Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars Report – October 14th, 2016
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked duck hunters on Thief Lake, the Roseau River, and on Lake of the Woods. Enforcement action was taken on hunters who failed to make an attempt to retrieve multiple ducks that they had downed. A dead 8-point buck was reported north of Badger, and the cause of death could not be determined.
CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked big game, small game, migratory waterfowl, and ATV enforcement. Time also was spent working waterfowl hunters at the Northwest Angle. There was no shortage of birds throughout the inlet and around the islands.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) worked hunting activity for both big and small game.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) worked on Thief Lake with CO Huener and a COC. Area wildlife management areas were patrolled for violations, and calls about the upcoming deer season were fielded.
CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) reports that while driving down a gravel county road, he met a vehicle being driven slowly. It was noticed that the driver could barely see over the steering wheel. The driver was stopped and it was discovered that the reason the driver was having difficulties was because he was only 10 years old. The child’s father was in the passenger seat. The dad thought it would be a good idea to have his son drive, so that if they came upon a grouse he would be able to get out and shoot it more quickly. Enforcement action was taken.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending much of this week checking archery deer hunters and waterfowl hunters.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) issued a wetland replacement order and had calls about injured wildlife.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) prepared to issue new patrol shotguns to conservation officers.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored grouse and waterfowl hunting in the area. Bowhunters were checked, and areas were worked for ATV activity.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) spent time investigating complaints ranging from minnow trapping to big-game hunting. CO Holt spoke to a group of hunters at the youth deer hunt orientation in Itasca State Park regarding the upcoming hunt.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) noticed an uptick in the number of car-killed deer and the issuing of permits. CO Vinton also addressed the East Otter Tail Chapter of the Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association meeting.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) assisted local enforcement with apprehension of several suspects who were fleeing on foot.
CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) received a complaint about possible illegal waterfowl-hunting activity.
CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week checking archery, waterfowl, and small-game hunters.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) investigated illegal vehicle use on WMAs and WPAs in the area. A nuisance-bear call was handled, and trespass calls are becoming more common.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) handled follow-up on trespass cases and is sending charges to the county attorney’s office. Equipment maintenance was done and a 21⁄2-year-old crappie overlimit case was resolved.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) took a report about local waterfowl being harassed by a man driving a pontoon boat. After speaking with the witness and the suspect, it was found the man chased them with a motorboat, trying to keep them from his shoreline. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) received and investigated calls and complaints regarding dogs chasing deer, injured deer, and potential hunting violations.
CO Steve Chihak (Wheaton) issued minnow transportation permits.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) received and answered requests for information from the public regarding firearms safety certificates, motor use rules on WMAs, and waterfowl hunting questions.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports activity for the week included checking fishermen and bowhunters.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) assisted with the search for a lost child, processed special-use permits, and dealt with several hunters who had been consuming alcohol. Enforcement action was taken for shooting from a motor vehicle, failure to check traps, and ATV registration violations.
CO Eric Sullivan (Walker) spent time on Leech Lake checking fishermen who were targeting perch, walleyes, and muskies.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) spent time training a COC and checking AIS compliance at accesses. The officer investigated a fish-dumping complaint in the area.
CO Chelsey Best (Remer) investigated an illegal bough-cutting complaint. Another complaint about a duck boat left unattended in a state forest is under investigation.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) gave a laws and ethics talk to Staples/Motley online firearms safety classes.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports 20 local youth were certified in an ATV safety training.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring small-game hunting activities over the week. Grouse hunting remains poor, with few birds observed.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) took a few complaints about nuisance bears in the area. An investigation is being conducted regarding the poaching of deer and after-hours waterfowl hunting.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) handled incidents including a motorcycle rider traveling at over 100 mph and an SUV driven by a 13-year-old. The officer also dealt with a road-killed bear and bobcat and a TIP call about a trumpeter swan dumped on the highway (which turned out to be litter).
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) continued field training duties with a COC. The officers investigated a TIP call about a doe that was shot on Esquagama Road south of Biwabik. The doe was shot in the roadway and left where it fell on the shoulder of the road. No effort was made to retrieve any meat. If anyone has information regarding the identity of the person who shot this doe, please contact CO Matt Frericks at (218) 404-0600 or the TIP line.
