Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – September 20th, 2013

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) worked a case involving a 400-plus-pound bear that was taken during the first weekend of the bear-hunting season. Everything but the hide and skull was intentionally wasted. Charges are pending.
CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) worked angling and boating activity on area waterways. Follow-up was conducted on an earlier illegal burning case as well as a complaint about unmarked bear baits.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) work early goose season, and checked small-game hunters and archery deer hunters. Area experimental-regulation lakes were checked.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) checked bear hunters and bear baits, monitored goose-hunting activity, and monitored anglers on Upper Red Lake. CO Regas also made preparations for an upcoming ATV safety class and worked on recruitment of new volunteer instructors.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) investigated several complaints ranging from criminal damage to state forest property to an unlawfully shot deer.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) monitored ATVers, boaters, and hunters. He responded to an accident and a wolf-depredation complaint. He also inspected a falcon hunter’s facility. 
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) worked a busy opening weekend of small-game and archery hunting. CO Vollbrecht also investigated complaints regarding trespass and hunting over bait.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) spent the week checking goose hunters, monitoring bear-hunting activity, and working the opener of archery deer hunting and small-game hunting.
CO Chris Vinton (Detroit Lakes) attended the ALERT international training conference in Austin, Texas.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) patrolled area lakes for angling activity and checked goose hunters who report bird numbers increasing in the area.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports geese are finding their way to the area and hunters are having success. A rainy archery opener seemed to keep folks home and not in their stands.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) checked dove, goose, and archery deer hunters. Additional time was spent handling complaints about illegal work in public waters and wanton waste of geese.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) prepared equipment for the upcoming duck opener and researched new laws pertaining to Walk-In Access on private property.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports steady goose-hunting pressure in the Alexandria area. Enforcement action was taken for hunting with an unplugged firearm and no federal or state waterfowl stamps.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports fishing activity remains constant and several TIP calls were investigated and responded to regarding extra lines and overlimits.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) checked fishermen and hunters this week. Time also was spent monitoring AIS compliance, assisting the Pope County Sheriff’s Office with a burglary alarm, and monitoring water appropriation compliance. The officer investigated several litter complaints, inspected two possible WCA violations, and spoke to a group of kids at a Pheasants Forever youth day in Hoffman.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) took a report of a cougar sighting in the area. Enforcement action was taken for juvenile ATV violations and ATVers operating in a closed area.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) continued an investigation into an air boat being used to harvest wild rice. She and CO Adam also encountered a grandfather out hunting with his 13-year-old grandson. However, both had loaded firearms in their vehicle.
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) provided assistance to medical and local law enforcement personnel at an ATV crash with injuries.
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) received a TIP call about an angler fishing with too many lines. Officer Sommers located the angler and he was not using too many lines, but he was culling perch in his livewell. Enforcement action was taken for an overlimit of perch. This makes the third overlimit case made due to tips in the past seven days.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) investigated complaints regarding dogs chasing deer and someone taking an overlimit of walleyes. Enforcement action was taken for allowing dogs to chase deer and for failing to leave a patch of skin on game fish while transporting.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked the archery deer and grouse openers. He also investigated a trespass complaint regarding a bowhunter and two complaints about timber wolf depredation.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Shane Siltala performed on-site inspections of wetlands. One site was partially restored and will get extended into late fall.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports the grouse opener was the poorest he has seen in recent years with no birds and few hunters.
CO Dan Starr (Tower) worked on some bear-season issues and ATV activity. Opening-weekend activities were worked, with very few grouse and/or hunters observed. 
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, boaters, ATVers, invasive species enforcement, the state park, early goose hunting, and the small-game opener. A meeting was attended in St. Paul. An angling boat was observed with old registration on a minimally used lake. The officer switched gears from hunting enforcement to issue a citation as the boat had not been registered since 1987.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked grouse hunters during the opening weekend of the small-game season. Most people were hunting from the road and commenting that they weren’t seeing any birds in the thick cover – while they were traveling 30 miles per hour down the road. The people who got out of their vehicles and walked did much better. 
