District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked waterfowl-hunting activity at Thief Lake, Roseau River WMA, and Lake of the Woods. Grouse hunters were checked in Beltrami Island State Forest.
CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) worked on fire investigations and checked anglers. Enforcement action for the week was taken for possession of an overlimit of walleyes, no small-game license, failure to register bear baits, and operating a vehicle on closed roads.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) reports calls about unlawful burning were handled, waterfowl hunters were checked, ATV and OHM activity was monitored, and assistance was provided to the sheriff’s department on a call concerning lost hunters.
CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) assisted the sheriff’s department with recovery of three lost hunters. All three were recovered after more than 12 hours lost in the field.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) checked angling and waterfowl-hunting activity throughout the week. CO Backer also worked assignments with the Wildfire Investigative Team.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending time checking waterfowl hunters and anglers. Time also was spent checking archery deer hunters and working TIP complaints in the area. Two wildfire cases were investigated.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored waterfowl- and grouse-hunting activity throughout the week. CO Vollbrecht also investigated complaints about shining deer and a deer stand left in a WMA. Assistance was provided to the Trails Division in filming a virtual tour for canoeing on the Mississippi River. A fire was investigated, and it was determined it was started by a burning barrel and burned two large slash piles and one acre of woods. It took fire crews several hours to contain the fire. A cease and desist order was issued for a possible wetland violation.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) continued field training duties with COC Lawler. With the extremely dry conditions, the officers spent time responding to and investigating several fire complaints. Most were grass fires with limited damage. W
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) patrolled the Wild Rice River in Norman County for unlawful ATV activity in public waters. Several individuals were cited for operating in the river.
CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) reports time was spent responding to TIP calls about baiting and late shooting. A complaint about a poached deer was investigated, and reports were prepared for the county attorney.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports few new ducks in the area, but goose numbers continue to improve. Even with water levels near record lows, concerns about nuisance beavers doing damage are still arriving.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) received more wolf depredation complaints and investigated a TIP complaint regarding fish overlimits.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) answered calls in the vacant Alexandria and Glenwood stations. Osborne also checked waterfowl hunters and fishermen.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) and Lt. Shelden found a group of nonresidents in possession of an overlimit of crappies taken on Lake Osakis. Waterfowl, archery deer, and small-game hunters were checked, and in one incident a hunter was cited for possessing an overlimit of squirrels after he was found hiding two extra animals in his vehicle. ATV activity was monitored, and one operator was arrested for DWI after he was found operating with a BAC twice the legal limit.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on fall fishing, archery deer hunting, and waterfowl hunting. Anderson received another complaint from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about a boat being left on a waterfowl production area, and assisted the USFWS in locating the boat owner. A complaint about beavers doing damage in the vacant Glenwood station was handled.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) volunteered with a local scouting troop, leading a 3-mile hike and helping the boys earn a hiking badge. Officer Parthun took complaints regarding shining, trespassing, and taking big game out of season.
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on fishing, boating, AIS, OHV, big-game, small-game, and waterfowl-hunting activity. In addition, he attended an adult firearms safety range day with the northwest regional training officer and worked on a waterfowl TIP complaint regarding decoys being left out overnight. Officer Sommers identified the individuals and took enforcement action. Enforcement action also was also taken for ATV operation violations.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked anglers, duck hunters, grouse hunters, and a few archery deer hunters. Mathy also taught a Cass Lake firearm safety class and gave a law presentation at the Bemidji ATV safety class. He handled several calls resulting in investigations of deer poaching in the area.
CO Larry Francis (Remer) attended mandatory training in Marshall and investigated a call regarding the draining of a wetland.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring ATV, hunting, and angling activity. CO Broughten also assisted with firearm safety at the Thunder Lake Sportsmen’s Club.
CO Colleen Adam (OHV recreation officer – Park Rapids) reports hunters involved in a local grouse-a-thon took advantage of the T-shirt weather weekend.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked the moose opener in the Aurora and Babbitt stations, along with waterfowl and grouse hunters, and anglers and boaters.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) followed up on variety of issues, including a car-killed bear and eagles, hunter and trapper harassment, nuisance bears, and litter and trespass violations. Some investigations are ongoing, while others were closed with citations issued. Pleasant weather has slowed duck hunting activity in the area, but grouse hunters love the weather and good numbers of birds are showing up. On one occasion, CO Frericks watched three hunters take five grouse from an area in a span of about 30 seconds. Another grouse hunter needed to have some of the firearms transport laws reviewed, as he was transporting a fully loaded shotgun in a motor vehicle. Further scrutiny of the hunter revealed he neglected to purchase a small-game license, too. The hunter was issued two citations and was told to call his probation officer.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked moose hunters, grouse hunters, and a few anglers out during a glorious fall weekend. The CO didn’t see a moose during his patrols.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) assisted with the execution of a search warrant with several officers. The officer also worked the opener of the moose season with a few decent moose taken so far.
