District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) found violations including shooting from the road, trespassing, taking an antlerless deer without a permit, transporting illegally taken big game, and failing to validate a tag.
CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) focused on big-game and small-game enforcement throughout the Warroad area, including the Northwest Angle and Beltrami Island State Forest. Enforcement action was taken for transporting a loaded firearm on an ATV.
CO Hannah Cowden (Warroad) reports monitoring traps set in a state forest and complaints about hunting over bait. Violations included untagged traps.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) worked with multiple neighboring officers on an array of different activities, ranging from checking deer hunters to spearing activity.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) reports enforcement for transporting loaded firearms, unlawful use of a radio to take big game, failure to tag a deer, failure to validate a tag, and leaving a stand in a WMA.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) gave assistance to the sheriff’s office with the report about a rabid gray fox.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports various TIP calls were received concerning illegal hunting methods.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) responded to agency calls, car kills, and a shot moose.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked firearms deer hunters and checked a few trappers.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) investigated a complaint about an individual shooting on a refuge and a complaint about an individual shooting from the road.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) investigated a TIP call and complaint regarding hunter harassment.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) assisted with locating a lone female driving in a vehicle; she had a gunshot wound to the leg. First aid was rendered while waiting for medics.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports duck season is over, with most smaller bodies of water iced up.
CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) assisted a member of the public and wildlife staff in freeing a deer that had broken through thin ice.
CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) reports an incident in which several vehicle operators were chasing deer around a section. When confronted by the officer, they asked how they were supposed to follow deer to see where they go if they can’t use their vehicles to follow them across multiple sections of land.
WREO Joe Stattelman investigated a possible waters and WCA violation.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports a large concentration of geese in the area despite the midwinter-like temperatures.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) responded to a call about an injured raccoon. Several trespass issues were dealt with during the week, and phone calls and questions were answered.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) worked deer-shining complaints.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) observed some portable fish houses out on area lakes even though the ice is very thin.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports a hunter was cited for a deer overlimit. After being interviewed by both COs Lawler and Johanson, the hunter admitted to shooting three bucks this fall, two of which were illegal. Another hunter admitted to hunting deer during opening weekend without a license.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports numerous violations for illegal party hunting and lending and borrowing deer tags.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) partnered with CO Baumbarger in working the deer season in Stevens and Pope counties. Anderson also assisted CO Miska in working the vacant Benson station during deer season.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports complaints were received of trespass, deer overlimits, and shooting within 500 feet of houses.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) took enforcement action for hunting while intoxicated, second-degree DWI, transporting loaded firearms, and trespassing.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) reminds Park Rapids-area anglers to monitor lakes with current flowing through them, making the ice thin and unpredictable.
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) received a TIP call about a shining and shooting incident. The violators were found, and the deer recovered. The firearms, lights, and deer were seized.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) spent time checking on reports of people illegally cutting spruce tops from timber land.
CO Beau Shroyer (Remer) spent time getting to know the Remer station and neighboring officers.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) investigated a case involving lending/borrowing a big-game license and illegal party hunting.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) made contact with the operator of a three-wheeler who had been reported for trespassing and ripping up yards and a public access.
CO Colleen Adam (ATV Rec) responded to untagged deer, operating ATVs on closed trails, and shooting from the road complaints.
WREO Shane Siltala responded to a call about an injured deer in the middle of a frozen pond.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) assisted the State Patrol and Koochiching County Sheriff’s Office with a case of driving while under the influence of alcohol.
