MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 47
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) checked deer hunters and investigated
complaints. Enforcement action was taken for big-game and WMA
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) responded to complaints
about dogs chasing deer, trespass, and shooting from the
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) investigated complaints about ATVers
operating during closed hours, late shooting, transporting loaded
firearms in a motor vehicle, and wanton waste of a deer.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored deer-hunting activity.
Complaints about trespassing, deer shining, littering, shooting
from the road, deer baiting, and operating ATVs during closed hours
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) referred a number of calls to DNR
Wildlife regarding hunters who were asking why so few deer were
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) continued to investigate complaints
from the firearms deer season. The sheriff’s department was
assisted with an investigation involving a person prohibited from
possessing a firearm.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) helped the sheriff’s department track a
prisoner who ran away from a transport unit.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) focused enforcement efforts on deer-
and waterfowl-hunting activity. Vollbrecht assisted EMS personnel
with a person who slipped and fell on the road and sustained a head
CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) reports some success by late-season
waterfowl hunters. Deer-hunting activity continued to slow.
Complaints about trespass, late shooting, operating ATVs during
closed hours, and dogs chasing deer were investigated. Sharp also
assisted a motorist whose car started on fire. The fire was
extinguished. The motorist decided the damage was not severe and
continued on his way, hoping the fire would not reignite.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) continues to investigate complaints
from the firearms deer season. A few snowmobile enthusiasts took
the opportunity to start their sleds during the first snow in the
area. Snowmobile owners are reminded to check their registration
and permits for validity.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) investigated borrowing/lending a license and
deer overlimit complaints from the firearms deer season.
Water Resource Officer Traci Hanson followed-up on wetland
alteration complaints and violations.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) followed up on trapping and
deer-hunting incidents. Richards also responded to a call regarding
two hunters who were found Monday in portable stands hunting deer.
The hunters were under the belief that the season closed Tuesday.
Their season ended after the CO had contact with them.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) followed up on deer season complaints
and checked trappers. Time also was spent meeting with volunteer
safety instructors and setting up a snowmobile safety class.
CO Jon Paurus (Alexandria) followed up on complaints about deer
carcasses littered throughout the area. Hunters need to do a better
job of finding ways to dispose of the carcass once it’s been
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to follow up on investigations
from the firearms deer season. Time was spent checking waterfowl,
pheasant, and archery deer hunters, and monitoring trapping
activity in the area. A pheasant-hunting trespass incident was
investigated, with the violator located and a citation
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on waterfowl
hunters, pheasant hunters, and trappers. A call was handled about
someone dumping junk in a wildlife management area.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) checked archery deer hunters,
firearms deer hunters, and trappers. Officer Parthun also assisted
the local sheriff’s department with a call and assisted the State
Patrol with a crash. While checking one hunter with a tagged deer,
Parthun observed the tag was from 2010. The hunter had mistakenly
placed last year’s tag on this year’s deer.
CO Larry Francis (Remer) continued to work late deer season
activity. Enforcement action was taken for operating an ATV on a
roadway, failing to validate a site tag, transporting a loaded
firearm, taking deer from a motor vehicle, and transporting
illegally taken deer in a motor vehicle.
CO Colleen Adam (OHV recreation officer – Park Rapids) assisted
another agency during a snow event resulting in numerous vehicles
in the ditch.
CO Shane Siltala (Water Resource Enforcement officer) followed up
on a wetland violation in which voluntary restoration was achieved.
Officer Siltala also assisted local officers with a complaint of
illegal minnow harvesting.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports bough-cutting
activities were monitored and follow up on reports of baiting deer
were investigated. Otter, pine marten, and fisher trappers are
reminded to validate coupon tags before removing the critters from
kill sites, and coupons must be in a trapper’s possession while
taking or transporting critters.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports working mostly deer-hunting activity
throughout the week. Only a few minor infractions and altercations
were dealt with throughout the regular firearms season.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) continued to work the firearms deer
season and its myriad of complaints. Trespassing and hunting from
the road topped the complaint list for the week, with one hunter
cited for taking a deer from the roadway. The hunter received a
$785 ticket to show for it.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) worked complaints regarding trespass and
shooting from the roadway in the Babbitt station; the suspects are
1854 band members, so all information was given to tribal COs.
Problem road-hunting areas were worked in the Hibbing and Babbitt
stations. On the last day of the firearms hunting season, Fredin
received a call about a deer on agricultural land that was shot
from the roadway. The suspect, believing and knowing he was going
to get caught, stopped by at the CO’s residence and left his
business card with the CO’s wife. The subject was charged with the
offense, and restitution for the deer will be sought.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) continued deer season-related
activities and investigations. Complaints regarding baiting and
trespass continued to come in right through the last day of season.
