MN: Cuffs and Collars: Issue: 46
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) continued checking deer hunters in Roseau,
Kittson, and Marshall counties. Enforcement action was taken on two
hunters for hunting over bait and for transporting loaded
CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) spent the week working the firearms
deer season in the Warroad area. A non-game violation was turned
over to the Roseau County Sheriff’s Department.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) monitored area
deer-hunting activity. He responded to calls regarding shooting
from the road at big-game animals, dogs chasing deer, and
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) investigated complaints about
trespassing and shooting from the road. CO Bensen left his
residence one morning and observed two deer hunters on his
neighbor’s property. The hunters were checked and everything was
OK. Bensen reminded the hunters that his property was posted and
they should stay off his land. Bensen left the area and returned a
short time later to find the two hunters quite a distance onto his
posted agricultural land. Bensen contacted neighboring CO
Malinowski, who issued citations to the two hunters for
CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) reports a TIP call resulted in two deer
hunters being cited for hunting deer over bait, and their firearms
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports that while he was traveling down
the road, the tailgate off the truck in front of him fell off. The
officer was able to avoid the tailgate and stopped the truck
operator. The truck had a large deer head/rack in the back. The
deer was tagged.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) and CO Forsberg assisted Moorhead
police officers with an investigation and search warrant when two
deer were shot within the city limits. The deer, firearms, vehicle,
and photos the suspects took of themselves with the deer were
seized. The officers also worked with Norman County deputies
investigating a trespass complaint. The suspect in the case was
cited two days earlier for deer-hunting violations.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) reports more deer moving during the final
days of the season. A hunter reported a dead eagle hanging in a
tree. The eagle was retrieved and will be examined for cause of
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports a wetland alteration
complaint was investigated and a cease and desist order was
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) responded to trespass complaints
and answered numerous questions. Enforcement efforts were
concentrated on deer-hunting violations, with citations issued and
firearms being seized.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) has already been receiving complaints
about deer carcasses being dumped on roads and into ditches. Please
take care of your deer carcasses because dumping carcasses on
public property is considered littering.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued working a busy firearms deer
season, with investigations worked and violations documented for
trespass, untagged deer, failing to validate tags, failing to
register deer, unlawful party hunting, lending/borrowing deer
licenses, an adult allowing an 8-year-old to hunt/shoot deer,
transporting loaded firearms, using a cell phone to aid in the take
of deer, and possession of a rifle in the shotgun zone.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Wheaton) received complaints about
trespassing, shooting from the road at deer, shooting from
vehicles, shooting at deer from farm machinery, chasing deer with
vehicles, and wanton waste of deer.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) responded to two TIP complaints. Both
calls concerned a person witnessing someone shooting and killing a
deer from the road. The TIP calls resulted in three citations for
shooting at big game from the road, with firearms and two deer
seized, plus $500 in restitution for each illegally taken
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) checked archery deer hunters and
firearms deer hunters during the week. He addressed complaints
about trespassing and motor vehicles being operated in
non-motorized areas. Parthun assisted the local sheriff’s
department with a call and worked with other officers on two
special enforcement details. He made a gross misdemeanor shining
arrest, with vehicle and firearms seized. One skillful hunter saw
the opportunity unfolding in front of him and took a single shot to
kill two deer.
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) investigated an illegal brush fire and
provided assistance to local law enforcement with an arrest.
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on big-game hunting activity. He
received several calls, including one regarding a turkey with an
arrow stuck in it, one regarding nuisance beavers, and one about
deer carcasses being dumped in the woods.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) investigated reported fish dumps, which
included several northern pike in the round, and game fish selling
complaints. Enforcement action was taken for transporting a loaded
firearm in a motor vehicle.
CO Shane Siltala (Water Resource Enforcement officer) spent the
majority of the week checking area deer hunters. He also provided
assistance to the local sheriff’s department with a call.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports checking
deer-hunting activity in area. He also checked on a report of
illegal whitefish netting activity on Lake Kabetogama and
investigated a small wildfire that resulted in an individual being
charged with several counts of illegal burning activity and
numerous traffic violations.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports deer hunting remains poor with many
comments and complaints about no deer. Duck hunting reports have
been poor, as well. Comments and questions about wildlife
populations can be directed to the DNR Wildlife Division.
