District 1 – Baudette area
CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) received and investigated complaints about deer shinning, with deer being shot and left behind. CO Warren also investigated complaints about dogs chasing deer, possible wild ducks being kept as pets, and someone hunting in Old Mill State Park. Information was provided to a landowner regarding trespass regulations.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) worked angling activity, duck, goose, and grouse hunters, and patrolled for shiners throughout the week.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) investigated numerous complaints ranging from shining to pubic waters complaints.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports checking youth deer hunters. An illegal fire was checked, and hunting complaint areas were monitored.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked waterfowl enforcement, including a late-shooting complaint. Follow-up was started on a calf kill, possibly by wolves.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) assisted the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office in locating an individual who was operating a personal watercraft after hours and had been reported missing. The PY had quit running, and the individual spent a considerable amount of time in shorts and a T-shirt, stranded on Lake Lida in cold conditions before being located.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) investigated a TIP complaint resulting in the arrest of a father and son duo for shooting a trumpeter swan and hunting waterfowl without a license. A trap was found set two days prior to the opening of the raccoon-trapping season, and Plautz seized the trap with a skunk in it. He also investigated complaints about deer baiting.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) spent time patrolling for both waterfowl- and pheasant-hunting activity.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to check hunters and work activity involving waterfowl, small game, pheasant, and archery deer.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood), along with the BCA, investigated a complaint on a waterfowl production area in southern Pope County. Calls were fielded regarding injured animals and trapping regulations.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) reports a littering case was taken care of, along with some car-killed deer. A shining detail was worked, and follow-up was conducted on several active cases.
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) monitored angling, AIS, small-game hunting, and waterfowling activities throughout the week. A neighboring officer was assisted with attempting to locate a vehicle involved in a big-game violation.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) assisted with a search for a missing child in the woods, and a vehicle accident resulting in a live power line over it.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) assisted the local sheriff’s office with a call regarding a half-submerged boat on a local lake.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports complaints about ATVers operating in wetlands and destroying trails were handled.
CO Dan Starr (Tower) worked on a neighboring hunting shack dispute regarding beaver issues and cited an individual for shooting beavers illegally.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) assisted the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department with a complaint about a large group of boaters on an area lake who were making excessive noise, swearing, and smoking marijuana at the public access. The high school event apparently did not have enough supervision, but was taken care of by the officers in concert with the instructors.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) followed up on reports from sportsmen who found deer baits and reported the locations of them. Reports of lynx sightings were investigated and forwarded to DNR Wildlife. An eager trapper was seen preparing for the upcoming trapping season. However, the trapper neglected to read over the regulations that dealt with pre-empting a trap site.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) states a report that a large, 8-point buck was poached in the Hutter area is being investigated.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked BWCAW duck hunters and found plenty going on. All but one group received citations for violations for everything from marijuana to transporting loaded guns in a motorboat. One of the groups was found to have a chain saw and nearly 100 beer cans. One disturbing reality was that nearly every group had lead shot. The recurring excuse was that they might see a grouse on a portage trail.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) attended training in St. Paul on arrest and control techniques. The officer took a reports on hunter harassment and deer baiting.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked mainly waterfowl and grouse hunters and anglers throughout the week. Two anglers encountered on Lake Vermillion were discovered to have a limit of walleyes in the boat, with more back at a resort, leading to seizure of fish and fines with restitution.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) attended K9 training with his partner, Sci. He also worked a district work project and attended a district meeting.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) gave a safety presentation to a Minnesota Power group about cold water safety and tick bite prevention.
CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) investigated deer-baiting complaints, investigated a wetland violation, and assisted with an AIS check station.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) reports a Wetland Conservation Act restoration order and public waters citations were issued for resource impacts.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent a large part of the week working shining complaint areas. Several TIP calls were investigated.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) spent time investigating a complaint about an illegally taken bear. The case is still under investigation. A shining detail was worked in the area during which one misdemeanor shining arrest was made. Assistance was given to a neighboring officer regarding a trespassing complaint.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (Northeast Minnesota) worked with DNR waters staff in closing out several public waters cases and continued work with other local government units.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) responded with a CO in reference to a deer shot and left west of Duluth.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked a few diehard anglers on Lake Superior.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and duck hunters, and worked details regarding illegal deer shining.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) checked state wildlife management areas in the station for deer stands and other equipment. A late-shooting complaint regarding waterfowl also was investigated.
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) assisted a neighboring officer with a big-game violation investigation. A person was cited for shooting a deer from his back deck with a crossbow and failing to tag or register it, and an angler received a citation for attempting to launch his boat into Gull Lake after just coming from Mille Lacs Lake – with large amounts aquatic vegetation still attached to the boat and trailer in several areas.
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) followed up on a TIP complaint about trespassing and baiting on an individual’s property. Officer Lee received requests for nuisance beaver permits. At one location, the beavers in the area had destroyed more than 40 trees in a short amount of time. Officer Lee also followed up with an incident for the Brainerd Police Department involving a person who was operating his vehicle in the Mississippi River and became stuck. A citation for operating below the ordinary high water mark was issued.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports a complaint about a boater threatening to not drain his PWC and introduce zebra mussels to other lakes was investigated. The investigation’s results: The boater’s comments were sarcastic and he was not going to introduce zebra mussels to other lakes.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports several TIP complaints about parties shining fields and of deer carcasses being found were fielded. Tribal netting on Mille Lacs Lake also was monitored during the week, and assistance was given to the sheriff’s department regarding an uncooperative subject. A report about a bear attacking a person’s livestock was taken.
