Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars Report – October 21st, 2016

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked duck hunters on the Thief Lake and Roseau River WMAs. Enforcement action was taken on hunters caught shooting while motoring and for making no attempt to retrieve wounded ducks.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) patrolled for fall hunting and fishing activity. CO Prachar also followed up on information from previous investigations. While CO Prachar was working outside of his station, he received information from a TIP call in reference to an individual shooting waterfowl after legal shooting hours. The suspect was located, and enforcement action was taken for shooting after legal hours and for transporting aquatic vegetation.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports that he worked a shining complaint area and AIS enforcement. CO Regas spent much of the week attending wildfire arson investigation training at Camp Ripley.

CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) reports assistance was provided with the search for a hunter who did not show up at home when expected. The hunter was found and was safe, but confused as to why his family was concerned about his whereabouts.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending time this week checking archery deer, grouse, and waterfowl hunters. Time also was spent checking anglers and working hunting-related complaint areas.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked boating, ATVing, hunting, and AIS efforts.  He also planned for firearms safety classes. A pair of young pheasant hunters was excited to display their limits of birds, and then hit a nice rooster as they drove away and had a concern about being over the limit. The officer explained acts of nature, and that a bird in the grill of a pickup is not considered to be a part of a daily limit.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) worked grouse and waterfowl-hunting activity throughout the week. Grouse numbers continue to increase, while waterfowl numbers have decreased.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports slow duck hunting for area hunters. Archery deer hunters are reporting deer are beginning to move more as the weather has cooled, and fall anglers are taking advantage of good conditions. CO Vinton has removed several stands left on WMAs and would like to remind hunters that stands may not be left out, unattended overnight on state wildlife management areas. CO Vinton also contacted an ATV operator who drove onto a WMA, past the sign that stated, “No motorized vehicles beyond this point.” The operator’s girlfriend was quick to point out to the operator that she had told him so.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) spent time working on open cases. Anglers were monitored, and AIS checks were performed.  Waterfowl hunters were checked, with most hunters having limited success.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports various new species of waterfowl have arrived and fishing remains strong. CO Richards responded to a report about a dead moose found in a cornfield and an airplane blocking access to a local lake during the weekend. Several waterfowl hunters commented on seeing white-fronted geese migrating through the area on Saturday.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) spent time working on WMAs and illegal deer stands, illegal camping, and illegal vehicle operation on state land units. Fishing activity was monitored, and assistance was given to local sheriff’s office with two car crashes.

CO Steve Chihak (Wheaton) spent the week working sportfishing, migratory waterfowl enforcement, and the pheasant season opener. Pheasant hunter participation was above average on Saturday, but dropped off significantly on Sunday.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on the opening weekend of pheasant season, hunting complaints, and fall angling activity.

District 4 – Walker area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) spent time on deer shining, deer baiting, and unlawful ATV use. Possession permits for big-game animals were issued.

CO Eric Sullivan (Walker) observed a watercraft leaving Stony Lake with water onboard.  The subject was transporting a largemouth bass, and the livewell was full of water. Enforcement action was taken. CO Sullivan also located a vehicle with three occupants hunting grouse. All three subjects were in possession of open bottles. The driver was transporting a loaded firearm and was arrested for DWI.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked anglers, waterfowl and grouse hunters, and lake service providers. A complaint about a noxious smoke fire was received and investigated, which resulted in a citation issued for failing to adhere to permit conditions.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring ATVing, angling, and fall hunting activity. CO Broughten also assisted local law enforcement with a hunter having a medical emergency.

CO Chelsey Best (Remer) spent the week enforcing laws regarding ATV operation and small-game hunting. Assistance was provided to the Cass County Sheriff’s Department with an ATV crash in Outing. A report of illegal bough cutting was investigated.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports continued monitoring of area forest roads and public access sites. Beaver-related complaints continue.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked ongoing hunting seasons and invasive species enforcement, and attended a meeting in St. Paul. A hunter recently revoked from small-game hunting was found hunting waterfowl five days after his revocation notification letter had been received. The hunter was cited and his firearm seized.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) continued field training duties with a COC. The officers followed up on an aquatic plant violation and assisted St. Louis County deputies with a troubled landowner.