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) continued to work bear hunters, check bear-hunting camps, and inspect bears taken. Illegal filling of wetlands areas at a lake home was investigated, and a resource protection notification was issued to the landowner.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) continued to work bear hunters and the small game and archery openers. Grouse hunting was slow. One sportsman checked on the Kawishiwi River possessed a rare mixed bag – a Canada goose and a crappie.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked bear hunters, small-game hunters and ATV enthusiasts. Wahlstrom responded to a gunshot victim at an inland campground with the Lake and Cook county sheriff’s departments and the Tofte and Finland rescue crews.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and grouse and bear hunters. He also investigated complaints regarding unregistered bear baits, carcass dumping, trespass, altering the cross-section of a lake or stream, and operating an ATV in a non-motorized area. Enforcement action was taken for failure to remove a fish house by the deadline, burning prohibited materials, failing to display ATV registration, and operating an ATV in a non-motorized area.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) received his new K-9 partner and will start the training process.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) received a complaint about a bear carcass being dumped on public property. People are reminded to dispose of entrails, carcasses, and remaining animal parts in the proper manner.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, watercraft operators, ATVers, small-game and archery deer hunters, in addition to patrolling state parks and campgrounds. He also responded to hunting and trespass complaints during the week. 
CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) investigated illegal cutting of aquatic vegetation on an area lake.  
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) reports the tribal waterfowl season opener and state small-game opener were worked. Overlimit complaints were investigated with fish seized. 

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports a car-killed bear was retrieved and salvaged. A small wetland violation was located, and contact was made with the responsible party.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) received calls about dogs chasing deer and hunting questions about the ongoing and upcoming seasons. The past week was spent at a trapping school in Indiana, where all aspects of trapping were learned and will be used in training other conservation officers in the state.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (northeast Minnesota) attended a DNR Fisheries meeting in Cloquet to discuss AIS issues and enforcement issues.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) assisted the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office with a threat involving a weapon north of Duluth.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) reports an ATVer was stopped on an area forest road. The riders were a young couple that were grouse hunting. Strapped to mom’s chest was a 6-month-old infant in a carrier but with no helmet. The driver said he looked for a helmet for the child, but could not find one small enough. He decided to bring the child along on the ATV even without a helmet. Enforcement action was taken for ATV and wild rice violations.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked boaters and anglers on Lake Superior and checked bear hunters and ATV operators. He also performed equipment maintenance.  He also spent time traveling to training.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) attended training at Camp Ripley put on by Homeland Security. The training entailed becoming an instructor for other officers in “active shooter response.” Officer Lee also assisted the Crosslake Police Department with a possible drowning by a party who was trying to loosen her dog that had become entangled in a buoy rope. After a short time upon the officer arriving on the scene, the party was located coming up the bank from the lake. The party was given medical attention, and the dog sustained a small laceration on one of its rear legs. 
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports investigating complaints of suspicious hunting activity, responding to wolf-depredation issues, an incident of illegal ATV operation, and damage to a cross-country ski trail. 
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) spent time in the Pillsbury Forest and found evidence of vehicles being operated on closed forest roads and causing damage. He also worked on a complaint regarding a property owner who was had an unpermitted fire and burnt an old shed.
CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec Area) monitored angling, hunting, boating, AIS, and recreational activity in the Cuyuna Country State Rec Area and Pillsbury State Forest. He also investigated a TIP complaint of trespassing. Enforcement action was taken for an unauthorized campfire.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) investigated a case of an illegal bear being taken. Violations included taking a bear over an illegal bait station and failure to identify a stand left unattended in a WMA. Small-game hunters were checked.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working small-game and archery deer hunters during the weekend. The CO responded to assist Aitkin County officers with a party who had fallen out of a treestand while trying to put it up. The party sustained two broken legs and had fallen from approximately 20 feet. Please remember to use safety harnesses and all safety measures to ensure a fun and safe hunt. A TIP about a boater keeping smallmouth bass was investigated. When the boater was found, the party stated that he forgot that the season on Mille Lacs had closed and it was catch and release only. The CO also received a call from a boat dealer who was concerned about the number of boats coming into his shop for winterization that had weeds present and also had drain plugs still in place. The dealer was also encouraged to contact a CO if these types of violations were observed. 