CO Dan Starr (Tower) worked deer season issues which included
trespass, shooting from the road, failing to validate deer tags, no
blaze orange, and ATV issues. Officer Starr found a hunter who was
complaining about having venison left over from last season, but
still felt the need to shoot two deer instead of saving the
opportunity for his son, who has yet to harvest a deer.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) reports TIP calls coming in have been
fruitful, with one person cited and a rifle seized for hunting deer
over a baited area. Another TIP call involved a deer hunter
shooting a gray wolf. After the CO spent most of the day
investigating and interviewing suspects, the shooter was
identified, the rifle was seized, and the man will be charged for
the offense. A trapping case ended with a couple violations, but
was topped when the trapper was found to have two fishers out of
season. Charges will be filed later.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) has noted that numerous “hunters” have
started to become worried they may not harvest a deer this year and
have started to resort to “road hunting” and other
less-than-ethical methods of deer hunting. Several reports of
shooting from the roadway were taken during the past weekend, and
many landowners are starting to develop a negative attitude toward
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) received a trail camera image of a mountain
lion from the Skibo area. The location and camera were
authenticated, and DNR Wildlife personnel checked out the
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Marty Stage (Ely) spent nearly all available time running around
chasing violators illegally baiting deer. The practice certainly
hasn’t gone away or even slowed. The only thing that hasn’t changed
is the sad face on the violator when he realize he will lose his
rifle. The common response is: “They shouldn’t sell that if it
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) continues to write expensive
citations and seize expensive guns for hunting deer over bait. One
fellow encountered has been cited three times in the past six years
for hunting over bait. The CO also took complaints about road
hunters shooting too close to occupied homes.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) spent time in the field checking deer
hunters and checking stands for bait. The officer took reports of a
portable stand placed and left in a state park prior to opening
morning, hunters shooting a deer from the road, hunters cutting
numerous trees on private property, and a hunter/hiker conflict in
Magney State Park.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) assisted the Itasca County Sheriff’s
Department on a manhunt; the suspect finally was apprehended after
evading law enforcement for several hours. CO Hansen also assisted
with coverage of the Hill City station, and assisted the Deer River
officer with a baiting TIP.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) worked baiting complaints, checked
deer hunters, monitored OHV activity, checked waterfowl hunters,
and assisted the county with a search for a suspect who fled into
the woods. In another incident, CO Fairbanks tracked and recovered
a person that ran from a hospital into the woods.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) followed up on a hunter harassment
case and a baiting case. She received a TIP call about shooting
from the road and trespassing, which resulted in charges and
seizure of a deer.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) reports trespassing continues to occupy
a majority of his time. Shining complaint areas were worked. Thefts
of decorative tree tops continue.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports several arrests have been made of
poachers shooting from the roadway. Several harvesters of
decorative trees are reporting thefts and vandalism. Citations are
being issued to anyone who cannot produce a proper permit while
collecting boughs, tree tops, or trees.
CO Scott Staples – and K-9 Schody (Carlton) – reports complaints
about trespassing were received and investigated. A complaint about
someone cutting away the banks of a trout stream so he could cross
the stream with his ATV was received and is under
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (Northeast) worked
with local government units on several wetland cases that are
currently in the courts. These cases are pending court action, as
well as compliance with restoration orders.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked commercial
anglers on Lake Superior who dealt with multiple days of changing
weather conditions. Assistance was given to CO Thomasen with deer
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) assisted a Grand Rapids officer with
the seizure of a deer that was illegally taken. The deer, rifle,
and truck were all found in the Pine River area.
CO Cary Shoutz (Crosslake) took enforcement action on a trespass
case in which an individual retrieved his deer on posted property
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) continued work during the firearms deer
season. A conviction was received on a hunter who was found guilty
of hunting over a baited area. Guida investigated other areas for
the same type of offense. Officer Guida also assisted the State
Patrol with a traffic stop in which a group of hunters was stopped.
Over 80 grams of marijuana, two firearms including a handgun, and
$1,000 cash were seized.
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) responded to citizen complaints about
baiting deer, trespassing, and road hunting. Two individuals face
numerous criminal charges, wildlife restitution, confiscation of a
firearm, and revocation of hunting privileges in a case involving
taking an overlimit of deer, shooting from a public road, trespass,
and illegal party hunting.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) reported a quieter mid-week of deer
season with more activity during the weekend. An out-of-control
fire was investigated, and calls about trespass and shooting from
the roadway were handled.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Mike Lee (Isle) received numerous trespassing complaints this
week. In one of the incidents the party was located. That person
had shot two deer on the complainant’s property. During the
investigation it also was discovered that neither of the deer had
been registered before being processed.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week working the deer season.
Complaints included stands in WMAs, ATVs being operated during
restricted hours, tagging issues, and loaded and uncased firearms
in motor vehicles, along with the usual trespass issues. St. Croix
State Park also had its special hunt. Hunters had some success,
with nearly 100 deer registered on the first day when there were
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) continued to work deer season cases
and complaints. After getting complaints about a group of hunters
recklessly discharging firearms, the group was checked and
citations were issued for hunting without a license and hunting
without blaze orange. One member of the group also went to jail
after pointing his deer rifle at a DNR officer.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked firearms deer season,
waterfowl hunters, and trapping activity. The officer also assisted
neighboring officers and sheriff’s departments. Enforcement action
was taken for untagged traps, failing to display boat registration
numbers, untagged deer, and failing to validate site tags.
CO Robert Haberman (Little Falls) and another officer received a
call about a man who was hunting while intoxicated in his stand.