Several unsettled baiting and road-hunting complaints will be put
at the top of the list for next deer season. CO Thomasen worked the
deer decoy along district boundaries with District 8 officers.
Several people were cited for discharging a firearm from the
roadway at a decoy, as well as transporting a loaded firearm in a
CO Brad Johnson (Silver Bay) investigated a deer-hunting trespass
complaint that turned out to be a domestic/family dispute. He
received information on a boat dumped in the woods near
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) found more baited stands that had
been abandoned for the season. He will visit these sites on opening
day next year. He investigated a place where a deer was shot from
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked deer hunters and hunting stands.
One landowner’s generosity was repaid by a hunter who cut shooting
lanes on the property; the hunter has since been relocated.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) handled road-kill deer, a road-kill fox,
trespassing complaints, and checked deer hunters. He assisted the
Itasca County Sheriff’s Office with a call and a DUI arrest.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked deer hunters, monitored OHV
activity, worked bough-harvesting complaints, and checked a few
diehard waterfowl hunters.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids)
responded to complaints regarding deer hunting, trapping, hunter
harassment, and ATV use. Enforcement action was taken for unlawful
party hunting, for ATV registration, for ATV operation during
closed hours, and for trap-tending violations.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) continued work on deer season
calls/complaints during the week. Humphrey also assisted a
sheriff’s deputy with a traffic accident.
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) responded to numerous trespassing
complaints. Landowner, property line, and treestand disputes were
plentiful this season. Shooting from roadway complaints were
investigated and citations issued.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports receiving many calls about people
dumping deer carcasses onto private property or along roadsides.
Disposal of carcasses on public or private land without permission
is illegal and gives hunters a bad name.
CO Scott Staples and K-9 Schody (Carlton) followed up on trespass
and hunter harassment complaints in the area. Enforcement action
was taken on both issues. Some assistance was given with decoy work
in the Duluth area, where violations of hunting with insufficient
blaze orange were encountered.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (Northeast) assisted
CO Hanzal in investigating a public waters violation in which deer
hunters were driving their ATVs through a trout stream to gain
access to county land to hunt deer.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked commercial
herring netters along the shore. An individual was apprehended who
shot a deer from the shoulder of Hwy. 61. The shooter had good
reason to know that his actions were illegal, but the citation and
loss of the gun and the deer should serve as a reminder.
Enforcement action was taken for improperly marked commercial nets,
transporting loaded firearms, shooting big game from the roadway,
and ATV operation during closed hours.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Cary Shoutz (Crosslake) responded to trespass and road-shooting
complaints during the week. He also investigated a deer shot at
night from the roadway and another deer dumped in a remote area
with the tag removed. He received several reports regarding swans
froze in the ice, and a trapper who reported his traps had been
tampered with in a local stream.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked with area officers during the
firearms deer season. Hunters were checked and a few investigations
are ongoing. CO Guida received a couple of phone call complaints
about dogs chasing deer.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked deer-hunting and trapping activity
during the week. An Aitkin high school student also spent time with
the officer for a job shadow program.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) followed up on pending cases from
the deer season, helped out with the area 100 series deer-season
activities, and put away summer equipment and readied winter
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) continued working deer-season
complaints. They included shooting from the roadway, hunting over
bait, hunting without a valid license, and reports of illegal ATV
operation during closed times in the state forest. CO Heaton also
received several trespass-related calls, issued car-kill deer
permits, and worked with area trappers
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) finished off the last week of deer
season by following up on complaints about untagged deer,
investigating shining complaints, checking hunters, and assisting
the county with calls. Earlier in the week CO Wynn finished up
reports regarding an individual who was arrested for pointing his
firearm at CO Wynn from a distance of approximately 100 yards. Area
COs were on a complaint in which a hunter believed the individual
arrested and his companions were intentionally shooting at him. The
COs were able to take the individual into custody without incident.
The individual was booked into jail for two days and was charged
with two crimes for carelessly handling his firearm and
intentionally pointing it at CO Wynn. Lesson learned: Buy
binoculars instead of using your rifle scope to see what your
buddies are doing.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) contacted a person who was riding an
ATV the wrong way at night on the shoulder of the roadway during a
snow storm with an 11-year-old following on a 90 cc ATV. The adult
stated he wasn’t aware of any wrongdoing. Enforcement action was
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) reports groups of deer hunters were
again found hunting deer on state park lands and other protected
DNR lands. One group reported they did not make an effort to
research Minnesota’s hunting laws and thought they had discovered a
secret piece of property that nobody else knew about.
