Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Dec. 28, 2018
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked ATVing, snowmobiling, and angling enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, illegal possession of fillets on a special-management water, and angling without a license in possession.
CO Tony Elwell (Thief River Falls) conducted trapping, ice angling, and snowmobiling patrols around the station. Calls were taken about dogs chasing deer, deer possession permits, and an injured snowy owl. Elwell captured the owl, but unfortunately its injuries were too severe and it couldn’t be saved.
CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette) checked anglers and snowmobile and ATV riders during the week. Assistance was given regarding two stolen snowmobiles and a snowmobiling complaint.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Jake Swedberg (Detroit Lakes) spent the week working ice fishing and following up on deer cases in the station. Time was also spent answering questions about trespassing and how to properly mark land so ATVs and snowmobiles do not cut across it. Swedberg also attempted to help a motorist whose trailer had lost a tire, but further ruined his night by arresting him on a warrant for failing to appear in court.
CO Bill Landmark (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking angling and pheasant-hunting activity. A baiting case was investigated, and an incidental fisher was seized. Landmark also spoke about ice safety on a local radio show and assisted with the “Shop with a Hero” event in Fergus Falls.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Andrew Goodman (Elbow Lake) reports checking ice anglers and pheasant hunters throughout the week. One angler found to be using four lines greeted Goodman at the fish house door by saying, “I guess I’m popped.” Hunter harassment and dogs-chasing-deer complaints were investigated.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking anglers, pheasant hunters, and ATV operators. Additional time was spent investigating a wetland complaint and reports about litter dumped in a state wildlife management area parking lot.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked anglers. Some time was spent working on deer season cases. Enforcement action was taken for extra lines, northern pike in the slot, no spearing license, fish house violations, and unregistered ATVs.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Shane Zavodnik (International Falls), while responding to a call about an injured deer, noticed two large garbage bags in the ditch off a road. Upon opening the bags, he discovered two bucks that still had their registration tags attached to them, along with household garbage. One of the bucks also had never been registered and the other tag was not validated. Upon confronting the two individuals, one admitted to dumping the two garbage bags into the ditch, stating he knew it was wrong. Enforcement action taken.
CO John Slatinski (Ray) reports spearing and angling activity has increased with the mild weather encouraging people to get outdoors. Success reports for both have been varied. Several questions on spearing regulations were answered.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) investigated a complaint about a dog that was trapped in a snare. Follow-up was completed on open cases, with citations issued for various offenses.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO John Velsvaag (Ely) checked anglers this past week. Velsvaag also took several nuisance-animal calls and questions about dogs chasing deer and responded to a TIP complaint and took enforcement action.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) followed up on active cases and worked with the county attorney on cases coming up for court trials. Enforcement action included failure to register marten as required and ATV transfer and registration violations.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and trappers, patrolled for illegal ATV operation, performed equipment maintenance, and investigated a call about possible deer poaching.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, performed maintenance on station equipment, and attended training. Fairbanks and his K9 partner Si also assisted with a deer-poaching case in the Blaine area.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) attended funeral services for a fellow officer as part of the Enforcement Division’s Honor Guard contingent.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked ice anglers on the Duluth Harbor and trollers launching out of the McQuade Safe Harbor. Training was attended, and seasonal maintenance items handled. Enforcement action was taken for angling violations.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity this past week of checking ice angling and spearing activity. Truck drivers and ATV operators were found illegally using a grant-in-aid snowmobile trail and other posted-closed trails to access a lake for fishing.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Ashley Whiteoak (Malmo) worked ice angling, ATVing, and snowmobiling enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for illegal-length walleyes, fishing without an angling license, failure to register an ATV, and failure to register snowmobiles.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) continued to check ice anglers and dealt with violations that included unlicensed fish shelters and anglers leaving trash on the ice.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) reports several incidents of ATVs through the ice were taken. Use good judgement while accessing local waters, as ice conditions vary throughout the area.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) worked a trapping violation in which a trapper had a body-gripping trap that was not completely submerged and did not have the appropriate site-tagging coupons. The trapper acquired them after the animals were trapped.