CO Colleen Adam (Ray) worked small-game hunters and attended training. Leaves are falling, giving grouse hunters better odds, but there is not an abundance of birds in the game bag.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Marty Stage (Ely) found a lot of people enjoying the fall weather. Deer hunters are reminded that many of the products sold at the feed, seed, and fleet stores are not legal to use for deer hunting, even though they are not labeled as such. In Minnesota, salt or minerals may be used, but anything containing foods such as molasses or grains of any sort are not legal.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) encountered a man who was proud of his new kayak, as he was just going onto a lake for a fishing trip. The man went on to explain he didn’t know how he was going to run three rods out of his kayak since he wasn’t used to it. The officer then told him that he’d make his predicament a little easier, because you may only use one rod at a time in Minnesota. CO Fagerman also had to explain what kind of fish were in this particular lake and what the limits were, as the man didn’t seem to understand the rules. The man did have a fishing license with him, which at least is a better start than some encountered.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) spent time on trespass complaints, fielded law-related questions, and worked a variety of enforcement activities. The officer took a TIP complaint in a neighboring station resulting in an a citation for an overlimit of walleyes.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Randy Patten (Northome) finished field training with COC. The officers checked waterfowl hunters, small-game hunters, and anglers. The officers followed up on a TIP complaint regarding waterfowl hunters shooting from a boat while under power.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, taught the law and ethics portion of a firearms safety class, monitored bowhunting activity, and checked waterfowl hunters.

CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) attended the Minnesota wildfire investigation course held at Camp Ripley.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) observed a slow-to-average waterfowl week with mixed results from hunters. Grouse hunters were reporting much better success. A large volume of off-highway vehicle traffic was observed during the weekend.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports a shotgun was found on an ATV trail in the Nemadji State Forest by a recreational ATV operator. It is thought that the firearm fell off an ATV. It was turned over to the DNR and anyone with information on who might have lost it is asked to call the CO at (218) 879-9434 to claim it. A complaint from a local state park was investigated when a camper refused to pay for a campsite. A citation was mailed for the violation. A permit to possess a car-killed bear was issued to a local resident. A complaint about a nuisance bear was taken and addressed. An arrest also was made for hunting deer over a baited area.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked a few late-season trollers and inland bird hunters. A meeting was attended in St Paul, and the large patrol boat was trailered and winterized.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) monitored waterfowl-hunting activity and sportfishing, and followed up on big-game investigations. A nuisance beaver has been causing havoc for some cabin-goers and dropping trees on a public water access. An overlimit complaint was received and investigated that resulted in the angler being found with three legal-length walleyes.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports that he worked on fishing enforcement this past week. A complaint about a dock service provider transporting zebra mussels was investigated.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) attended training at Camp Ripley throughout the week. CO McGowan also worked big-game hunters, and one hunter was cited for hunting over bait.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, invasive species, ATVing, and hunting activity.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) reports optimal fall weather brought out an abundance of outdoor users. Plenty of ATVers were on local trails, some of which caused a complaint regarding operation in closed areas.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) attended wildfire arson investigation training at Camp Ripley during the week. Several question were fielded regarding the upcoming deer season.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking small-game hunters throughout the week and weekend. ATVing activity was monitored throughout the Malmo station, and multiple outdoor law-related questions were fielded during the week.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) assisted with a dispute regarding an active logging landing in the Nemadji forest. A large group of recreational ATVers set up camp on the landing.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) reports assistance was given to several agencies this week, including a fatal car crash involving a school bus. Car-kill bear and deer permits were issued, along with advice about nuisance critters. The pheasant season opener was non-eventful, with few hunters observed chasing roosters. A trespass situation was handled in which common sense and respectful behavior would have solved the issue before it needed law enforcement’s assistance.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) saw an increase in trespassing calls, which normally coincides with the increase in fall hunting activity. Hunters found attempting to access private property without permission were dealt with and educated about the importance of putting in the sufficient effort and research prior to a hunting trip.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) took a call about an elk and mule deer being transported whole in the back of a pickup. The reporting party thought the animals were fresh, but in fact turned out to be finished head mounts from a taxidermy shop.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week monitoring angling and hunting activity. The pheasant opener was worked with few hunters being seen. Violations included transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, angling with extra lines, and burning prohibited materials.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) worked at the Camp Ripley disabled veterans hunt, the deployed soldier hunt, and the Crane Meadows Refuge disabled hunt, and with CO Paul Kuske participated in the KLTF Radio show. CO Kuske also handled TIP calls regarding duck hunters shooting tame ducks on a pond next to a road, shooting too close to a residence, and a deer hunter trespassing on clearly marked private property adjacent to a WMA. The hunter had to walk by four “no trespassing” signs to get to the spot where he set up his stand in view of one of the signs and then trespassed even farther onto private property and set up a game camera. He was charged with trespassing and it also was found the hunter did not have a valid driver’s license.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked duck, deer, and pheasant hunters. Time also was spent assisting a neighboring officer with deer-shining complaints.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) responded to complaints about shooting squirrels in town and random shots fired during the night.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Mike Krauel spent the week checking hunters, following up on TIP calls, and performing maintenance tasks on watercraft.  Time also was spent working the pheasant opener. CO Krauel also checked an individual who was operating a motor vehicle with a loaded shotgun in the seat beside him, along with an open beer can in the cup holder. When CO Krauel asked for a driver’s license, the individual said, “Well, I guess I got caught.” The individual had his license canceled years ago, but has continued to drive. The individual was arrested for driving after cancellation, along with other charges.

