MInnesota Cuffs & Collars – December 7th, 2012
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked area blackpowder hunters. Follow-up investigations continued for a couple cases from the rifle deer season.
CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) assisted the DNR Wildlife Division with registering fur and met with local resort owners regarding litter issues on Lake of the Woods.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) conducted a job shadow experience for a high school student, responded to a complaint about a dog chasing a deer, and taught the law and ethics portion of the snowmobile safety class at Argyle and Warren. A deer-baiting complaint was investigated, unlawful stands in area WMAs were removed, and early ice anglers were checked.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing and trapping activity throughout the week. Early ice anglers on Upper Red Lake were reporting a fair walleye bite. Marten and fisher trappers concluded their season, and early reports showed a decrease in fisher numbers.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports mainly working deer-hunting enforcement. Deer-shining complaint areas also were worked.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) monitored angling, trapping, and deer hunting. Complaints about shooting from the road, traps on federal land, dogs chasing deer, and multiple call about vehicles hitting deer were received.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) responded to a TIP complaint about an individual who shot a deer at 3 a.m. with the aid of a light while the deer was feeding from a corn pile. The 9-point buck was found in a garage, with kernels of corn stuck on its lips. Charges are pending. The officer assisted county personnel with a missing hunter and a report about a person falling through the ice. The hunter was located at his cabin, splitting wood. He was instructed to call his worried wife.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) and COC Regas monitored early ice fishing, muzzleloader hunting, and trapping activity throughout the week. They responded to a report of mortally wounded swan that had struck a power line. The swan was turned over to the Glendalough State Park staff for use in a wildlife display at the park’s office. CO Vinton received a TIP call regarding a possible overlimit of deer.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) reports anglers taking to area lakes this past weekend for the start of the ice season. Officer Seefeldt advises that anglers use extreme caution as ice thickness vary from lake to lake. CO Seefeldt followed up on reports of trap tampering and untagged traps.
CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) spent the week checking muzzleloader hunters and fishermen. Reports from the firearms deer season were wrapped up. Laws and rules were reviewed regarding AIS and WCA laws.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) with COC Chihak monitored muzzleloader deer hunters. Calls were received regarding nuisance beavers and car-killed deer. Assistance was provided to Mille Lacs tribal COs with training.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week following up on deer season cases. The officer also responded to calls about trespass, litter, a dead owl, and an injured deer.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports speaking with trappers, muzzleloader hunters, goose hunters, and early ice fishermen. Richards took reports about violations related to deer hunting and dogs chasing deer.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked ice fishermen, muzzleloader hunters, and waterfowl hunters. Osborne also prepared for an upcoming snowmobile safety class.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports a call was handled regarding a road-killed otter that was picked up and possessed since October with no permits or tags associated.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) reports a call was received about two wetland violations in Traverse County that are under investigation. Anderson assisted the Morris Police Department with a call in Morris. Calls were fielded regarding muzzleloader deer hunting, trespass questions, and a call from a falconer about a lost hawk.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) checked waterfowl, pheasant, and deer hunters this past week. Time also was spent monitoring trapping activity, fielding calls about injured animals, and answering hunting-related questions.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) processed evidence, completed some equipment maintenance, and assisted neighboring officers with various complaints. He also checked muzzleloader hunters, archery hunters, and trappers. Hunters are reminded that the Schoolcraft Game Refuge is closed to muzzleloader hunting.
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) worked at the furbearer registration station, tagging several species of furbearers. A few accidentally taken fishers are coming in after the season closed. One trapper found a fisher hide lying in a ditch the day after fur registration. He picked up the hide and called the CO and told him the animal had been shot with a shotgun. The hide had not been tagged, and had been lying in the ditch for some time.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) started to see ice fishermen for the first time. He checked muzzleloader deer hunters and trappers. One trapper called about accidentally catching a lynx, but it turned out to be a bobcat.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring angling, hunting, and trapping activity. Few muzzleloader hunters were observed during the week. Wolf hunters and trappers appear to be having low success.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) monitored muzzleloader deer-hunting activity in the area. He also registered a number of fishers for local trappers.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports enforcement action included several gross misdemeanor big-game violations, trapping, and fur registration violations. Several presentations were given at local church group meetings.