CO Mike Lee (Isle) assisted with the search for and rescue of a
lost hunter in the Mille Lacs WMA. The party was located after an
extensive ground search by members from the Mille Lacs County
Search and Rescue Squad, other District 10 COs, and Officer
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) checked anglers, hunters, and snowmobile
operators during the week. Officer Martin also spoke at an ATV
safety class and talked with several local officers who had taken
the conservation officer written test and had their oral interviews
during the week.
CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked trappers. CO Mies also worked on
follow-up calls from the deer season.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) followed up on deer-season
complaints and looked into trapping complaints. The officer worked
neighboring stations for shining activity, making one contact for
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked deer hunters in the area. A
summons and written warning were issued for hunting waterfowl on an
SNA island on the Mississippi River. CO Sladek followed up on a
number of litter complaints with charges pending.
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports receiving several calls
about dumped deer carcasses in the area. One carcass was not even
dumped in ditch, but was thrown in the middle of the road. Another
dumping pile was not deer but a pile of raccoon, muskrat, and
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked many deer hunters during the last
week of the firearms season. Several ATV violations were
investigated in and around the closed section of the Snake River
State Forest. A follow-up investigation of a baiting complaint
resulted in enforcement action.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) responded to a call regarding an overlimit
of deer in western Hennepin County. Upon further investigation, a
hunter had shot too many bucks and was transporting illegally taken
big game. A firearm, ATV, and the deer were seized. A neighboring
CO had warned this same hunter the previous evening for shooting
too many deer after the hunter had called and stated he made a
CO Aaron Kahre (Minnetonka) investigated a dredging complaint on
Lake Minnetonka resulting in enforcement action being taken. The CO
took a call about a 10-point buck that was shot in Minnetonka.
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CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) checked anglers and hunters in the metro area.
He continued to investigate trespass violations and did a
presentation at Harding High School about CO duties.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Alex Gutierrez (Forest Lake) followed up on two dead male deer
found in a corn field in the Rosemount area. The investigation
showed an individual had trespassed to retrieve them and was in
illegal possession of the deer. CO Gutierrez recovered the two
large bucks still locked together, and enforcement action was
CO Travis Muyres (Ham Lake) worked deer-hunting enforcement in
Anoka County. Follow-up investigations were completed from the
beginning of the season. CO Muyres also took calls on disposed deer
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) continues to conduct investigations
from the firearms deer season. The officer responded to several
trespass calls throughout the week, as well as complaints about
cattle and motorized vehicles on WMAs.
CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) reports a complaint about a bull moose
causing damage was referred to the area wildlife manager.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week conducting deer season
investigations. Enforcement action included taking an overlimit of
deer, illegal transfer of deer tags, and unlawful party
WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) received information regarding
a possible public waters violation and possible violation of a WCA
cease and desist order. A restoration order was issued in Lincoln
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Angela Londgren (Hutchinson) followed up on cases from the
firearms deer season, as well as wetland violations. Officer
Londgren also assisted Officer Oberg with the rescue of a sick
trumpeter swan that was sent to a rehabilitation center.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) reports a swan that was shot a couple
weeks ago has made a full recovery and has been released back into
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked deer-poaching investigations
stemming from the last weekend of the firearms deer season.
Trapping activity was monitored, with many trappers having good
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on trespass complaints and other
violations from the firearms deer season. He also checked trappers,
waterfowl hunters, and pheasant hunters.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Bob Geving (Mankato) worked small game, trapping, and
waterfowl-hunting activities. One hunting party entertained Geving
with the story of an event that occurred earlier in the day. It was
a hunter’s college buddy’s first waterfowl-hunting experience. The
first-timer was so excited after shooting his first mallard that he
jumped out of the boat and into the water to retrieve it. Dripping
wet from the neck down, he was grinning from ear to ear as he held
up the bird to show it off.The novice is hooked and can’t wait for
the next hunt.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) continues to take complaints related to
the deer season. Trespassing and after-hours shining activity seem
to be prevalent among the complaints.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Dan McBroom (Rochester) reports Albert Lea police made contact
with the CO during the week and told him that they’d come upon a
large number of panfish in a freezer while executing a search
warrant; enforcement action was taken.
CO Phil George (Rochester) worked deer-hunting issues throughout
the week and the opening of the “B” season. He also took a trapping
complaint in which the trapper was not tending his traps.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working the 3B deer opener. He
was told about a doe that attacked a woman walking her dog. The dog
ran away and left the woman. She was forced to use defensive
tactics to ward off the doe. The woman is OK. She said next year
she is going to buy a deer license.