Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars Report – December 2nd, 2016
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked muzzleloader hunters, archery hunters, trappers, and grouse hunters throughout the week. Opening weekend of blackpowder season saw few hunters.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) reports working hunting activities. Anglers still are being persistent, catching walleyes from boats on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) worked muzzleloader deer hunting, fisher trapping, and bobcat trapping weekend. Mild weather brought out many hunters and trappers. Officer Woinarowicz continued to follow up on open cases from the firearms deer season.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports monitoring trapping activity, decorative bough-cutting activity, and muzzleloader hunting activity throughout the week. He also investigated a report about a deer that was taken out of season.
CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette) checked muzzleloader deer hunters and waterfowl hunters. Follow-up was completed on multiple cases regarding unregistered deer.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports speaking at a snowmobile safety class in Fertile. Time also was spent taking various wildlife-related calls and working hunting-related complaint areas.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked burning, hunting, and boating activities. He assisted other law enforcement agencies, monitored water/ice safety, and prepared equipment for the winter season.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) worked big- and small-game hunting during the week. Time also was spent checking trapping activity in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) checked muzzleloader and pheasant hunters throughout the week. He also followed up on complaints from the firearms deer season.
CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked areas for ATV and snowmobile activity. Areas also were monitored for shining activity. Multiple calls about injured wildlife and car-hit deer were received.
CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) reports an ongoing ATV trespass case was investigated in Moorhead as well as a complaint about a partially skinned deer that was discarded in the ditch. Several pheasant hunters were reminded they needed to wear the same amount of blaze orange as they would if they were deer hunting due to the ongoing muzzleloader season.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) followed up on deer season tips including lending/borrowing tags and wanton waste of deer. CO Plautz monitored ice conditions with some fishermen too eager. Ice is not in stable condition for any foot travel at this time. A call about an injured owl was investigated. The owl flew away when it was let out of the porch.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) answered questions in regards to deer limits and deer licenses for different zones and seasons throughout the state. A possible stolen ATV complaint was taken.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports a pair of anglers fishing from a dock were watched for a period of time and found to be using too many lines. Enforcement action was taken.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) worked a busy muzzleloader deer opener, with complaints about shooting from the road, shooting after hours, trespassing, lending of licenses, taking big game from a motor vehicle, and an overlimit of deer.
CO Eric Sullivan (Walker) reports warm weather this week melted most of the snow that snowmobilers were enjoying. CO Sullivan investigated a big-game case that included multiple big-game violations that occurred this year and last. The case included several deer that were never tagged, never had a site tag validated, and were never registered. The deer also were illegally transported after being taken.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked muzzleloader deer hunters, trappers, and late-season grouse hunters. A few remaining anglers were seen fishing on area lakes.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring trapping and hunting activity. He also assisted local law enforcement with a vehicle crash and rescued a boater on Leech Lake.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked snowmobilers and muzzleloader deer season. Contacts were made for failure to display registration on snowmobiles.
CO Chelsey Best (Remer) issued multiple car-kill deer tags this week and investigated a turkey-poaching case near Upper Trelipe. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobilers operating on a county road.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports muzzleloader and trapping season openers were slow. A few fishermen ventured onto the Rainy River, trying to take advantage of the mild temperatures.
CO John Slatinski (International Falls) reports the recent weather has created some less-than-desirable conditions for trapping and muzzleloader deer hunting, but it is still allowing viable fishing opportunities on the Rainy River. CO Slatinski met with local DNR Forestry personnel about an unpermitted fire that resulted in fire-suppression activities.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) spent the week working trappers, muzzleloader season, and some snowmobiling activity.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) dealt with early season snowmobilers and located a hit-and-run driver reported to the Hibbing police. A complaint about a dog dragging six deer heads back home was investigated.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports a good start for the fisher and marten trapping season. An above-average number of trappers were checked, and trapping success was fair.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) handled office work and prepared equipment for the change in season. The officer also patrolled, checking traps and looking for early fisher and marten traps.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports assistance was giving to COs Stage and Williams on a closed-season deer case in which a deer was seized.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area trapping and hunting activity this week. CO Schottenbauer noted a few folks trying to venture out on very thin ice until heavy snow ended those bad ideas for everyone in the area.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked the opener of the muzzleloader deer and marten fisher trapping. Time was spent on a case involving intoxicated people shooting an illegal doe at their cabin corn feeder and trying to cover it with a tribal tag.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked trapping activity and continued to investigate big-game cases from the firearms deer season. Ice conditions continue to be poor.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) conducted follow-up investigation on cases from the firearms deer season, monitored snowmobiling activity, checked hunters, and assisted the State Patrol with vehicles off the roadway. The warmer weather brought out many small-game hunters this week.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked trapping and muzzleloader openers during the past week. New snowfall has helped hunters in the woods.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked trappers, small-game hunters, and muzzleloader deer hunters. He also taught a snowmobile safety class during the week.
CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) worked deer hunting-activity during the opening weekend of muzzleloader season. CO Van Asch also spent time handling nuisance-animal calls and following up on snowmobile-related complaints.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Brookston) spent time during the week following up on cases from the deer season. The muzzleloader season opener was worked, with some hunters being seen. A check of one hunter resulted in enforcement action being taken for transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle and hunting deer with the aid of bait. A complaint regarding a deer being shot illegally in the city of Duluth was handled. The suspect was found to have shot not one, but two deer over a large baited area. It also was found that the hunter was not participating the city-organized hunt and had placed a borrowed license on one of the deer. The suspect will potentially face the loss of his archery equipment and hunting privileges as well as large fines and restitution.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) followed up on calls and questions from the firearms deer season. A couple car-hit deer permits were issued.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) continued with follow-up work from the firearms deer season including investigations into deer poaching, hunting without a license, unlawful party hunting, hunter harassment, and dogs chasing/killing deer. Muzzleloader deer season and trapping enforcement work continue.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked the opening of the muzzleloader season. CO Guida continued to work investigations from the firearms season. A call about an injured goose was received, and it was determined that the goose went back into the water and swam away.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports that he worked muzzleloader deer-hunting opener. Violations about trespass and untagged deer were found. Complaints about vehicles on closed trails in the Pillsbury forest were investigated. A complaint about road hunters in the Pillager area was investigated. Ice angers were out and are catching some fish. However the ice conditions are poor and inconsistent and dangerous.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) worked late-season waterfowl hunters throughout the week. CO McGowan also continued to work on cases from this past firearms deer season.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) made contact with two hunters who were in possession of marijuana and a loaded firearm.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked hunters on opening weekend of muzzleloader deer season. Trappers were out in full force, as additional species opened up and open water is extending the use of water sets.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working big-game hunters over the weekend. Calls about a dead deer in someone’s yard and other possible illegal activity was investigated. Several car-kill deer permits were issued. Assistance was given to a local agency with a possible overturned boat on an area lake.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked on deer season carcass-dumping activity and other issues related to leaving property on wildlife management areas. A hunter harassment complaint was worked in which CO Starr basically refereed two neighbors as they aired disagreements. The situation got better, and it’s hoped the neighbors can build a better relationship in the future.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) continued to follow up on cases from the firearms deer season and monitored archery and muzzleloader hunting activity.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked small-game and archery hunters during the week and weekend. A few duck hunters were out trying open water hunting on Lake Mille Lacs. Time also was spent investigating a baiting complaint.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) found it difficult to determine how many muzzleloader hunters were out during opening weekend as dense fog made visibility difficult. A wetlands restoration order was issued.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) handled numerous calls about people wanting permits for car-kill deer and regarding bucks they had found after the deer season from which they wanted to salvage the antlers.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers and duck, pheasant, and bowhunters. The muzzleloader season kicked off with a lot of fog in the Albany area both weekend days. A TIP call was handled in which a man was out muzzleloader deer hunting without a license.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) investigated more violations and complaints during the first muzzleloader weekend season than the entire firearms season. Enforcement action was taken for several loaded guns in vehicles, shooting from the roadway, federal stamp violations, unplugged guns, decoys left out overnight, and blaze orange violations.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) received a call from a person who found “no trespassing” signs posted on a piece of public land. It was determined that a person had bought some adjacent land but did not research where the boundary lines were, resulting in a large piece of county land being posted with his signs, which he agreed to remove. A wildlife possession permit was issued to a person for the antlers of a buck that was found left over from the firearms deer season. The first wave of deer carcass-dumping complaints was received. Hunters are reminded to dispose of their deer parts responsibly.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked deer hunters and waterfowl hunters. He is investigating a deer hunting lend and borrow case. He also followed up on a number of nuisance animal-related questions. CO Sladek requests everyone that is leaving messages for conservation officers to repeat the number and try and talk slowly and clearly.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) found a lot of waterfowl hunters out this past week hoping for that last big migration push of the season, but it never developed.
CO Mike Krauel (Milaca) followed up on deer-hunting violations and several complaints about deer carcasses being dumped on private property. CO Krauel also checked muzzleloader hunters during the opening weekend and assisted a neighboring officer with an individual who was muzzleloader hunting without a license and under the influence of alcohol.