CO Jim Van Asch (International Falls) reports assisting COs Patten and Kittelson with a call about an injured swan stuck on a slightly frozen pond just outside of Big Falls.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports little deer-hunting activity observed during the week.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports fish houses are starting to show up on some of the smaller bays of Lake Vermilion and some of the smaller lakes in the area.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower), CO Bermel, and an 1854 CO investigated a deer stand in a state park and posting of land issues.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) found two hunters trespassing on the officer’s land. They were advised that they should have looked a little closer to the name on the “no trespassing” sign.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) took numerous reports about people shooting deer – specifically does – from the roadway.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) received a complaint from hunters at their cabin that when they left for a short time, someone drove into the yard and stole a 7-point buck from the meat pole.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports deer-hunting activity has slowed significantly on the Echo Trail, with only a fraction of the hunters seen last weekend.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked whitefish netting and deer hunters.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that as the old saying goes, “Some people will do almost anything for a buck.” One minute a hunter is admiring his prized trophy buck, thinking about entering it in a big buck contest with visions of cash and prizes. The next minute he sees his unlawfully taken animal and his rifle leaving with the local CO and sheriff’s deputy. All he is left with is one of those parting gifts from the CO that you just don’t want.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) followed up on baiting cases from past seasons and handled a nuisance-bear complaint.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) notes the first pike spearer of the season hadn’t purchased a spearing license. One individual was encountered for the second time in a month, road-hunting while in possession of marijuana.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) reports the lack of deer and cold temps prompted several hunters to try their luck on the road. A few were found to be driving around with uncased and loaded guns in their front seats. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) assisted the State Patrol with a semi-truck that veered off the highway into the woods, taking out several large trees along the way.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) reports enforcement action for using radios to take big game.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked small game, big game, and ATV activity. Violations included hunting deer over bait, using radios to take game, lending/borrowing a license, illegal transporting big game, a deer overlimit, failing to validate a tag, failing to register deer, and operating an ATV during closed hours.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) and K-9 partner Si located a spent rifle casing at a baited deer stand.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) investigated a complaint about road hunting and handled a call concerning an injured deer stuck on a recently frozen-over lake.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) reports enforcement action for trespassing, failing to validate a deer tag at the site of kill, and failing to tag a deer.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) responded to several hunting complaints during the week.
CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) took enforcement action for a felon in possession of a firearm. Wichmann also assisted in looking for a lost hunter.
CO John Velsvaag (Northeast Regional ATV officer) responded to a car accident where a gray wolf was hit and killed.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) took enforcement action for transporting loaded firearms and ATV violations.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports a deer was discovered illegally shot by an archer and left to rot near Basswood Road in Duluth. If you have any information about this senseless and illegal killing, please call the CO.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) fielded several calls regarding deer permit areas and what was legal to take.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports one hunter was stopped while operating his ATV against traffic, after dark, on Highway 23 and with no lights on. After getting him stopped and questioning his driving actions, he was found to be intoxicated and was arrested for DUI.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Marine Unit) reports that while investigating a dumping complaint at one public water access, another person was caught in the act of dumping at a different access nearby. Responsibly disposing of your trash is cheaper for everyone.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) reports enforcement action was taken for big game violations, ATV issues, and drug activity.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) gave assistance to a first-time hunter in locating a doe that was shot at. The evidence unfortunately showed that the bullet had entered a large white oak tree, and the doe ran away unharmed.
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) received a call about an injured trumpeter swan. The swan eventually was caught after a lengthy chase through the woods and wrestling match that CO Lee finally won. The swan was transported to the Garrison Animal Hospital for evaluation.
CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) responded to a call about hunter trespass in which a landowner reported that a hunter shot a buck on his hayfield. The evidence supported this, and the 9-point buck was seized.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) reports one hunter was arrested on a warrant.
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports deer and firearms were seized and enforcement contacts were made for a variety of big game-related violations.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) received a call about a deer through the ice, but the deer went down before the officer arrived.
CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec Area) investigated vandalism in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports one group of waterfowlers had to break a quarter-mile of ice to get to their hunting spot.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) followed up on a wetland issue, worked on equipment maintenance, and answered questions regarding the Mille Lacs spearing season.
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) fielded several calls throughout the week, including big game, small game, and angling questions.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) responded to a party that had gotten stuck on what he thought was a forest road and needed assistance. When the officer arrived, he explained to the party that he was not on a forest road and that the trail was not maintained for vehicle traffic. A tow was called to get him off the trail.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) received a TIP call about an ATVer operating in a WMA. The case was made, and the operator of the ATV was cited for the violation.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) reports violations found throughout the week included illegal stands and ATV activity in WMAs and other deer-hunting violations.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) checked one lucky hunter during the weekend who braved the cold weather and was able to harvest a very large nontypical buck near Hinckley.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) reports most smaller lakes have frozen over.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) noticed the first ice angler of the year on Sunday as the angler was standing near a crack in the ice with open water only a couple hundred yards out. A reminder to all early ice anglers: consider safety first before venturing out.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked deer-shining complaints.