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) worked ATV and OHM activity. A juvenile was arrested for operating an OHM while intoxicated. The juvenile also was operating on a public road, not wearing a helmet, operating an unregistered OHM, and operating without an OHM safety certificate. Illegal shining activity has picked up. Shining details were worked, and enforcement action was taken for illegal use of artificial lights to locate deer. The culprits were shining after legal hours with their vehicle’s headlights. They also had open beer bottles in the vehicle.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) handled a hunter who was drawn for the Camp Ripley archery hunt who was found to be illegally pre-scouting in an area of Camp Ripley where he wasn’t authorized to be, including driving around a closed barrier. The hunter subsequently had his upcoming Camp Ripley hunt permit pulled, and enforcement action was taken for trespass, including breaching the closed barrier. CO Kuske, with assistance from a Little Falls police officer, took a TIP call about a crossbow hunter in the Little Falls city limits. The hunter was located and was found to be using an invalid license that he had purchased the same day (main deer licenses have a two-day waiting period if purchased after the start of the season). The hunter stated he had read the regulations book entirely and hadn’t seen that rule.
CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud) worked a waterfowl case in which two young hunters entered private property after being told they didn’t have permission to hunt there. The boys then stood on private agricultural land while shooting waterfowl over a pond.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) partnered with the Pierz Police Department in opening a satellite office at the local high school. Pierz school officials found it to be a natural fit to provide office space for local law enforcement to spend time during the school week.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports receiving late-shooting complaints in the area. Several areas have duck hunters shooting past sunset. CO Langevin also responded to several baiting and trespassing issues.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) reports enforcement action was taken for hunting deer over a baited area and operating an ATV on a state trunk highway – with a suspended driver’s license.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking duck hunters and bowhunters. CO Grewe also responded to a complaint about a hunter in the woods hunting deer with a shotgun. CO Grewe made contact with hunter, who was hunting squirrels.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) responded to a call in Minneapolis about an abandoned houseboat on the Mississippi River. The caller stated it looked like the original owner left it, and homeless people are living in it now. It turned out that the boat wasn’t abandoned at all.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) responded to several calls about late shooting, continued investigating ongoing deer cases, and monitored vehicle traffic in the WMAs.
CO Brad Johnson (Ham Lake) reports that he concluded an investigation, along with the aquatic plant management specialist. He also investigated a trespass complaint in Oak Grove.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked waterfowl and archery hunters. CO Pril also worked big-game enforcement with CO Neitzke in Dakota County.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) handled a TIP call in which an individual failed to tag or register his deer. CO Kruse also finished a case in which a resident placed large amounts of fill below the ordinary high water mark on a lake in Ramsey County.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked anglers, and archery deer, pheasant, and waterfowl hunters throughout the week. Reports of deer baiting, trap tampering, and hunter trespass were investigated.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working archery deer hunters, duck hunters, and pheasant hunters. Rain has slowed crop harvest, with a good deal of the fields yet to be picked. Two locked-up mature bucks were separated.
CO Doug Lage (Marshall) assisted with a Pheasants Forever youth hunt in Pipestone County, Several special beaver permits have been issued.
WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) worked with Renville County local government units on a WCA violation, restoration order. Officer Hanson also completed a site visit on a protected waters violation in Chippewa County.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) collected a car-killed eagle and followed up on a nuisance-beaver complaint.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) checked waterfowl and pheasant hunters throughout the week. She also followed up on a TIP call regarding a possible overlimit of geese. Enforcement action was taken on a hunter hunting with an unplugged gun.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received calls regarding trespassing and wanton waste. Other local law enforcement contacts indicated night-hunting activity. Nelson assisted local law enforcement and continued to investigate a deer-baiting complaint that resulted in enforcement action.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked pheasant- and duck-hunting activity. Gruhlke also completed his weekly radio program, discussing the pheasant opener and other area activity.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) reports arrangements were made for upcoming safety classes, a trespass case was investigated, and assistance was given to a local agency with a domestic disturbance call.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers, boaters, ATV operators, and waterfowl hunters. CO Ihnen also patrolled the area for small-game and archery deer hunters.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) continues to work waterfowl hunters in the area. An AIS detail also was worked. Baiting complaints are being investigated.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports two subjects were found to be fishing trout on designated trout waters. One subject had no stamp or license and was angling during the closed season. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) received a complaint from a person photographing the fall colors. She advised him she was concerned about a duck hunter putting a duck on a stick in the water. The duck kept flapping its wings but could not get off the stick. There were several other ducks sitting still on the water around the duck stuck on the stick. Hemker explained the use of decoys while duck hunting.
CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) says a bowhunter reported a black bear that came back to his deer stand three times while he was hunting one evening last week. It appears that there are two black bears showing up on a regular basis in the Houston County area.