CO Annette Kyllo (Pierz) reports spending time on equipment maintenance, checking ice-fishing activity, and handling a litter complaint. An investigation was done on a hunting complaint regarding a small-game hunter who shot a hen pheasant and left it lay. The hunter knew he had been seen, so he went back later and hid the pheasant. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Keith Bertram (Long Prairie) spent most of the week checking anglers, with the most common violation being the use of extra lines. A trespass call was investigated. Bertram also seized a fisher that was accidentally taken by a raccoon trapper.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked ice anglers and pheasant hunters. Musatov also received several animal-related complaints.
CO Trent Seamans (Big Lake) focused enforcement efforts on anglers and ATV riders. Anglers continue to have success along the Mississippi River. Enforcement action was taken for fishing without a license, allowing a juvenile to operate an ATV without a helmet, operating an ATV with expired registration, and fishing with an extra line.
CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) checked anglers, hunters, and trappers. Complaints were investigated regarding a snowmobile through the ice, dogs chasing deer, trespass, and wetland violations.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) reports angling activity continues to increase as word spreads about certain local lakes experiencing a good bite. Birdsall responded to a call for additional officers at a protest in Shakopee.
CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Mound) focused activity on angling enforcement. Angler success on area lakes varied from lake to lake.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking anglers and monitoring ice conditions. Grewe also followed up on a wanton waste case.
CO Tim Maass (Osseo) continued to work area lakes checking ice anglers and ATV operators. Maass also handled an injured-owl report and an injured-swan report.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) attended two days of training at Camp Ripley for the make-up session of spring firearms qualifications and in-service training. He also attended ongoing PEER Support Team training at St. Paul Police Department-EAP.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Luke Gutzwiller (White Bear Lake) worked angling activity and continued to follow up with ongoing big-game TIP calls involving hunting over bait, hunting after hours, and trespass.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) investigated a TIP call regarding hunting deer with the aid of bait and shooting after hours. He issued a wildlife possession permit and continued work on open cases.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored angling, archery deer and pheasant-hunting activity during the week. Miska was also the featured guest on the MinnDak Outdoors Radio Show on KDIO radio in Ortonville.
CO Andrew Dirks (Worthington) checked ice anglers and ATV riders throughout the week. Enforcement action was taken for extra lines and ATV registration issues.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working hunters and conducting investigations. Ice conditions remain only fair.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) worked area angling and ATVing activity. He also checked several pheasant hunters who had success. Vernier issued multiple deer possession permits.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) worked fishing enforcement for the majority of the week. Anglers were advised it is their responsibility to know the ice conditions and check before going out instead of just hoping the ice conditions are good and driving out.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) continued with deer-season investigations. Anglers are urged to continue using extreme caution as ice conditions vary greatly locally.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) worked angling and snowmobiling enforcement. Numerous snowmobilers were contacted with expired registration.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) checked ice anglers this past week. Time also was spent checking trappers and an occasional snowmobiler or two. He also followed up on a possible deer-hunting violation.
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked big- and small-game hunters, trappers, anglers, and ATV operators during the week.
CO Tony Flerlage (Spring Valley) checked pheasant hunters this past week. Time also was spent monitoring WMAs.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports following up on cases from the deer seasons. Numerous calls regarding the December hunts have been fielded.
CO Phil George (Rochester) spent the week checking ice anglers and waterfowl hunters. George also took a complaint about a hunter shooting from the road, and a trespass complaint.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) attended a reward presentation by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent regarding a turtle investigation that led to a guilty plea for felony Lacey Act violations.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) received complaints about deer-hunter trespass, illegal squirrel hunting, and illegal deer feeding. Several deer-hunting and CWD questions also were received.