CO Dan Starr (Tower) spent most of the week at a jury trial in which a guilty verdict was handed down.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked trapping and deer seasons and associated complaints, followed up on rifle deer season cases, and was first on the scene of an injury car crash in which one driver had to be extricated. Also, a deer jumped off a bridge because of oncoming traffic and broke both front legs. The officer had to put the deer down.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) checked fisher and pine marten trappers during the six-day trapping season and registered furs during registration day.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt/Ely) reports assisting a trapper in releasing an incidentally caught wolf. Wolf hunters and wolf trappers were doing well. The first ice fisherman checked this year received paperwork for possession of an illegal-length northern.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked trapping enforcement. The marten/fisher season participants reported poor success. Since the season is now shorter, there was a lot of frustration expressed that things happened too soon after deer season, the season overlapped with Thanksgiving holiday family time, and that there were too many people competing within the same time window.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked wolf hunters, muzzleloader hunters, trappers, and anglers during the week. Enforcement action was taken for unlawful water trap sets, untagged traps, and no fishing license. Approximately 40 traps were reported stolen during the week.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) worked a busy fisher/pine marten season. Rumors about good prices brought out many trappers. The season also brought complaints about traps set in a state park, trap and fur theft, and one dog caught in a trap.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked the start of the darkhouse spearing season on Lake Winnibigoshish, checking anglers, spearers, ATVers, and bait. Some of the ATVs and trailers broke through the thin ice. CO Arhart assisted the sheriff’s office in responding to ATVs through the ice. No one was injured.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) checked ice conditions on various lakes around the area. She also checked muzzleloader activity and netting activity, and received a couple trapping complaints.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) had a busy week of checking trapping activity and assisting with fur registration at the end of the week for fishers, pine martens, bobcats, and otter takes.
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked trappers and muzzleloader hunters. He also assisted with fur tagging and handled calls regarding an injured pelican, trespass, and trap tampering.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) followed up on complaints from firearms deer season. Trapping issues were investigated, and Officer Schmidt attended fur registration in the Duluth area.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports the ice on local lakes is extremely thin and no travel is advised at this time. Time was spent wrapping up several cases left over from the firearms deer season. A complaint regarding wolf hunting was investigated.
COs Kipp Duncan (Duluth) and Troy Ter Meer investigated a possible hunter harassment case that eventually turned into charges of hunting over bait within the city of Duluth while archery deer hunting. The COs also investigated the illegal take of deer during closed hours.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (northeast Minnesota) attended the Environmental Congress meeting in Duluth. A wetland violation was investigated, with a cease and desist order issued. Officer Scott assisted Officer Hanzal with the investigation of a wolf hunter who had placed a large amount of deer parts and scraps from processing deer.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked a few diehard trout anglers who got out on Superior at the start of the new lake trout season. Warm weather knocked back the early snow, leaving snowmobilers to wait for another winter storm to begin their season.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) investigated an archery deer hunter who was hunting over bait, and investigated a deer shot in Hermantown, near the airport, after dark. If you have information, contact TIP.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) investigated deer hunting and trapping complaints, followed up with an ongoing illegal lakeshore alteration case, and checked muzzleloader deer hunters.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) worked with a cattle rancher with wolf problems.
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) assisted with fur tagging at the Backus DNR office as the shortened (6-day) fisher and pine marten season came to a close Nov. 29. Bobcat and otter seasons remain open through Jan. 6, 2013.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on fishing enforcement this week. He checked goose hunters on fields along the Mississippi and Crow Wing rivers, where complaints of late shooting were investigated. He also worked muzzleloader deer hunting, and worked on complaints about deer carcass dumping and wanton waste.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked muzzleloader hunters, wolf hunters, and trappers during the week. Open cases from the firearms deer season also were worked, and the officer handled an incidental wolf catch.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked a combination of boat anglers and ice anglers, none of whom were doing very well. He also checked muzzleloader deer hunters and trappers.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports continuing field training with COC Tetrault. The officers checked anglers on the ice on Mille Lacs Lake, as well as fishermen coming off the lake in boats. Assistance was given to Aitkin-area Wildlife staff during fur registration. A big-game TIP complaint was investigated, as was a fishing TIP complaint.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) along with COC Grewe checked the season’s first ice anglers. Time also was spent checking muzzleloader hunters and trappers, and helping out with furbearer registration.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week answering questions about coyote hunting and nuisance animals.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) investigated a TIP complaint and continued investigations from the deer season. A few fishermen were out on thin ice catching a few crappies on smaller lakes. Mille Lacs remains predominantly open except for Cove and Isle bays.
WREO Rob Haberman met with other DNR staff and stakeholders about invasive species on and around Mille Lacs Lake. WREO Haberman also worked on public waters and wetland cases throughout the area and checked some ice fishermen on a local lake.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked trapping, small game, and deer hunting activity. Enforcement action was taken for trespassing, no blaze orange, and no license in possession.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, hunters, and trappers. The first ice anglers and spearing shacks were checked during the week. Many lakes are open, but a few are ice-covered and had 4 to 5 inches of ice.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) followed up on TIP calls related to illegal deer hunting. CO Kuske also checked muzzleloader deer hunters and small-game hunters on area WMAs.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) worked deer hunters and small-game hunters during the week. The two inches of ice that covered most of the area lakes early in the week has almost disappeared.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked muzzleloader hunters in the Sand Dunes State Forest. He continued working on a big-game investigation.
