearly 25 feet to the ground and more howling was heard. The
officer approached to within 10 yards of the fisher and cat when
the cat again attempted to run up a tree. The fisher again snatched
the cat and both fell to the ground. The fisher then skillfully
finished the cat off. As the fisher caught its breath after the
kill, it winded the officer, picked up the cat and scampered
off.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports several trespass complaints were
investigated and responded to and time was spent working on an
illegal fire.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Wheaton) reports enforcement action taken for
unplugged shotguns, no federal waterfowl stamps, and camping
overnight on a WPA.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) responded to a call about a car that had
driven onto a federal waterfowl production area and into a pond.
When Anderson arrived at the scene the person was still in the
vehicle. The individual was having health issues and transported to
a local hospital.

CO Kurt Nelson (Glenwood) checked waterfowl and pheasant hunters
during the week.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) reminds dog owners who are in the
fields and woods to be mindful of potential traps that could cause
injury or death to their dog.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) investigated multiple baiting
complaints. CO Hunter and CO Adam investigated a call of a turkey
getting shot illegally. The investigation resulted in multiple
charges including turkey taken in closed season, hunting turkey
without a license, hunting deer over bait, and untagged big game. A
firearm, bow, a turkey carcass, and a deer were also seized in the
case.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) received calls of accidental fisher
being taken and removed two fish houses being illegally stored on
state forest property.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) answered numerous questions regarding the
upcoming firearm deer season.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) reports that while working a shining
detail, a pair of hunters was found to be shining over an automatic
corn feeder while in possession of a rifle.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) presented the “Wall of Shame” at the
Minnesota Deer Hunters Banquet in Longville.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) investigated two different dogs chasing
deer complaints and had one trespass call.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports fall fishing
activity on the Rainy River is increasing with the nice seasonal
weather.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports ATVs and road hunters were out in full
force looking for the ruffed grouse.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked ATVs, a trespass complaint,
followed up on open deer hunting cases, and assisted other officers
in a Firearms Safety adult field day in Hibbing.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) reports more deer are being hit by
vehicles. Motorists are advised to be cautious this time of
year.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO John Velsvaag (Ely) checked ATVs and took calls on the upcoming
deer season.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) reports calls have begun to come in from
concerned people about hunters illegally baiting for deer. White
and some brown “salt licks” are OK, but any other ingredients on a
block other than minerals (such as protein or molasses) is illegal.
Just because they sell it at the local feed store doesn’t mean it’s
legal. Please call the local officer or the TIP line if you observe
a location where someone has placed bait for deer hunting.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports the week of the timber
wolf as many wolves have been reported being caught in fox/coyote
sets. CO Manning and CO Fagerman released one cooperative wolf and
one uncooperative wolf. They both ran off with no apparent injury.
Trap tampering reports also came in and people are reminded that
they are not to touch a trap regardless of whether or not they
agree with trapping.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) attended a presentation by Thunder Bay
Police Department on gangs in the border country, worked a joint
detail with U.S. Fish and Wildlife officers at the Pigeon River
Port of Entry, and took two reports of swans in the area.

CO Brad Johnson (Silver Bay) responded to a trespass complaint near
Wilson Lake. CO Johnson’s investigation revealed that there was no
violation.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) responded to nuisance animal and
trapping complaints.

CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) checked a pair of new trappers and
educated them about trapping requirements and restrictions within
the lynx zone.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, worked waterfowl
hunting activity, monitored ATV activity, checked archery hunters,
and checked balsam bough harvesters.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) fielded several calls regarding
stand and shooting lane construction on public property.

CO Brent Speldrich (NE ATV Rec Spec) returned evidence seized in a
snowmobile fleeing case. The evidence was no longer needed when the
suspect pleaded guilty to fleeing and forfeited his snowmobile.
Officer Speldrich also received the civil paperwork needed to
complete the forfeiture case on a vehicle that was seized a year
ago from four suspects who used it to shine and take two deer.
These vehicles will be sold at auction.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, ATVs, bough cutters,
and trappers.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) responded to a report of illegal bough
and tree top harvest.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) attended to a car-killed moose, which
involved taking several blood samples for wildlife
biologists.

