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MInnesota Cuffs & Collars – November 22nd, 2013

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) spent the week checking deer hunters and fielding complaints. Assistance was given in the search for a lost hunter in the Lost River State Forest north of Salol.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) continued to monitor deer-hunting activity. Complaints about deer baiting, trespass, and shooting from the road were investigated.
CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) worked with area COs on a detail using a deer decoy, which was documented by an area reporter. Complaints regarding trespass were investigated, with charges pending. A complaint about lending or borrowing deer tags was investigated. A possible ongoing wetlands violation reported by an area hydrologist was investigated.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports time was spent monitoring shining activity, and investigating trespassing complaints, illegal dumping of deer carcasses, and hunter harassment. Assistance was given to the sheriff’s office on a trespassing complaint involving an ongoing civil property line dispute.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) reports numerous complaints were handled, ranging from hunters shooting does without permits to hunting while intoxicated. One hunter checked was found to be intoxicated at 11 a.m. The hunter faces charges, and his firearm was seized.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) assisted other agencies, handled car-killed animals, and continued enforcement during the firearms deer season.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) responded to hunting complaints, checked hunters, and investigated litter violations.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) checked firearms deer hunters throughout the week. A follow-up investigation was conducted on a tagging issue in which a bonus tag was used in a lottery area. 
CO Chris Vinton (Detroit Lakes) reports several calls about deer parts getting dumped in road ditches have already been received. A frustrated deer hunter shot two swans with a deer rifle off the road between Rock and Rice lakes. Any information that leads to the arrest is eligible for a cash reward. Callers may contact the CO directly or through TIP at 1-800-652-9093.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) reports a busy firearms deer season. Deer have been hard to come by, according to many hunters in the area. CO Seefeldt responded to complaints about hunter harassment, hunting in an SNA, and trespass.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) reports a slow start to the deer season, but it continued to get busier as the week progressed. Complaints about baiting, trespass, shots at night, and a headless buck were investigated. One incident involved shining and shooting from a motor vehicle, fleeing in a motor vehicle, fleeing on foot, transporting loaded firearms, and shooting from the road. CO Peterson was assisted by other conservation officers, local police, county deputies and a state trooper. The incident resulted in the arrest of the suspects and the seizure of three deer, firearms, and a motor vehicle.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) worked a busy week of deer season. Several trespass calls were investigated throughout the week. A considerable amount of time was spent investigating a complaint regarding an individual who took a deer without a license and a case of an individual who took two deer over his limit.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) spent most of the week working firearms deer season activities. COs Lawler and Osborne worked a case in which a father and son were found hunting together on a 20-acre tract of land. A problem arose when it was discovered that two large feeders holding cracked corn were sitting in between them. Firearms were seized, and citations were issued.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on shining complaints, pheasant hunters, waterfowl hunters, and deer hunters. The officer continued to check out and investigate reports of deer shining in the Graceville and Wheaton areas. A complaint was received about an individual shooting a deer from a roadway in Traverse County. Follow-up investigation resulted in a citation being issued for the offense.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked hunters and ATV operators during the week. Officer Hunter took reports about car-killed deer, people hunting over bait, trespass, and rifle deer hunters in the refuge. One group of rifle hunters in the refuge ended up having illegal drugs on them, which ended with a search warrant, three people arrested, and six firearms and a vehicle seized. Charges included possession of a controlled substance, hunting under the influence, obstructing, hunting in a refuge, and a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) checked deer hunters during the week. One hunter needed assistance with a lost site tag when the rope apparently came untied. The hunter was given some sturdy cable ties, and said everyone in the family was going to get some for Christmas. Officer Oldakowski investigated a hunter harassment complaint, a damage to property case, and a trespassing violation.
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) reported primary enforcement efforts this week focused on big-game hunting activity. He received four complaints about shooting from a roadway or motor vehicle at deer. One of the road hunters was caught by the landowner while the subject took a deer on a hayfield, from the road. The subject already had gutted the deer in the field and had dragged it to his car. When CO Sommers arrived, he discovered a loaded handgun in the subject’s car. The hunter believed he was not trespassing, as the land was not posted. The officer explained to the hunter that agricultural land does not have to be posted; the deer was seized, and enforcement action was taken.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on deer-hunting activity. Calls about trespass and ATVs being operated during closed hours are still prevalent. CO Broughten also investigated complaints about shooting from the roadway and deer baiting. CO Broughten assisted other officers in locating a lost hunter and also assisted the Cass County Sheriff’s Office with call regarding a hunter pinned under a lawn tractor.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked deer season complaints in the Staples area. He fielded numerous calls during the season, including an 11:30 p.m. call the night before the opener from a caller who wanted the officer to complete the field day portion of the online firearm safety course so he could purchase his license and hunt the next day. Another two hunters asked if they could place an “antlerless” tag on an “antlered” buck. CO Halverson assisted two hunters with retrieving their deer, including a 20-year hunter with his first buck and an older gentleman from Pillager. CO Halverson also initiated investigations into a bear shot and left in the woods and a swan shot with a rifle near Pillager on the Crow Wing River.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Dan Starr (Tower) continued to work deer season and late-season trapping activity. There were numerous complaints from hunters who are seeing more wolves than deer.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) spent most of the week working the firearms deer season. Trespass and baiting complaints and violations were handled. Two separate cases of shooting a deer from the roadway were handled, with both cases cleared with charges and one deer seized.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) is assisting Eveleth Forestry with the theft of spruce tops from state land. A couple of people were found taking spruce tops from state land, they were both charged, and one was transported to jail for an outstanding warrant. Fredin assisted the Hoyt Lakes police with a report of shot fired within the city limits, presumably at a deer. A search of the area resulted in a blood trail, ATV tracks, a gut pile, and an individual was seen in the area with a deer on an ATV. The suspect initially lied and stated his deer came from outside town, but later admitted to shooting the deer. 

