District 1 – Baudette area
CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked big- and small-game and angling enforcement throughout Warroad, the Northwest Angle, Lake of the Woods, and the Beltrami Island State Forest. CO Benjamin also attended the fur registration that took place in Roosevelt, and investigated a hunter attempting to take deer with the aid of bait.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) arrested a man for felony possession of narcotics on Lake of the Woods.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working trapping activity, ATV activity and time was spent investigating wolf-depredation complaints, preparing for an upcoming snowmobile safety class, and assisting the sheriff’s office with a report about a stolen fish house.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) checked trapping activity in the area. Ice fishermen were checked on area lakes. A complaint about individuals trespassing to gain access to a small lake was taken and investigated.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports trappers contacted him regarding fishers accidentally taken after the close of the season. He also investigated TIPs about possible unattended traps and overlimits of panfish.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports time was spent checking fishermen. Time also was spent following up on trapping complaints, possible illegal taking of deer, and attending a Minnesota Deer Hunters Association banquet.
CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week checking anglers, trappers, and muzzleloader hunters. Anglers are seeing up to 14 inches of ice, but there are several area lakes that still have open water or thin ice. Calls from the public included questions about fishing on the Red River, trespassing, and hunter harassment.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) assisted with fur registration in Fergus Falls, with good numbers of fishers observed.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) taught a snowmobile safety class in Henning, certifying 23 students during the weekend. Plautz also monitored deer hunters and ice anglers throughout the week. Deer carcasses being dumped in road ditches seemed to be a common complaint this week.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports more and more ice-fishing pressure on area lakes. A citation was issued to an angler for an overlimit of crappies.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to work deer-hunting activity, including muzzleloader and archery hunters. Several investigations were closed out, and several more remain open.
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) worked deer baiting-cases, trapping cases, and unlawful shelters on the ice.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked angling and trapping activity. Anglers are reporting up to 16 inches of ice in some areas, and some trucks have been seen on the ice. Pressure ridges and cracks are becoming a big issue for navigation on most larger lakes.
CO Beau Shroyer (Remer) noted an increase in ice-fishing activity. Anglers were checked on several area lakes. Also, a public waters issue was addressed.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on deer-hunting, trapping, spearing, and ice-angling activity. CO Broughten also checked muzzleloader deer hunters and assisted DNR Wildlife with fur registration.
CO Colleen Adam (ATV Rec) worked trappers, grouse hunters, muzzleloader deer hunters, and ice fishermen.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) spent time on muzzleloader and trapping enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for an illegal snare set, failure to validate a site coupon, and failure to register a pine marten. Fur registration was attended, with more furs registered than expected.
CO Jim Van Asch (International Falls) spent the week checking trappers, muzzleloader hunters, and ice anglers. Enforcement action was taken for untagged traps, failure to display valid registration, angling without a license in possession, and failure to register a bobcat.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) spent much of the week working the short fisher and martin trapping season, which he finished up by working the Tower fur registration station on Friday. Without having the actual numbers, it appears the number of fur registered this year in Tower was down. The wolf season in northeast Minnesota closed, and the Tower station took in a large number of the wolf registrations. The officer also investigated an angler-harassment complaint in which a landowner on a lake had a confrontation with an ice angler.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) investigated a doe that was shot in a bucks-only zone and registered otters, fishers, martens, and bobcats at fur registration day.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent time checking fisher and pine marten trappers. Issues such as untagged traps were encountered, and citations were issued to address the violations.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) assisted DNR Wildlife with fur registration at the Hibbing office; fur numbers appeared to be down. Fredin responded to a residence where the owner found a dead buck on his property and was concerned it had been shot.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked fishermen in the BWCAW.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked anglers, spearers, and trappers. Taking the time to read the regulations would have saved some trappers money and the pelts they had harvested.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a deer case with COs Williams and Stage. A large buck was seized that was taken out of season with a rifle. Several people were charged with an assortment of taking, transporting, and tagging violations. CO Bermel also took possession of incidental pre-season and extra during-season pine martens.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking trappers and ice anglers. The officer investigated a trapping case that resulted in traps and furs seized.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked angling, big-game hunting, and fur registration.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, worked trapping activity, monitored bough harvest, and investigated muzzleloader-hunting complaints.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) took a call concerning trespassing issues and other possible hunting violations. She and two other conservation officers went to investigate the incident and found an untagged deer hanging in camp.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) reports enforcement action was taken for an overlimit of deer, taking an antlerless deer without a lottery tag, baiting deer, failing to tag a deer, failing to validate a license, and failing to register a deer. A trapping case was worked in which illegally taken fur was transported.
CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) checked muzzleloader deer hunters and small-game hunters.
District 8 – Duluth area
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott reports work on a WCA violation in northern St. Louis County was conducted, with the investigation ongoing.
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) worked muzzleloader season the majority of the week and assisted with the Jay Cooke State Park hunt. Time was spent working trappers in the area and recovering incidental catches.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) assisted with a tree top and bough-cutting investigation. Several days were spent working trapping enforcement. Time also was spent working a recreation vehicle trespass complaint, several deer carcass littering complaints, and an investigation involving archery deer hunting.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) checked angling activity on several area lakes. He also continued an investigation into the alleged taking of spruce tops on public land.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
Sgt. Keith Olson (Marine Unit) checked anglers in the Duluth area. The ice appears to be in decent condition. Olson attended a Lake Superior Fisheries public meeting. The meeting dealt with the future management plan of Lake Superior and tributaries.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) worked ice angling and trapping enforcement during the week. He also attended fur registration and a Lake Superior management plan meeting.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) checked anglers and trappers, assisted with fur registration, and monitored late-season muzzleloader-hunting activity.
CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) reports checking ice anglers. She also followed up on a couple of deer-hunting investigations and checked trapping activity.
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity included follow-up work on deer-season cases, responding to complaints about dogs chasing deer, wanton waste of deer and the dumping of carcasses, and other suspicious hunting activity.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) checked anglers on area lakes and muzzleloader hunting activity. A criminal investigation from the late summer was completed and dropped off at the Morrison County Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Officer Guida also prepared for an upcoming drug investigation court trial involving an angler who illegally possessing controlled substances on a public water body.
CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) continued with investigations from the firearms deer season. Few muzzleloader hunters were out this past week. Officer Lee also attended a snowmobile safety training class in Emily that was well attended by area youth.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked trapping, fishing, and muzzleloader-hunting activity during the week.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked ice angling and spearing activity and the ATV traffic that goes with it. ATV violations were common. If you operate an ATV in Minnesota, there is a one-third chance you need to renew your registration this month.
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) checked people spearing on Mille Lacs. Several individuals had great success in spearing several northern pike. Investigations are being conducted regarding individuals who are illegally spearing fish other than northern pike; several credible leads are being followed.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) checked quite a few spear fishermen looking for pike on Mille Lacs. Assistance was given to the DNR Wildlife Division with fur registration in the Aitkin and General Andrews offices. A trespass complaint was followed up on, and a TIP regarding a trapping case was investigated. ATV activity was monitored in and around the Malmo station during the week and weekend.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) assisted DNR Wildlife with fur registration. She also worked with the Pine County attorney on a case from the 2013 deer season. A plea agreement was reached, and the defendant pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, hunting without a license, and fleeing from police.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) monitored spear-fishing activity on Mille Lacs. A trespass situation was looked into, and a deer case is under investigation. Fur registration was attended. Poor road conditions due to freezing rain called for CO Starr to assist with vehicles in ditches and traffic control.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent time continuing investigations that involved trespassing and deer poaching from the firearms deer season.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week answering questions about trapping, ice conditions, and muzzleloader hunting.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) patrolled area lakes and Mille Lacs Lake. A complaint about pre-empting a trapping area was investigated. A party called and reported shots after dark, which turned out to be a group setting off fireworks left over from the 4th of July.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week checking anglers on area lakes and followed up on investigations from the deer season.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling, spearing, small-game, and muzzleloader hunters. Enforcement action was taken for taking small game without a license.
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) reports several medium-sized shelters have appeared on area lakes. Although there are several inches of ice on most area lakes, ice thickness is not consistent, and some spots have been reopening. A game farm inspection was conducted.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) investigated a hunter for illegally lending/borrowing deer licenses from firearms deer season. The hunter had shot a buck and called a guy to come tag the deer. Enforcement action was taken for the violation.
WREO Keith Bertram spent the week working on wetland complaints. Wetland restoration orders were served in Stearns County.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked deer hunters, anglers, and ATVing activity. Investigations continued on deer cases from the bow and gun seasons, with more cases made for overlimits of deer and the lending and borrowing of deer tags.