CO Phil Mohs (Center City) worked trapping and hunting activity. CO Mohs would like to remind Minnesota deer hunters hunting in Wisconsin to review the new deer transport regulations. Any whole deer carcasses transported into the state are to be confiscated and the individual in possession may be cited.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) focused her attention on small-game, big-game and ATV enforcement. CO Leuthardt also followed up on hunter harassment complaints and ATV trespassing in a state park, and she removed treestands that were left illegally in a WMA.
CO Tim Maass (Osseo) spent the week assisting with a trespass complaint that included the transport of an illegally taken big-game animal, and assisting with the investigation of shooting from a motor vehicle. A snowmobile safety class presentation was given at Corcoran City Hall. Time also was spent assisting the Carver County Sheriff’s Office in the search for a missing person on Lake Waconia.
CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) investigated several TIP calls, including baited deer stands and hunting in a closed area. Lake equipment was winterized and put into storage. CO Weyandt also spent time assisting with the search of a missing paddle-boarder on Lake Waconia.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) checked waterfowl hunters and deer hunters in the Waconia station. He also completed several zebra mussel violation cases in Minneapolis.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked waterfowl, small-game and big-game hunters. Anglers were checked on the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers and on area lakes. CO Pril also checked on nuisance animal-related complaints and answered hunting questions.
CO Jake Willis (Maplewood) checked waterfowl hunters and anglers as well as answered numerous nuisance wildlife-related calls. Assistance was given in conducting interviews in the metro area for an outstate CO, and time was spent on extra patrol at Afton State Park for Free Park Friday after the Thanksgiving holiday. CO Willis also responded to assist at a shooting that occurred in a city within his station.
CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) patrolled Anoka County for waterfowling activity. Very little success was observed among ducks hunters. CO Salzer also fielded several TIP calls, with several cases made. Cases included trespassing, taking deer out of season, and hunting waterfowl after legal shooting hours.
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) monitored waterfowl and pheasant hunters throughout the area. He also responded to TIP calls and general calls from the public. Enforcement action was taken for waterfowl-related violations.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) worked with the aviation division on details around the area. Several complaints were investigated around the Lac qui Parle refuge, including hunting pheasants in the controlled hunt zone. Numerous muzzleloader hunters were afield for the opening of that season.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored archery deer hunting, muzzleloader deer hunting, pheasant hunting, and waterfowl hunting during the week. A 12-point buck was shot out of season and left to die in a field. The incident occurred 2½ miles southeast of the city of Clinton. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to call the TIP hotline at 1-800-652-9093.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working pheasant and deer hunters. Several investigations are being conducted. Enforcement action was taken for shooting from the roadway.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) conducted a weekly radio interview with KLHO Radio in Pipestone. The muzzleloader opener was busy, with a lot of hunters out.
CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Benson) reports checking pheasant hunters and working a busy holiday weekend. Pheasant hunters were out in large numbers and reported moderate success. Goose hunters reported beginning to see geese in greater numbers.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) continued to follow up on multiple big-game investigations, including several trespass violations.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) checked waterfowl and pheasant hunters throughout the week. He also spent time on public land use and late shooting complaints.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) worked on follow-up investigations from the deer season. Restoration orders were delivered for wetlands that were tiled and drained. CO Klehr also spent time checking duck hunters. Enforcement action also was taken for burning garbage. People are reminded that snow on the ground does not allow them to burn garbage and other prohibited materials.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) worked waterfowl, boating, deer, and angling enforcement. Greater numbers of mallards and geese have moved into the area.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) responded to calls concerning reported insufficient use of blaze orange, potentially hunting late for pheasants, and car-kill deer permit.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) responded to several TIP complaints while spending most of his time on deer hunting, waterfowling, and fishing enforcement.
CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato) focused on muzzleloader, fishing, and waterfowling activity. CO VanThuyne also is following up on firearms deer season cases and investigating several wetland violations.
CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) reports a busy week working the end of the 3B deer season and the opening of the muzzleloader season. A number of duck hunters and a few pheasant hunters also found their way to the field.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO James Fogarty (La Crescent) spent the week checking waterfowl and firearms deer hunters. More activity was seen in the second weekend of the late 3B season due to the holiday and the beginning of muzzleloader season.
CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) took enforcement action for unplugged shotguns, transport of a loaded firearm, and possession of nontoxic shot while waterfowl hunting.
CO Trent Seamans (Rochester) spent the majority of the week patrolling for big-game and migratory waterfowl hunting.