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Sean Williams (Ely) investigated two poached deer in a road ditch east of Ely and a trespass complaint in the same area.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked deer hunters during the week. Many people were road “hunting” with uncased guns, open actions, and rounds sticking in the heater vents, ready for shooting deer from the roadway. When Fagerman checked one road-hunting duo, the passenger had the muzzle of his gun nestled up against the rib cage of the driver.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) took a report about a deer chasing a dog in the pet owner’s yard. CO Manning also followed up on previous baiting and deer hunter complaints.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports seven more people were cited throughout the week for hunting over bait. In each case, rifles were confiscated, as were three bucks that were shot over bait, which adds a $500 restitution cost to the offender’s fine amount. 

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) assisted county officials with a hunter who was found deceased near his deer stand.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) checked deer hunters this past week and weekend. She took complaints about trespassing, shining, and shooting from the road at deer. She also investigated a complaint involving deer carcasses, which led to several big-game violations from this year and last year. 
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) continued working on investigations dealing with baiting issues. CO Sutherland also took enforcement action for transporting a big-game animal on a motor vehicle without the proper tag, failing to tag a big-game animal, failure to validate a tag, trespassing, and shooting from the road right of way at a big-game animal. 

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) worked baiting complaints and took enforcement action with the aid of CO Olson and CO Hanzal. A case involving loaded firearms in a motor vehicle, no hunting license, illegal use of tags, and illegal party hunting was investigated.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent the majority of the week working the firearms deer season. Violations investigated included hunter harassment, hunting deer over bait, shooting at deer from the roadway, and shining deer after hours.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports that deer harvest appears to be down in the area, as deer hunters were checked in the area. Assistance was given to another officer with an arrest involving hunting under the influence and operating an ATV under the influence, which included two individuals.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Marine Unit) worked deer-season activities in neighboring inland stations. Baiting complaints continue to be reported.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on deer-hunting enforcement this week. Complaints reported and investigated were hunting over bait, shooting after hours, overlimits, trespassing, and carcass dumping. One group of hunters had to break one-quarter mile of ice to get to their hunting spot. A complaint of trapping in the city of Brainerd was investigated and referred to Brainerd police. Reports about vehicles on closed trails in the Pillsbury forest were investigated. 
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) assisted with an emergency call from a hunter, that while using a garden tractor as an ATV in a remote location, had attempted to drive up ramps into the back of his truck, with a deer still attached to the back. The tractor flipped over, onto the hunter, pinning him underneath. The hunter was able to use his cell phone to call for help.
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) responded to a high volume of calls and complaints associated with the firearms deer season, including deer baiting, suspicious hunting activity, road hunting, shooting deer at night, trespassing, and target shooting. 
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) received a call from an individual who reported he had just observed a party shoot from the road into some public land. Upon further investigation, Officer Lee found the suspected party in the same hunting camp as the reporting party.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) reports numerous deer carcasses have been located in the road right of way with antlers removed and areas of useable meat. 