CO Colleen Adam (Ray) assisted other agencies with the search for a missing ATVer and a lost hiker. Enforcement action was taken for operating an ATV on a public highway and operating on a non-motorized trail.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports cold weather and snow followed by rain made for slower hunting and angling activity.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) attended a meeting and checked on some old archery deer-baiting locations from previous years.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports many grouse-hunting walking trails are impassable from the heavy snow from last December that has pushed the alder brush and willows over the trails.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) reports a nice bear was also taken during the weekend as bear season wound down. Several reports regarding a group of hunters with ATVs camping near Lake Superior were investigated, as was a call regarding a camper with live minnows on a designated trout lake.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) spent time at Camp Ripley working on divisional shotguns. More heavy leaf-chaser traffic competed for trail space with grouse hunters in the area.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked big-game, waterfowl, and grouse-hunting activities during the week.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) followed up on a camping issue in a state forest. Many hunters were seen with few birds.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked boating, ATV, small game, waterfowl hunting, and fishing enforcement. Violations included operating ATVs on roadways and transporting aquatic macrophytes.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) assisted the county in locating a suicidal female who was in the woods.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) assisted Itasca County with a search for a missing person.
CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) gave assistance to Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office responding to an armed home invasion. The suspect was located and taken into custody after attempting to flee from officers.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth) handled a request from an ATV operator who had become stuck on a state trail. CO Schmidt also taught at the Hermantown firearms safety class.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent time working small game, fishing, ATVing, and night shining complaints areas.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) took calls about baiting, nuisance animals, trespass, shooting from the roadway, a non-emergency assist, and numerous questions about the upcoming deer season.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports enforcement action was taken for a wetland violation on the Midway River. Extra ATV patrols were conducted in the Nemadji State Forest where enforcement action was taken for transporting a loaded firearm, failing to obey trail signs, operating a motor vehicle in a closed area, and registration violations. K9 Schody recently became recertified in detection training through the U.S. Police Canine Association.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) took calls regarding injured blue herons and injured swans. Enforcement action was taken for waterfowling violations.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) assisted a young bowhunter with the recovery of a legally harvested 7-point buck. Not only was the archer excited about the recovery of his antlered deer, but CO Guida also learned that the archer had proposed to his girlfriend the same evening. Congratulations!
CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) encountered many violations including several ATV and OHM registration issues, ATVers operating in a wetland, ATVs equipped with illegal snorkels to run in water, an ATVer carrying two toddlers in car seats attached to the ATV, neither wearing a helmet, a person hunting small game without a license, and three instances of transporting loaded firearms in vehicles, including one individual riding in the back of an ATV who pulled his handgun out of his holster after being stopped and attempted to hide it in a backpack.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) addressed a group of disabled hunters prior to the annual Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge hunt. Staff and numerous volunteers continue to do an excellent job of hosting the hunt.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) reports a lot of docks are coming out. Dock owners are reminded to check them over and remove vegetation before transport.
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) reports enforcement action was taken for transporting a loaded firearm, hunting deer over bait, no driver’s license in possession, and burning of prohibited items.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports enforcement action for the week included various ATV and hunting-related violations.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) investigated a complaint about a dead deer that looked like it had been shot. Further investigation proved it to be a car-hit deer. Two felony arrests were made for controlled substance violations and warrants.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) gave assistance with a crash involving a horse with a rider and a truck. All were found to be OK, but the riders were intoxicated, and were riding horses at night on a busy county highway.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) reports state forests were busy with small-game hunters and ATVing activity.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent time checking waterfowl hunters during the weekend, and checking on ATVing activity in the St. Croix State Forest.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week armoring the division’s new shotguns.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) spent time on wetland cases, with two restoration orders served.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) took calls about nuisance beavers needing to be trapped, a couple injured bald eagles, and a buck with a broken leg. Investigations are being done regarding deer hunters buying Minnesota resident licenses and resident licenses in other states at the same time.