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen, small-game hunters, archery hunters, and waterfowl hunters. He issued summonses and written warning for transporting untagged deer, deer hunting over a baited area, no federal stamps, and unsigned stamps. Officer Sladek is also investigating the wanton waste of a deer.

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked hunters and fall anglers. CO Musatov also investigated complaints about illegal bait and wildlife management area rules violations.

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) assisted the Wright County Sheriff’s Department with a capsized duck boat on Pelican Lake this week. Both hunters in the boat were lucky that another hunter heard their calls for help. High winds had created large waves that overturned their boat and tossed them into the frigid water.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked duck hunters and bowhunters in the metro area. He assisted a neighboring officer with translating a waterfowl case, and responded to an animal-related complaint in Eden Prairie.

CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) served two restoration orders this week. Both of them were for illegal work in a wetland. A Thank-a-Deputy event was put on in Waconia by members of the public to thank the law enforcement officers in Carver County.

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) patrolled Fort Snelling State Park for trail usage. On Sunday alone, more than 600 vehicles had entered the park by 3 p.m.

CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking waterfowl hunters and fishermen, and following up with complaints. CO Grewe also did some patrol on the Luce Line State Trail and did some equipment maintenance.

CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) responded to calls regarding closed-season waterfowl hunters, shooting from a motor vehicle, and hunting in closed areas. Officer Leuthardt received several calls from citizens inquiring about areas open to public hunting. The DNR website provides a statewide interactive map showing public hunting lands, including WMAs, WIAs, and state forests.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked waterfowl, pheasant, and deer hunters. He spent time checking on a possible big-game violation and fishing violations. CO Pril also assisted the Parks and Trails staff with the investigation of a couple of homeless shelters on Gateway Trail in St. Paul. Nobody was found at these shelters – just garbage.

CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) patrolled Anoka County for waterfowl and small-game hunting activity. Several hunters were checked, with few violations observed.

CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent a busy pheasant and second duck opener around the area. Enforcement action was taken for hunting inside a scientific and natural area, no small-game license, no federal waterfowl stamp in possession after 45 days, and an unplugged shotgun.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports prairie grasslands and sloughs were full of hunters for the pheasant opener and the reopening of the south zone duck season. Most public lands had multiple vehicles parked at each area.

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) received a TIP complaint about a fawn deer that was victim to a gunshot wound. The deer was located near the Big Stone Wildlife Management Area north of Ortonville. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please call the Turn-in-Poachers hotline at 1-800-652-9093. You can remain anonymous.

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) attended wildfire investigation training at Camp Ripley and assisted with activities with the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener event.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) spent time checking fall anglers and waterfowl hunters.  He also focused on pheasant hunters during the opening weekend.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent most of the week checking duck hunters and other small-game hunters along with some fishermen. Lots of hunters were checked during the pheasant opener on Saturday and Sunday. A garbage-dumping complaint also was investigated, with the responsible person being tracked down.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) reports working pheasant hunters on the opening weekend of the 2016 season. CO Oberg also spent time checking duck hunters and walleye anglers. Enforcement action was taken for taking waterfowl after hours.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) checked hunters, anglers and boaters. Pheasant hunters were out in full force with fair weather and a majority of them seeing few birds.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) focused activity on small-game, migratory waterfowl, and big-game hunting enforcement. CO Henke also assisted neighboring officers with the investigation of a big-game case.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked angling, ATVing, and hunting activity this week.  Saturday’s pheasant opener brought many hunters to the field. The warm weather was hard on the dogs, but a number of hunters were able to find birds.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) and COC report good hunting and fishing as the river drops.  The officers also assisted Winona County Sheriff’s Office search for a lost person.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports a busy weekend. Pheasant hunters were out with limited success. A trespass case was investigated, resulting in multiple citations as a subject was taking raccoons out of season.

CO Phil George (Rochester) worked anglers, ATV operators, and hunting issues throughout the week. CO George also took complaints about hunters hunting too close to other properties, suspicious dead deer, and hunting- and license-related questions.

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