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) assisted a neighboring officer with several baiting cases that resulted in the seizure of firearms and deer. A trespass complaint was handled in which a hunter shot a deer right in front of a house, with the owner in the house. The suspect never got the deer, but ended up with a citation. Another person hunting with him was cited for not wearing blaze orange. A call of a trapper being harassed while setting traps was investigated. 
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) assisted or handled a variety of calls ranging from trespass, to baiting, to no blaze orange to ATV issues. Weather again played a part for low harvest of deer. Several car kill deer permits were issued and time was spent walking WMAs to see if stands were left overnight.
CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked the gun deer season, including reports of road hunting, trespassing, hunter harassment, and illegal stands on public property.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Mike Martin (St. Cloud), while patrolling on Friday evening, witnessed two young men urinating alongside a county highway. It turns out they were transporting a loaded firearm, as well. During the subsequent interview, an overlimit of deer was uncovered, as were violations for transporting illegally taken big game, illegal party hunting, and multiple license violations.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) assisted CO Silgjord with a TIP report of trespass/shooting from a road. The suspects were found later, and enforcement action was taken. The suspects lost the buck deer, as well as their guns.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) received a call to assist a hunter with retrieving a deer he had shot that had run onto private property. The deer ended up being a nice 9-point buck, but when CO Kuske checked the hunter’s registration records, it was found he’d already registered a buck during archery season. CO Kuske asked the hunter if he had gotten a buck during the archery season, and the hunter said, “Oh, I forgot about that one.” The deer was seized, and a citation issued for an overlimit of deer. 

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) finished up a 4-year big-game investigation with charges filed. He continues following up on a number of baiting TIP calls.  
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked deer hunters during the week. Several trespass calls and hunting complaints were investigated, and enforcement action was taken. 
CO Angela Londgren (Princeton) took calls about wanton waste, shooting from the roadway, traps not being checked, dogs chasing deer, car-killed deer, and hunting over bait.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Tony Salzer (Osseo) dealt with a hunter harassment issue in Brooklyn Park during a deer-reduction hunt in the city. Salzer also responded to a report about an trumpeter swan that had been shot in the northern part of the county. Anyone with any information on the incident is encouraged to call the TIP hotline.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) conducted interviews for possible violations that took place in other areas of the state and followed up with TIP complaints.
CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) patrolled Dakota and Scott counties for waterfowl hunters. He checked deer hunters and investigated a call about an antler point restriction deer. CO Neitzke also responded to a call about a possible dead eagle. 
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) checked hunters in Carver and Scott counties. He returned phone calls seeking information about where to go hunting.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) handled trespassing complaints, TIP calls, and trapping complaints. He continued to investigate ongoing deer cases and calls about deer carcasses being dumped in WMAs and along the roadside.
CO Brad Johnson (Ham Lake) reports that for the second time in his career, he came upon “dummies” in deer stands. Two individuals had stuffed scarecrows in blaze-orange clothing on a property line because of squabbles.
CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) continued to check waterfowl and deer hunters throughout the week in Dakota and Crow Wing counties. CO McGowan also attended a court trial from a BWI arrest. 
WREO Adam Block (Metro) responded to several calls resulting in numerous citations and seized game. Several cease and desist orders were issued. 

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports unethical deer hunters chasing deer with motor vehicles was a common complaint during the last weekend of the season. Along with Tracy Fire and Ambulance, the CO responded to a hunting incident at Garvin Park. A bowhunter fell from his portable deer stand and sustained a possible back injury.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working pheasant hunters, trappers, and deer hunters. Enforcement action was taken for a variety of big-game violations.
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) reports that chasing deer, shooting from the roadway, and trespass were persistent problems throughout the firearms deer season. The officer also is investigating several complaints about unlawful use of antlerless tags.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) continues to receive reports on people illegally hunting raccoons at night.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) worked a TIP call with a neighboring officer, dealing with the lending and borrowing of deer licenses and illegal party hunting. 
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) reports the majority of the officer’s time was spent dealing with individuals who were hunting deer over bait.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked continuously on the firearms deer season, checking hunters, and following up on complaints and investigations that are ongoing.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked deer-hunting, trapping, and waterfowl-hunting enforcement. Several trapping complaints continue to come in and were investigated.
CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week monitoring trappers, and small-game and deer hunters. A significant number of trespass complaints were investigated.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending the past week and weekend checking deer hunting, fishing and waterfowl hunting activity. Numerous deer hunters were encountered over the weekend with many of them commenting on the lack of deer activity. 
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) followed up on complaints of trespassing and shooting from the roadway, along with two separate deer that were shot, hidden, and left. 
CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) assisted with the removal of an airboat after the citizen had a prop and drive belt implode – just short of a miracle that the operator was not injured. Fritz reports a bowhunter was hunting in a remote area when he heard a single voice, and then saw a small dog that was followed by a 4-year-old boy who was lost, and a second dog. The bowhunter was able to locate the boy’s home and family. The police and the family were thankful for the bowhunter’s quick actions. The boy had wandered about two miles from home.

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