The officers were able to intercept the man leaving his hunting
spot on his ATV. The hunter tested almost four times the legal
limit. The hunter faces charges of hunting while intoxicated, 3rd
degree DWI, and transporting a loaded firearm.
CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) located two nonresident firearms deer
hunters from California who were in full camouflage and were using
rifles in the shotgun zone. Officer Martin also encountered a lone
deer hunter who had used his deer tag during the weekend and was
hunting without a valid license (no antlerless permit) and was
using a deer mineral/feed block with corn and grain in it
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) checked deer hunters. Citizen
complaints and TIP calls were handled. Investigations included
shooting big game from the road, hunting without a license, and
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) worked deer hunting-related calls and
complaints. CO Kuske also responded to TIP calls regarding deer
shining, baiting, and a felon with a firearm.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked waterfowl and deer hunters.
Complaints were handled regarding hunter harassment and
CO David Schottenbauer (Princeton) worked area hunting activity.
Several complaints were taken in which landowners and hunters
wanted CO Schottenbauer to enforce the trespass law where it did
not apply. CO Schottenbauer assisted with an investigation of
illegal hunting in which a father instructed his young child to lie
to the officers.
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports many people complained about
deer hunters less than 500 feet from their homes. A few had
confrontations about property lines.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Tony Salzer (Osseo) patrolled Aitkin and Hennepin counties for
deer-hunting activity. Salzer also patrolled for waterfowl
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) conducted an interview regarding a gross
misdemeanor trespass case originating in southeast Minnesota. He
also took a report from a state park visitor about a person with a
treestand, dressed in camouflage and hunting gear at Fort Snelling
State Park (no hunting is allowed there). CO Le located the
individual and determined he was a wildlife watcher in possession
of a camera, picnic chair, and binoculars.
CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) spent most of the week working
deer-hunting activity. Numerous calls were received throughout the
week including one incident in which someone’s slug hit a
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) followed up on big-game TIP calls
involving hunter harassment, trespassing, and permanent treestands
on state property. Anglers were caught on Courthouse Lake fishing
for trout during the closed season. They also were found fishing
without valid licenses and no trout stamps.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Travis Muyres (Ham Lake) worked deer hunting enforcement in
Anoka County. Enforcement action was taken for various license
issues, trespassing, and shooting after dark. CO Muyres also
assisted the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office and Coon Rapids police
on several hunting ordinance violations.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) received multiple reports of people
shooting at deer from the road. CO Picht is looking for a newer
white/tan crew cab truck that had an ATV in the back. An occupant
of the suspect vehicle was shooting off the road at night in the
area of Waterman’s Bridge northwest of Montevideo. Anyone with
information is asked to call the Turn in Poachers hotline.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking trappers and
working deer hunters. Many hunters are confused about how to use
their registration tag and still possess the deer license.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) reports complaints of trespassing and
hunters shooting from the roadway were investigated, which resulted
in a deer being seized from a violator.
WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) issued two WCA restoration
orders and issued citation for failure to comply with a restoration
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Wayne Hatlestad (Litchfield) checked archery and firearms
deer-hunting activity. Various litter issues were investigated,
with deer carcasses and associated garbage having been dumped
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked on numerous deer investigations
involving illegal activity. In one case, an 8-year-old boy reported
a trespass violation that resulted in charges filed.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) continued to work the firearms deer
season. He also investigated trespass issues concerning both
trappers and pheasant hunters.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) reports responding to numerous calls
regarding shooting from the roadway and vehicles. Two large bucks
were seized in the area due to this non-hunting activity. Baiting
also remained a problem, and citations were issued and firearms
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) reports the deer hunting success was
limited, especially in the farmland areas but a little better in
the river valley. Very few trespass complaints were called in for
the second weekend with most complaints concerning WMA issues.
Officer Abraham checked waterfowl hunters that hadn’t fired a shot
all weekend. Pheasant success was also poor. Officer Abraham also
worked on some trapping and ATV issues and a possible wetlands
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Julie Siems (Faribault) reports a lot of traps have been stolen
in the area as have some deer antlers. Many arguments between
neighbors also were addressed.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) made several baiting cases and
continues to investigate complaints about trespassing and shooting
from of the road. Enforcement action was taken on two juvenile ATV
operators without driver’s licenses who were found driving on city
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) reports enforcement was taken for
unlawful party hunting, transporting a loaded firearm in a motor
vehicle, antler point restriction violations, and failure to
display registration on an ATV.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports three people were written citations
for trespassing and shooting snowmobile trail signs.
CO Dan McBroom (Rochester) spent most of the week on deer-hunting
activity. Calls ranged from shooting from a motor vehicle to
trespassing to possible overlimits.
CO Scott Moran (Wabasha) reports a complaint about a Wisconsin
commercial fisherman illegally netting in Minnesota waters was
handled with help from several other officers and DNR Fisheries
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Zumbrota) contacted a subject returning to his
vehicle from his evening deer hunt. When asked for a license, the
subject said it was the third time that day he had been checked by
three different COs in different locations in southern