Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars Report – September 16th, 2016
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) executed a search warrant to recover an illegally taken bear. An overlimit of crappies from Canada was found while the CO assisted U.S. Customs at a port of entry.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) reports checking early goose hunters. Some geese have been tough to hunt as they are staying close to big water.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) monitored bear-hunting activity and patrolled ATV trails in the area. One individual on an ATV attempted to flee when he was signaled to stop by the officer for not displaying ATV registration. He attempted to leave a roadway and drive through a ditch and into a field. Unfortunately for him, he chose a poor area to flee, as he could not get enough momentum to get up the outside slope of the ditch, spinning in the soft soil on multiple attempts where he almost rolled the machine. The contact resulted in his arrest for felony fleeing and DWI, and the seizure of his machine pending criminal forfeiture.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) investigated a TIP call about a possible overlimit of sunfish and crappies. Enforcement action was taken for an overlimit of sunfish and wanton waste.
CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) conducted follow-up interviews for a bear that may have been taken illegally.
CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette) followed up on potentially illegal bear baiting and hunting activity. Time also was spent on a work detail in the BWCA with CO Williams and CO Tetrault. The officers focused on angling and boat and water safety enforcement.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked AIS efforts, assisted other agencies, and checked early goose and bear hunters.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked waterfowl hunters and bear hunters. He also assisted at a qualification shoot for Region 1 wildlife personnel.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) worked AIS enforcement and responded to a call regarding an injured eagle. The eagle was transported to the U of M Raptor Center.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) worked bear hunting, ATVing activity, and goose hunting during the week. Time also was spent checking AIS compliance and working at Camp Ripley.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) and his trainee conducted AIS enforcement at local landings with good compliance. Youth Waterfowl Day was worked, with few hunters seen and little shooting heard.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports time was spent working fishermen and early goose hunters. A few youth were out for youth day.
CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) received a call about a vicious fisher in Frazee.
CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) received a call from an individual wondering what to do with a fox he caught. The officer told him to return the fox to the wild. Several youngsters were checked on Youth Waterfowl Day, with all of them having decent success with mallards and teal in the bag.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) checked fishermen, boaters, and dove and goose hunters.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) worked area bear hunters and checked goose hunters.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) spent time on nuisance beaver complaints. Computer work was completed, along with answering numerous questions related to the upcoming deer season.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) attended training in Alexandria with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports an angler fishing on a remote lake was found leaving the water with an overlimit of both northern pike and crappies. Officer Lawler observed him catch three northern pike, then take them out of his livewell and give them to another boater on the water who wasn’t having much luck. The subject continued to catch and keep more pike, not knowing he had exceeded his daily limit. The illegal fish were seized, and enforcement action was taken.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to check hunting activity this week including early goose, dove, and youth waterfowl seasons.
CO Steve Chihak (Wheaton) spent the week working sportfishing, youth waterfowl, early goose hunting, and ATVing enforcement. The most common violations encountered were hunting without a special goose permit and unplugged shotguns.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) gave assistance to the Pope County Sheriff’s Office in looking for a suspect who fled from police on foot into a wooded area. The suspect gave up later that night.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) gave assistance to the Pope County Sheriff’s Office with a medical call and a search for a person who fled from a deputy.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) took complaints about nuisance bears and of a person being a nuisance to bear hunters (harassing bear hunters).
CO Eric Sullivan (Walker) observed large numbers of muskie anglers on Leech Lake due to an upcoming muskie tournament. CO Sullivan reports anglers caught 80-plus muskies during the three-day event. CO Sullivan also made contact with a bear hunter who was in the wrong zone and was entering bait sites incorrectly.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked anglers, boaters, bear hunters, and goose hunters.
CO Chelsey Best (Remer) reports a littering case was started and two bear-hunting guiding cases were wrapped up. Enforcement action will be taken for unregistered baits and extra signs at bait sites.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) assisted local law enforcement with a call regarding a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
CO Colleen Adam (rec specialist) worked with a local club on issues regarding washouts in the road right of way. She also checked bear-hunting activity.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) spent the day with the Wall of Shame TIP trailer at the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association Trails End chapter Youth Day.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports working on beaver-related complaints and monitoring area forest roads and public access sites.
CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked bear hunters and anglers this past week. CO Velsvaag also followed up on several calls about litter and abandoned equipment.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) answered many questions about the various upcoming hunting seasons. The officer also took enforcement action for a number of ATV violations.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) continued to check bear hunters, and more violations of unregistered bear baits being found. The main excuse is they didn’t know they needed to be registered.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) patrolled area fields, checking a few early season goose hunters.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely) spent the week patrolling in the BWCA around Lake Agnes.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt/Ely) reports a couple instances in which wild rice harvesters harvesting well after legal hours were encountered. The officer has been seeing few grouse, although duck numbers appear to be up in the area.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked bear hunters and ATV riders. Overall success so far has been great for bear hunters.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) reports a youth ATV class was held in Two Harbors and 20 new youth riders were certified.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked bear hunters and anglers, and handled nuisance-wildlife calls, issued beaver permits, enforced AIS laws, and patrolled for illegal ATV activity.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked bear hunters during the week.
CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) assisted local law enforcement agencies with a suicidal subject.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) took enforcement action for angling without a license. CO Sutherland also assisted the county with a barricaded individual.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) and a COC continue to focus on bear hunting. Enforcement action was taken for baiting violations. Assistance was provided to the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth East) reports a possible hunter harassment case continues to be worked, and follow-up on a dumping complaint was completed. CO Duncan observed a couple happy kids during Youth Waterfowl Day.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) checked area bear and goose hunters for compliance. CO Humphrey also assisted Lt. Speldrich with a bear-hunting investigation that resulted in multiple charges and seizures. Patrols into the Fond du Lac State Forest and Sawyer WMA were conducted.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) issued permits for car-killed bears and deer. A complaint about hunting geese over bait was investigated and unfounded.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and ATVers and a few hunters out getting ready for next week’s opener. A report about a road-hit bald eagle was checked, and parking issues were handled at a local public access.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) received a complaint from a bear hunter about another bear hunter tampering with his bear bait. An investigation has started.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) received a complaint about a youth duck hunter leaving infested water without pulling the plug on the group’s boat. Nuisance-bear complaints are not slowing down. The CO received new complaints about bears in the cities of Baxter, Pillager, Lake Shore, and Brainerd. Area farmers report significant damage to cornfields by bears. One local farmer reported as many as 10 bears in one cornfield.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, aquatic invasive species, ATV, and bear hunter enforcement.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) received information about boats being operated at faster than the no-wake speeds in a no-wake zone on the Fish Hook River.
CO Lee (Crosslake) and a COC investigated a beaver dam-removal complaint on Greer Lake. Time also was spent assisting the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office regarding a missing 6-year-old in the Cuyuna area. Officer Lee and the COC also assisted the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office with an out-of-control male waving a sword at deputies.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) investigated a call regarding two dogs chasing deer. He also checked out a possible deer bait and documented items that were there.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) spent the week following up on bear baiting/hunting investigations and ATV violations.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) reminds boaters that sunset is a time listed in the fishing regulations book, not when the sun disappears. CO Starr also monitored the walleye closure on Lake Mille Lacs.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) and the State Patrol dealt with a traffic stop in which a sleeping passenger was identified and confirmed as having an arrest warrant. The soundly sleeping passenger was awakened, arrested for the felony warrant, and found in possession of controlled substances.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) investigated a complaint about calf injured by a wolf. It was determined to be coyote after a federal trapper played a barking coyote tape for the complainant and had coyote answer the caller.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time armoring the division’s shotguns.
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) checked a possible WCA violation complaint. A nuisance beaver permit was issued.
CO Mike Krauel (St. Cloud) had the opportunity to attend the Rice Sportsmen’s Club meeting with a neighboring officer and discuss hunting and fishing regulations.
CO Brian Mies (Annandale) and a COC checked goose and dove hunters. CO Mies and the COC checked ATVers and dirt bike riders and worked on complaints.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) checked a shore angler who was seen driving to the area, but when checked the angler did not have a valid driver’s license as he was revoked. The angler stated he thought it had been all taken care of and that he had a valid license even though he handed CO Kuske a Minnesota ID card.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) reports an injured eagle was rescued and transported to the U of M Raptor Center.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) fielded questions concerning Youth Waterfowl Day.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Phil Mohs (Center City) attended and spoke at a youth ATV safety class. Several youth waterfowl hunters were checked.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked hunters during the week. Time was directed toward waterfowl enforcement and an ATV patrol. Goose hunters had some success with the early goose season.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) interviewed suspects regarding a dumping complaint in the Sand Dunes State Forest. A summons will be issued.
CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) assisted with a Becoming an Outdoors Woman event during the weekend.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) checked goose hunters, dove hunters, anglers, and youth waterfowl hunters this week. Some dove hunters have been having some success in the early morning and late afternoon when the birds head to and from roosting areas.
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) reports a WMA issue was investigated and ATVers were worked.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) reports a horse owner in Carver County discovered scratches and cuts on one of her three horses, leading her to believe the horse got attacked by a cougar or bear. Pictures were sent to a wildlife specialist and it was more likely the horse was spooked by the recent storms and scratched herself on fencing or tree branches.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) responded to a report about a human foot inside a shoe at Fort Snelling State Park that later turned out to be a shoe filled with mud, and an alarm alert at Fort Snelling State Park’s main office that was accidentally set off by an employee.
CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) investigated a possible poached fawn and also followed up on various other calls.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) dealt with a complaint about an injured loon and investigated a trumpeter swan found deceased.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) responded and investigated a waterfowl-shooting complaint in Scott County.
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) monitored anglers.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) fielded calls about waterfowl hunting, nuisance animals, and trespassing.
CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) dealt with goose hunters who had several violations including no federal or state stamp, unplugged shotguns, hunting within 100 yards of surface water in Carlos Avery WMA, no small game license or HIP certification, and one hunter was in possession of nine illegally taken geese. The officer also dealt with a subject attempting to shine for deer. When contact was made with the subject, it was discovered that he had a loaded and uncased firearm in the vehicle and a felony warrant. The officer took the subject into custody without incident.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) encountered ATV violations during the week, with enforcement action being taken for allowing illegal operation of a Class 2 ATV.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) checked goose and dove hunters. Like most years, few doves were seen after the first week of hunting.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports Youth Waterfowl Day was busy, with a lot of happy young hunters. One girl who is on her local high school trap team put her practice to good use and bagged a limit of teal.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored AIS, boating, fishing, and off-highway vehicle activity during the week.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) assisted the Upper Sioux Community with an injured bald eagle. Time also was spent answering fish and game questions at the Lac qui Parle County Fair. An investigation into trespassing and theft was conducted.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) educated lake users about AIS laws. CO Denz also issued a nuisance-beaver permit.
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) answered questions regarding waterfowl resting areas and motorboat use during the waterfowl seasons.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) followed up on a report about a dead swan floating in a pond.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) worked the youth duck-hunting day and saw a couple kids with limits of ducks. CO Mueller, along with neighboring officers, attended a Ducks Unlimited banquet in Hutchinson.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) reports a busy week of migratory waterfowl enforcement with a COC.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) investigated a complaint about pheasants shot out of season. He also assisted local sheriff’s deputies with warrant arrests.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) spent the week fielding numerous calls related to the ongoing and upcoming hunting seasons. Numerous hunters were found to be in violation of the controlled hunting area laws at the Talcot Lake WMA.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) assisted the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department with two animal-related complaints – one involving a coyote and one a raccoon.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) performed site inspections on possible lakeshore violations.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) checked anglers, boaters, and migratory bird hunters.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) spent time checking anglers and early goose hunters, and answered calls pertaining to the upcoming fall hunting seasons.
CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) took enforcement action this week on many early goose-hunting violations that he located, including hunting over bait, hunting within 500 feet of a residence, and license and plug violations.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) assisted other area officers with a youth trapshooting event.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) assisted at the Minnesota Pheasants, Inc. of Steele County Youth Trap Shoot held at the Owatonna Gun Club.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) was contacted to certify ginseng. Upon meeting the subjects, the ginseng roots they brought in were actually Jack in the Pulpit roots.
CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) reports enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, having an unplugged shotgun, and failing to display valid watercraft registration.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) inspected a falconry facility.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports early goose-hunting activity has slowed down, but the folks that are out are still killing a few birds.