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) followed up on bear-season complaints including off-trail travel, unsigned bait stations, unregistered bait stations, cross-country travel in a limited class state forest, use of non-biodegradable materials, and gross misdemeanor trespass.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent time checking anglers and hunting activity. He checked small-game hunters during the weekend, and followed up on ATV complaints, nuisance-animal complaints, and spent time monitoring state forests for activity. CO Wynn has received numerous complaints about people catching and keeping crayfish, including one TIP complaint. If you have a valid angling license, or you are under 16, you may catch and keep up to 25 pounds of crayfish to utilize for personal use.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked hunters over the weekend. A rock buoy was reported floating on Mille Lacs. The buoy was retrieved to be reset.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) reports a firearm left at a local hunting spot was turned over to CO Silgjord by an area hunter. If the owner would like to claim the firearm, please contact the officer at (320) 429-1868 with details.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) took enforcement action regarding an ATV case in which the past three owners failed to register the machine and the fourth owner let the registration expire for several years, then sold the ATV.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) investigated complaints about a possible poached buck (ended up being a road-kill) and people driving around barriers to launch boats into the Mississippi River at Blanchard Dam. CO Kuske checked a few groups of successful goose hunters, grouse hunters, and squirrel hunters. One goose hunter was reminded to get HIP-certified and a squirrel hunter was found hunting without a license. CO Kuske stopped an ATVer riding down the lane of traffic on a county road, with enforcement action taken for no ATV registration and illegal operation of an ATV on a county road. The operator said he could drive in town on the road, so why not down the county road? A new regulations book was given to the person to read.  
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) reports work was done on a case in which a lake shore homeowner put fill into the lake to gain more shoreline.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) gave a presentation to a youth firearm safety class in Monticello. A wetlands complaint of possible illegal tilling also was investigated.  
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports attending emergency vehicle operation instructor training. The training included many topics regarding emergency vehicle driving issues. 

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) responded to a shoreline violation and prepared for upcoming firearm safety classes. 
CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) assisted with a DNR Wildlife Division qualification. He also checked fishermen in Hennepin and Dakota counties. 
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) investigated a waters violation in Plymouth and attended court in Minneapolis for a BUI case.
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) received calls about deer baiting, deer hunting during closed season, wanton waste, and numerous calls for clarification about hunting and ATV laws. 
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked goose hunters, boaters, and anglers throughout the week. He also assisted CO Boyum in contacting a small-game hunter in St. Paul.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) attended training in Austin, Texas throughout the week. CO McGowan also patrolled Dakota County for waterfowl-hunting activity. 
CO Brad Johnson (Ham Lake) worked the archery deer and small-game openers with CO Arntzen. An individual was cited for hunting deer over bait in the Cedar Creek Conservation Area. They also investigated another deer-baiting complaint in Hugo.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) continued working angling, boating, and aquatic invasive species enforcement throughout the weak. He also spoke to a group of more than 100 youth at a firearm safety class in Scott County and responded to calls and TIP complaints.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) handled several trespassing complaints. Hunters are reminded that a person may not enter agricultural land without permission from the landowner.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports complaints were worked dealing with hunting over bait, WIA violations, and trespassing.
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) reports that while patrolling area WMAs on foot, the officer discovered untagged and illegally placed snares.
WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) issued a restoration order extension in Swift County and issued a restoration order in Chippewa County.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) worked the small-game and archery openers and noted light pressure with limited success in the area. He followed up on a wetland complaint and a nuisance-beaver complaint.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) followed up on a complaint about an ATVer driving on the Luce Line Trail. She also investigated a TIP call regarding shooting before and after hunting hours for geese.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) worked the opening of the archery deer and small-game seasons. While working the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Oberg located a lost Labrador and was able to reunite the dog with its owners.
CO Jason Beckmann (Windom) reports the annual Youth Hunters Rendezvous event, held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Windom area office.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked small-game opener and prepped for waterfowl season. CO Howe also assisted a local sheriff’s office with the search for missing canoeists and assisted an angler with identification of a fish species. Many small-game hunters were checked, with squirrels the primary quarry. More than a dozen hunters had to have a “no trespassing” sign explained to them on county land closed to hunting.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) checked goose-hunting activity. The officer also taught a firearm safety field day class.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) attended an Izaak Walton League meeting and gave a review of new hunting regulations.
CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent most of the week checking Canada goose and dove hunters. Enforcement action was taken for small-game hunting violations.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working the small-game and archery openers. Squirrel hunting was poor. Very few squirrels were seen in the bags of hunters checked.
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending the weekend checking small-game and archery hunters. A presentation also was given at the Frontenac Sportsmen’s Club. Some fishing and archery hunting violations were detected. 
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working on of the busiest small-game and archery openers in recent memory. Most public land had numerous vehicles at every access point.
CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) followed up on a complaint with the local government unit on a wetland complaint. 
CO Phil George (Rochester) checked a few ATV operators and took complaints about ATVs being used on the state forest land.

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