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports another large illegally taken buck
was investigated this past week.

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (NE) reports
goldeneyes and bufflehead are starting to show up in hunters’
bags.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) reports an investigation continues
involving unauthorized use of public property including planting of
food plots and posting public land as private. Deer stands and bait
were also found at the location.

CO Cary Shoutz (Crosslake) reports juvenile ATV operation was dealt
with as the parents were given an enforcement contact.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) continued work on incoming deer baiting
complaints as well as trespassing complaints.

CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area) contacted
mountain bikers riding in the rain on Sunday, cautioning them
against riding soft trails. Trails seemed to be holding up well
with no damage found.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) handled a roadkill bear.

CO Patrick McGowan (McGregor) assisted deputies with a disturbance
call.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) investigated calls of illegal deer
baiting, wanton waste of fish, a gun-shot deer with antlers
removed, and cutting of trees in a state forest without a permit.
The officer also assisted with a car killed moose in the Aitkin
area.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked the Camp Ripley bow hunt.
Violations observed were unauthorized entry to Camp Ripley and use
of two-way radios to assist in the taking of deer.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) received a call of a dead swan on
the side of a road. It appeared to be a juvenile trumpeter swan. An
investigation is being conducted.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) followed up on a depredation complaint
and answered numerous calls on the upcoming deer season. CO Wynn
also assisted the sheriff’s office on a couple calls.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) had a law class student from the area
high school patrol Lake Mille Lacs with him. Contacts were made for
light violations and over-length fish.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) investigated several baiting
complaints.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) reports a large number of car/deer
accidents were reported and motorists need to be aware that deer
movement and activity will continue to increase this time of
season.

CO Mike Lee (Isle) received a call about shots fired in the middle
of night south of Waukon. When Officer Lee arrived on scene a very
faint flashlight was observed down the trail, and then disappeared.
At that point Officer Lee attempted to make contact with the party,
but the party fled on foot into the swamp. Officers from the Mille
Lacs Sheriff’s Department and Isle Police Department assisted, but
were unable to locate the possible shooter. Tracks were located and
follow up investigation is continuing.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Mike Martin (St Cloud) worked deer shiners and answered calls
from people interested in becoming conservation officers.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) assisted neighboring officers
with TIP calls concerning an overlimit of white-tailed deer and
waterfowl hunters rallying birds.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) investigated reports of illegal big game
hunting.

CO Robert Haberman (Little Falls) received a property line dispute
report with two landowners erecting ladder stands on the same tree
facing opposite directions.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) investigated a TIP call involving one
suspect who shot two bucks and two does with his bow in a managed
area. The suspect used licenses of individuals who didn’t bow hunt
to tag the deer. The suspect also shot the deer over bait.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked pheasant hunters in Stearns and
Wright counties.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) continued investigations on big game
cases.

CO David Schottenbauer (Princeton) assisted with the Camp Ripley
archery hunt.

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) followed up on a wetland
complaint.

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) gave a presentation to a snowmobile class
in St. Michael.

CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports checking small game hunters
and bowhunters.

CO Brian Dobbick (Cambridge) reports animal complaints were handled
and hunting-related issues investigated.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) attended a district meeting.

CO Tony Salzer (Osseo) patrolled Hennepin and Anoka counties for
waterfowl activity.

CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) assisted a North Dakota game warden with a
deer case for failing to validate and tag a deer. The suspect was
interviewed and his license and deer seized.

CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) reports pheasant hunting success will
improve as the corn harvest wraps up.

CO Aaron Kahre (Minnetonka) was working an intersection for
invasives when a boat passed by on a trailer with the plug still
installed. Before the CO could catch up to him to stop him, he had
already stopped and got out to remove the plug. He stated as soon
as he saw the CO sitting on the side of the road he remembered he
needed to remove his plug.

CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) investigated a TIP call of a
possible illegal deer and he assisted CO Glaser with a TIP
call.

CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) spent time talking to participants
during Scott County Pheasants Forever’s Youth and Women hunts held
at the Caribou Gun Club.

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked small game and duck hunters around the
metro area. He attended a district meeting at Ft. Snelling State
Park and assisted at the Walk-In-Access workshop at Lao Family
Center.

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) attended a Walk-In-Access workshop to Hmong
hunters at Lao Community Center.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Alex Gutierrez (Forest Lake) found several juveniles operating
OHMs on the road with their parents receiving proper
paperwork.

CO Jensen assisted the Aviation Unit with various flights
throughout the week.

CO Vuthy Pril assisted other DNR staff with a kid’s fishing event
at William O’Brien State Park. Approximately 100 inner city kids
participated in the event.

CO Travis Muyres (Ham Lake) investigated a complaint of two
trumpeter swans shot by hunters. A subsequent investigation found
two persons who shot and killed the swans. Charges are
pending.

CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) handled a couple TIP calls, worked
waterfowl and WMA enforcement, did equipment maintenance, and
worked on Ramsey County vegetation cases.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) reports a moose first spotted in the
county a couple of weeks ago remains there.

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking anglers and
working waterfowl, pheasant, and archery hunters.

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) reports several complaints of hunter
trespass were received from angry landowners.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) helped give medical assistance to an
injured pheasant hunter out in the field.

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports that Lac qui Parle Refuge has
16,000 geese on the refuge.

CO Doug Lage (Lake Benton) reports the pheasant hunt has slowed due
to warm temps and low numbers of birds. Some very nice bucks have
been seen in the area.

WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) attended court in Meeker County
in reference to a waters violation. A restoration order was also
issued in Redwood County on a WCA violation.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jim Steffen (Willmar) spent the week checking fishermen, duck
and goose hunters, archery hunters, and boaters.

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on a trapping complaint on the
state trail.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) volunteered at the annual Watonwan
County chapter of Pheasants Forever youth hunt as a dog handler and
spoke on behalf of the DNR regarding hunting rules and regulations.
Approximately 60 young adults from ages 12 to 17 participated in
the full day of activities.

CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) reports the water temps dropped to 50
degrees and the walleye bite took off mid-week.

CO Wayne Hatlestad (Litchfield) investigated a commercial license
violation, and followed up on a public waters court case.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) assisted the Jackson County Sheriff’s
Department with a vehicle in Round Lake.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) spent time working ATV enforcement and
patrolling state parks.

CO Angela Londgren (Hutchinson) talked at the Renville County Youth
Pheasants Forever hunt, and followed up on a trespassing
call.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent time patrolling his area for ATV
activity. Officer Ihnen also completed a ginseng inspection.

CO Bob Geving (Mankato) flew a waterfowl survey in the central area
of the state.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) spent time on the Minnesota River
checking angling and boating activity.

CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports speaking at an Adult Hunter
Education Course at the Glenville High School.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Phil George (Rochester) took several calls from people with
questions about license and season issues. He assisted Rochester
Police with a deer in the downtown area.

CO Dan McBroom (Rochester) reports some very nice deer seen during
the special youth deer hunt held Oct. 20-23. Many hunters had to be
reminded that the youth firearms special hunt was going on and
blaze orange was required for all hunting except waterfowl.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly hunters during the week and
lots of kids were out in the field over MEA weekend.

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending the week and weekend
working anglers, archery hunters, waterfowl hunters, and shining
activity.

CO Scott Moran (Wabasha) reports the trapping opener provided the
usual complaints of possible trespass and untagged traps.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports a few trappers were out on the
opener. Success was fair. A trespass case was made as well as a
dumping case.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Zumbrota) worked a busy week of waterfowl,
fishing, and big game enforcement.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) dealt with two more trespass
complaints; follow up investigation in both cases with citations
pending.

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