WREO Keith Bertram reports action for baiting, lending and borrowing deer licenses, failing to register deer, and transporting loaded guns. Several deer and firearms were seized.
CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked ice anglers, along with waterfowl hunters.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) was called to a violation of a hunter trespassing and shooting within 500 feet of a house. The hunter was found with his father and his son, dragging the deer out of the woods that he had illegally shot. Upon further investigation, it was found that the grandfather and father had the youth shoot a deer earlier that day from the road in front of a residence within 500 feet. This was how the youth was mentored on getting his very first deer.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) reports that while hunting deer in a cornfield, two guys encountered a large black bear. At first the bear ran off, but later became aggressive, unwilling to back down from the hunters and continuing to advance on them down the corn row. One of the hunters shot the bear and turned it over to CO Kuske.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) checked deer and pheasant hunters.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) investigated a TIP call about hunters in a closed refuge.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) assisted with an injured sandhill crane.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) spent most of the week working deer hunters, but did check a few snowmobilers out with the first snow.
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reminds snowmobile riders that grant-in-aid trails do not open until Dec. 1.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) investigated violations of shooting from a roadway.
CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) responded to calls about injured animals, trespassing, hunting from a vehicle, a rifle in a shotgun zone, and transporting loaded firearms.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Tony Salzer (Osseo) investigated a case of lending and borrowing a deer license.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) investigated TIP complaints regarding wanton waste and trespassing. Violations included license issues.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) continued to assist a Kansas warden on a deer case.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) assisted Fort Snelling State Park staff during the Dakota Women and Children Commemorative March.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent time working deer shiners and patrolling WMAs.
WREO Adam Block (Metro) received various calls pertaining to hunting in the metro area.
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) reports waterfowlers on the river are breaking ice to get out to their spots.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) and CO Lisa Kruse spent a day checking fewer deer hunters this year than previous years in Pine County due to snow and cold weather.
CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) issued a citation for leaving a stand in Carlos Avery WMA.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) worked on deer cases and assisted Wisconsin wardens with cases.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) notes that word with goose hunters is that the geese left Canada but have not gathered en masse at Lac qui Parle.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) worked the firearms deer season and also checked pheasant and waterfowl hunters.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) reports a 10-point buck was illegally shot with a rifle and left for dead, just west of Big Stone State Park, off of Minnesota Hwy. 7. The violator stopped in the traffic lane and shot from a motor vehicle. Anyone with information regarding this violation is encouraged to call the Turn-in-Poachers hotline at (800) 652-9093.
CO Doug Lage (Marshall) conducted his weekly radio show on KLOH Radio.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) checked snowmobile operators and received multiple complaints about snowmobilers operating off-trail.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) reminded one duck hunter that he still needed a plug in his gun even during the deer season.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) reports that the cold weather and snow slowed down the activity for the last push of the deer season.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) checked several hunters out driving around and found very good compliance with firearms being unloaded.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) reports that open-water waterfowl-hunting opportunities are limited to pools on the rivers.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) investigated complaints pertaining to trespass and shooting from a motor vehicle were investigated.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) reports a family dog was intentionally shot with a shotgun slug near its place of residency and left on the road.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) notes that trespassing issues continue to put demands on the officer’s time.
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) reports one poacher shot a deer in the front yard of a rural residence, after pulling into the driveway. The deer fell to the ground only 35 feet from the residence. Enforcement action is pending.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking deer, pheasant, and duck hunters.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) reports several TIP calls and complaints were received regarding illegal deer-hunting activity.
CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) investigated a number of trespass complaints, as well as big game-related violations.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) reports helping the Winona County Sheriff’s Department with searching for missing fishermen assumed drowned by Lock and Dam 7.
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) spent time checking waterfowl hunters and ice-fishing activity.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports duck hunters continue to access the river, and limits of mallards were checked.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) reports boat launches icing up, but the hunters who did make it out on the water had some luck. Goose hunters also did OK with the new snow.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) watched a hunter shoot and drop a deer from his blind. The hunter then walked up to the deer, checked it, and then went back to his blind to retrieve his hunting knife. While the hunter was in his blind getting his knife, the deer stood, looked around, and ran away, unbeknownst to the hunter. When the CO reached the hunter, he said, “You are not going to believe what happened to me.”
CO Phil George (Rochester) notes goose-hunting activity is picking up.