CO Brad Johnson (Silver Bay) reports he worked the moose opener, and checked grouse hunters, anglers, and ATVers.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) spent time checking hunters this week. She also attended training in St. Paul and helped out with a firearm safety class at a local gun club.
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked grouse hunters, duck hunters, and anglers. He also handled complaints regarding bears and wolves.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) attended firearms and defensive tactics training, and worked area duck lakes for aquatic invasive species law adherence. Arhart also investigated a large pile of animal entrails deposited at a landowner’s gate, checked anglers, and monitored late/overnight decoys.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports a complaint about shooting from the roadway was investigated. A cease and desist order was enacted at a possible wetland violation site.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) and COC Mueller continued with field training. Investigations continued on two possible waters violations. With the dry conditions, fire issues are becoming more frequent.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) conducted patrols in the Fond du Lac State Forest, Sawyer WMA, and other state and Carlton County non-administered lands for archery, small-game hunting, OHV, and waterfowl-hunting activity. Complaints about unlawful road hunting and hunting without licenses were received and are under investigation.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) attended a trapper education class in Cromwell and also attended a board of directors meeting of the Minnesota Trappers Association. A complaint of trespassing was investigated in the Wrenshall area, where at least two individuals were on another person’s property, hunting without permission. The landowner ran the individuals off his property. These individuals have not yet been located. If anyone has any information about this incident, they are asked to call Turn In Poachers at 1-800-652-9093. Several grouse hunters were checked this past week with mixed success in bag limits. They were all found to be in compliance with the law. A few nuisance beaver permits were issued where damage was being done to personal property.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sgt. Keith Olson (Marine Unit) checked anglers along the North Shore. Many ATVers are in the area. A reminder that lake trout season closes on Lake Superior on Oct. 7.
CO Matt Miller (Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Moose opener was worked in Lake County, and deer-baiting complaints were verified for later attention.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) saw limited success for area duck hunters. Violations observed were no federal duck stamps, unplugged guns, no hunting license, and no life jackets in duck boats. The officer also investigated a possible wetland excavation violation, worked with trappers in timber wolf-control areas where cattle have been attacked, and handled a call about goose hunters hunting after the 4 p.m. closure.
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity last week included checking duck and bow deer-hunting activity, and working with ongoing lakeshore-alteration cases, deer baiting, fire, and deer/bear-related crop depredation issues. Contacts were made for duck hunting-related violations.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked on big-game and waterfowl enforcement. Baiting complaints are being investigated. Some violations detected included unplugged shotguns, failure to sign federal duck stamps, and no license in possession.
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) spent the week checking duck hunters, fishermen, archery deer hunters, and following up on bear bait issues. A TIP complaint involving deer hunter trespass, bear bait tampering and hunter harassment was handled, and enforcement action was taken for weed roller issues and failing to register bear baits.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked the Mille Lacs full-moon bite, where keeping protected slot fish and lack of boat lights continued to be problems.
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) investigated a potential wetlands violation. She also answered calls regarding the upcoming wolf hunt. Heaton received trespass complaints, nuisance-bear complaints, nuisance-skunk complaints, and reviewed information regarding lake property owners removing vegetation.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) dealt with a lot of bear-hunting activity and complaints about hunters trespassing. A few bear hunters were found with unregistered baits and using illegal items in their bait piles. Gray wolf depredation continued to be a problem for area farmers, and time was spent investigating livestock losses.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent time answering numerous questions about nuisance animals and upcoming hunting seasons. He followed up on TIP calls regarding waterfowl hunting, bear hunting, and angling with extra lines.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) reports a fire investigation was handled near the town of Lancaster in Kittson County. The fire burned approximately 900 acres and burned into Canada. A party was interviewed, and charges are pending.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) assisted with instruction at the CO academy. CO Kuske also conducted equipment maintenance on several station boats.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) reports enforcement action was taken on waterfowl hunters using shotguns capable of holding more than three shells, as well as AIS, PFD, and license violations.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) reports a TIP call resulted in charges for 19 walleyes over a person’s limit.
WREO Keith Bertram spent the week checking boaters and hunters for AIS violations. Enforcement action was taken for failing to remove drain plugs, no license, and shining.
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) participated in the annual Todd Soil and Water Conservation District Envirofest.
CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers and gave fur and trapping talks at Ney Park. He also worked on deer-hunting complaints and checked on a wetland restoration.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked anglers, waterfowl hunters, and archery deer hunters. Violations were found for no licenses and possession of smallmouth bass out of season.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked waterfowl hunters on area rivers and lakes. Officer Sladek checked a couple people walking out of the slough. He asked them if they had any luck while duck hunting. A woman with a big smile said, “I shot a muskrat!” Her boyfriend, almost at the same time, said, “No, you didn’t shoot a muskrat.” The woman’s smile went away and she said, “No, I didn’t shoot a muskrat.” The officer asked, “You shot a muskrat, didn’t you?” She then said, “Yes, I did.” Officer Sladek took enforcement action for the violation.
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports that due to dry conditions, numerous fires have started in the area. A large fire was worked southwest of Forest Lake.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) reports assistance was provided to the Kanabec County Sherriff’s Office with a serious ATV accident north of Mora.
CO Brian Dobbick (Cambridge) worked anglers and hunters throughout the week. ATV activity was monitored, and illegal hunting in a scientific and natural area was investigated.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Steve Walter (Waconia) handled several TIP calls including an injured swan, shooting cormorants, spinning-wing decoy use, shooting after hours, and taking overlimits of ducks.
CO Tony Salzer (Osseo) patrolled Hennepin County for waterfowl-hunting activity. Salzer also checked anglers.
CO Jackie Glaser (Metro Water Resource Enforcement officer) investigated a public waters violation in Wayzata. She also assisted with alcohol enforcement training at the conservation officer academy and worked a security detail for the Hastings bridge project.
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) received calls requesting clarification on waterfowl hunting, archery deer hunting, and baiting laws. He also gave instruction to youth at a firearm safety training field and range day.
CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) and COC Arntzen investigated two possible illegal deer-hunting complaints and assisted with a search warrant.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) checked waterfowl hunters throughout the week. CO McGowan also assisted with a search warrant.
CO Travis Muyres (Ham Lake) worked hunting enforcement in Anoka County. Enforcement action was taken for shooting early.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) checked waterfowl hunters on area lakes and worked a litter case in Ramsey County. She also assisted Alaska troopers with a big-game case that involved a search warrant in Washington County.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) reports the enforcement focus of the week was directed at AIS, fishing, and ATV use.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) patrolled area rivers, checking kayakers and people fishing for catfish. CO Picht also assisted regional officers with an investigation.
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) reports the early duck season ended just as it opened with bluebird skies and light hunting pressure.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week investigating waterfowl issues and working anglers and duck hunters. An ATV accident claimed the life of a young girl in Murray County.
CO Doug Lage (Marshall) reports investigation of the illegal disposal of sewage at a local campground is under way.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) worked waterfowl hunters and anglers throughout the week. Denz also followed up on trespass complaints in addition to hunting waterfowl after the 4 p.m. closure.
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) assisted with an enforcement project in Faribault County. Abraham also responded to a TIP call about illegal waterfowl hunting in a neighboring vacant station. Alcohol and drugs were involved, and five summonses were issued. Time also was spent attending annual fall use-of-force training near Marshall.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) assisted in a cooperative warrant on two properties in a neighboring station.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers, as well as deer, waterfowl, and small-game hunters. CO Ihnen also patrolled for AIS violations and responded to TIP complaints. He also assisted with an alcohol enforcement presentation at Camp Ripley for the new officers.
CO Bob Geving (Mankato) assisted with an investigation involving a big-game violation and investigated a hunter trespass complaint.
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) spent much of the week on waterfowl enforcement. Complaints were worked related to hunting and trespassing activity. CO Howe also assisted in serving a search warrant.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) reports conducting a search warrant where several violations were discovered.
WREO Julie Siems (SE) reports conducting many AIS enforcement checks. WCA and public waters violation sites were visited. Violations included unplugged guns and operating an ATV without a valid driver’s license.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Zumbrota) and COC Bermel worked primarily waterfowl enforcement throughout the week. Enforcement action included several instances of unplugged shotguns and use of toxic shot. Waterfowl identification continues to be an issue with some hunters, resulting in enforcement action taken. A boat owner was assisted in recovering his missing boat, which was being used without permission. A shooting incident was reported on state forest land.
CO Phil George (Rochester) checked angling activity and waterfowling activity, and took complaints about archery hunters in baited stands, along with stands left in WMAs.
CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) reports the nice weather made for a slow week of duck hunting. The CO dealt with trespass and late duck-hunting complaints and taught at the CO academy.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly waterfowl hunters and anglers during the week. Two anglers contacted were more than 300 fish over their possession limit.
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending the week and weekend checking waterfowl-hunting and fishing activity. Some waterfowl violations were detected.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking small-game hunters. Time also was spent checking waterfowl hunters and investigating trespass complaints. An education course on trapping was held in St. Charles.