CO Angela Londgren (Princeton) took enforcement action on an illegal fire and a trespassing complaint.
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) investigated the possible shooting of a wild turkey out of season.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) patrolled Dakota County for ATV and ORV enforcement. He also checked fishermen on the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. CO Neitzke checked small-game hunters and patrolled Ft. Snelling State Park.
CO Aaron Kahre (Minnetonka) investigated a complaint of a deer lying in a driveway. He also checked fishermen and attended a jury trial last week.
CO Steve Walter (Waconia) checked waterfowl hunters during the last days of the season which was very good. A few anglers were checked on the ice which is not safe. Muzzleloader deer hunters were checked enjoying the warm weather.
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) received calls regarding injured wildlife and questions regarding hunting regulations. He also spent time in Hennepin County court regarding a BWI case, and assisted CO Kahre with a wanton waste investigation and a Wetlands Conservation Act investigation. CO Nelson also attended an EMT refresher training.
CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) began field training with COC Williams, who will be stationed in McGregor upon completion of training. The officers spent the week checking big- and small-game activity. The officers also visited two fish and wildlife classes at New Prague High School and talked about CO job duties.
CO Jackie Glaser (Metro Water Resource Enforcement Officer) issued several Wetlands Conservation Act rescind orders and restoration orders in Hennepin and Ramsey counties. With assistance from the DNR hydrologist, she also investigated shoreline work along Lake Waconia.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) responded to a TIP call in Greenfield regarding deer carcasses dumped on private property without tags, but everything turned out legal. Enforcement action was taken for a dog off its leash that jumped on hikers and chased a deer.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked muzzleloader and small-game hunters around the metro area. He also investigated several dumped deer carcass complaints in Dayton, and took a complaint about an individual cutting cattails at Eagle Lake.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Amber Peterson (Maplewood) assisted U.S. marshals on a pursuit that ended up in Oakdale where both suspects were apprehended.
CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) assisted with a hunter altercation on Spring Lake in which one hunter accused another hunter of shooting at him.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) assisted the Anoka County Sheriff’s Department with a lost hunter on the Carlos Avery WMA.
CO Travis Muyres (Ham Lake) investigated a trespass complaint in Ramsey. CO Muyres and K9 Hunter were requested to assist officers in Becker County to recover evidence. K9 Hunter was deployed, and the evidence found afield.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) reports violations that resulted in the seizure of two illegally taken bucks and a muzzleloader.
CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) conducted thin ice training with the airboat.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) worked a detail on Marsh Lake with neighboring officers.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) reports that wounded deer calls were numerous.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) worked two separate gross misdemeanor shining cases.
CO Doug Lage (Marshall) reports a trespassing case in the Garvin Park area was investigated with enforcement action taken. A dark colored cougar was reported in the Marshall area, it is unfounded at this time.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on cases from the archery and firearms season, including an overlimit of deer and taking antlerless deer without a permit.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) checked trappers, small-game hunters, and muzzleloader deer hunters this week. CO Oberg also followed up on possible Wetland Conservation Act violations.
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) reports time was spent working trapping complaints and a call in which two hunting dogs were caught in snares.
CO Jason Beckmann (Windom) reports enforcement action taken on three individuals for trespassing and transporting an illegally taken deer. Other enforcement action for the week included a warning for hunting waterfowl after closed hours. Assistance was given to a neighboring officer on a deer overlimit investigation.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) assisted the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department with the investigation of the theft of fur from a rural location.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) conducted investigations into illegal waterfowl-hunting activity.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) spent most of the week checking hunting activity. Muzzleloading pressure remains light.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week patrolling for deer and waterfowl hunters, as well as checking pheasant and other small-game hunters.
CO Bob Geving (Mankato) conducted follow-up on several complaints of incidents that occurred during the muzzleloader deer season.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) spent most of the past week following up on cases from the deer season and getting reports to court. Time also was spent responding to new trespass and baiting complaints. One muzzleloader hunter was apprehended while sitting over a bait pile.
CO Phil George (Rochester) continued training with COC Davis. Some young hunters were found to be using .22 rifles in a restricted WMA near Rochester. Assistance was given to the Rochester Police Department in locating the owner of a stolen ATV.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) and COC Holt observed the two ends of duck hunting ethics by observing two groups of hunters calling each other names and arguing about their hunting locations. Later that evening after dark, they had two different groups of hunters stop and check on them to make sure they did not have boat problems.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports a stranded waterfowl hunter was towed in on the final evening of the season.