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) handled a road-hunting complaint, possible WCA violation, and a bear-related complaint.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) worked on information from TIP calls regarding a person hunting deer over bait, a person hunting who had his privileges revoked, and another individual that was taking overlimits of fish.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Mike Krauel (Milaca) spent time following up on TIP calls and completing cases in the St. Cloud station. CO Krauel also assisted with three firearms safety classes with law presentations this past week.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked anglers and hunters during the week. Mosquitoes are all but gone, but deer ticks are still out.
CO Phil Mohs (Center City) took enforcement action for transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, taking pheasants during the closed season, and a sunfish overlimit violation.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) checked a wetland complaint on an area wetland and assisted area law enforcement with a car vs. deer accident.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) found three different hunters on area lakes hunting waterfowl during the closed season. Enforcement action was taken and ducks were seized.
CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) took complaints about trespassing, carcass dumping, and injured birds.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked anglers and small-game hunters in the metro area. He also responded to an animal-related complaint in Maplewood and responded to a TIP complaint in Minneapolis regarding illegal fishing activity. Officer Lee also investigated a wetland complaint and took a call about a dead eagle, but it turned out to be a dead goose.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) patrolled the stations in Waconia and at Fort Snelling State Park. CO Le took enforcement action for underage consumption/possession of alcohol by a minor, pheasant hunting during the closed season, an unplugged gun while migratory game bird hunting, possession of toxic shot, waterfowl hunting during the closed season, and illegally camping in a refuge.
CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) spent the week responding to multiple TIP calls including duck hunters shooting at gulls, an angler taking fish while using game fish as bait, duck hunters hunting during the weekdays when the season was closed, and a deer carcass left on private property with the meat cut out.
CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) spent the week working small-game hunters, archery hunters, and anglers. CO Leuthardt also helped a neighboring officer investigate possible big-game violations.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent the week checking hunters, anglers, and boaters, and monitoring activity in area wildlife management areas. CO Arntzen also responded to TIP calls, handled nuisance-animal complaints, and answered calls about trespassing.
CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) patrolled Anoka County for waterfowl hunters during the week-long season closure in the central waterfowl zone. Surprisingly, there are still many waterfowl hunters out there who do not know the season dates or have just not looked at the regulations booklet for the past four years. Enforcement action was taken on several individuals hunting waterfowl during the closed season.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking anglers and conducting investigations. Less than half the area’s soybeans have been harvested and virtually no corn has been harvested. This slow harvest is hampering archery deer hunters and will affect success on the upcoming pheasant opener. Enforcement action was taken for a trap set for raptors on a pole, and destroying emergent aquatic vegetation.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) spent the week working archery and waterfowl hunters and angling activity in the area. Investigations of a deer shot from the roadway, and a litter complaint were conducted.
CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) assisted Lower Sioux police with the recovery of a stolen vehicle.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) assisted Meeker County officials with two ATV accidents during the week in which both riders were airlifted to hospitals. All riders are reminded to ride smart and ride safe to avoid accidents and injuries, and always tell someone where you are going. CO Klehr also witnessed a vehicle accident in which one driver was trying to peel out around a corner, lost control, and hit another vehicle. A report of a vehicle being driven in a WMA was handled, with enforcement action taken.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) and a COC spent the week following up on complaints and TIPs of out-of-season waterfowl hunters in the area.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) reports a complaint was taken and an investigation is ongoing regarding a large barn that was burned and not reported.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) spent much of his time in the woods working on small game/big game hunting enforcement. CO Henke also focused activity on ATV, AIS, and fishing activity.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked anglers, small-game hunters, and archery deer hunters. Boaters, AIS activity, and ATV operators also were checked during the week.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) worked small-game hunters and followed up on a dumping complaint. The officer also checked wildlife management areas for activity.
CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato) assisted local agencies with an accident and warrant arrest.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking turkey hunters, bowhunters, and small-game hunters during the week. Questions are coming in about the upcoming youth deer-hunting season.
CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) spent the majority of the week checking small-game, turkey, and archery hunters. Additional efforts focused on ATV and fire enforcement. Miscellaneous wildlife-related complaints were also taken, including injuries to a mallard and red-tailed hawk.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly hunters and anglers during the week. Things were slower overall, with small-game hunters having some success.