CO Brian Mies (Annandale) worked on a deer investigation and gave a law talk at the St. Augusta snowmobile safety class.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) received a complaint that a muzzleloader deer hunter was using a rifle while hunting. When the person was investigated, CO Kuske didn’t find a rifle, but did find a scope that the person had hidden in the snow as he saw the CO approach his stand. A parent was cited after dropping off his 15-year-old son at a lake to stay overnight in the fish house while he and the wife went out for dinner. The boy was found operating an ATV without safety training, no helmet, and no registration on the machine. Individuals were investigated for exceeding the possession limit of more than one pike over 30 inches. Concerned citizens reported several bears denning up in a culvert, CO Kuske crawled in to investigate and found a sow and two cubs snug as bug in their winter home. People are encouraged not to disturb bears in their dens, not only for the bear’s safety, but for people, as well.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports checking ice anglers this week. CO Langevin is still receiving numerous calls regarding deer parts dumped in the area ditches.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked muzzleloader hunters in the Sandune State Forest. He also followed up on a possible wetlands violation.
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked anglers and hunters. CO Musatov also investigated a call about hunter harassment.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) gave a presentation in Maple Lake to approximately 40 students attending a snowmobile safety class.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Steve Walter (Waconia) checked anglers on special-regulation lakes. Muzzleloader deer hunters were checked, with a few having success. Pheasant hunters were still out looking for birds, but found none.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking anglers and following up with complaints. Violations included failing to register an ATV and license issues.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked duck hunters and ice-fishing activity in Scott County. He also responded to a TIP complaint about illegal trapping and nuisance-animal complaints.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) patrolled the Bloomington station for angling activity and responded to a complaint/confrontation at Fort Snelling State Park among visitors. He also assisted the Carver County Sheriff’s Office with a big-game violation that involved an individual who shot an injured deer and took it home.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) finished an investigation regarding an illegally taken deer on the last day of the 601 season in East Bethel. A summons was issued, and the deer was confiscated. CO Johnson also assisted the Washington County Sheriff’s Department with an incident in Afton State Park and issued a possession permit for a road-kill gray fox.
WREO Adam Block (Metro) spent the week reviewing wetland- and shoreline-related cases with a restoration order being issued in Anoka County. Time also was spent patrolling for muzzleloader deer-hunting activity.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent the week working on a big-game violation case and patrolling WMAs for treestands left overnight. He also continued checking deer hunters and
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) reports spending time checking waterfowl hunters and ice fishermen in the area.
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) assisted DNR Wildlife with fur registration at Carlos Avery WMA. CO Kruse is working on a trespassing case, a couple deer cases, and a litter case.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week conducting investigations and checking muzzleloader hunters and ice anglers. Enforcement action was taken for unlawful transportation of pheasants, trespassing, and various deer license issues.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) focused enforcement efforts on ice anglers, and pheasant and muzzleloader deer hunters. A deer was illegally taken with a rifle after dark in the area of County Road 33 in Big Stone County. Anyone with information about this violation is please asked to call the TIP line at (800) 652-9093.
WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) closed out several public waters and Wetland Conservation Act cases in several counties. A WCA violation was discovered and worked in Lincoln County for illegal tiling.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) checked muzzleloader and archery deer hunters, as well as pheasant hunters. He also checked ice anglers and ATV operators.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent the week checking muzzleloader hunters and dealing with trespass complaints. Many ice fishermen were reminded that they need to have their license in possession when they go fishing. One angler was reminded with a citation that it is important to pull up your lines and not leave them unattended while you make a beer run.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) followed up on a TIP call dealing with a removal of a tree from a WMA near Beaver Creek. A complaint about three dead deer in the middle of a field was investigated.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) continued to check muzzleloader hunters, as well as pheasant hunters. Oberg also reports working a wolf case in which enforcement action was taken.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) investigated a solid waste complaint. He received numerous calls regarding predator hunting regulations.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) continued investigations regarding the poaching of deer. One deer hunter called in a poached deer that he had found. Upon investigating, it turned out the deer was a road kill that was being used as coyote bait. The complainant, however, was using an illegal scope on his muzzleloader, and enforcement action was taken.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week monitoring fishing activity, as well as checking deer and pheasant hunters. A trapping complaint also was investigated.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) reports complaints were received regarding deer-hunting activity and hunter harassment.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending the week checking ice anglers and following up on cases from the deer season. Some fishing and deer-hunting violations were detected during the week.
CO Phil George (Rochester) reports a hunter discarded his deer carcasses in the road ditch and was sent back to clean them up.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) continues to assist with the search for the missing victim on the Mississippi River.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working a variety of enforcement activities ranging from archery and muzzleloader deer hunters to ice fishermen and trappers. Several investigations from the fall as well as trespass issues were addressed this week.
Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – December 12th, 2014
District 1 – Baudette area
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