Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 29, 2020
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on the Roseau River and Lake of the Woods. A fire was investigated, and enforcement action was taken for burning without a permit. A deer season license issue also was investigated.
CO Marc Johnson (Warroad) worked primarily angling and ATVing enforcement. Violations encountered included illegal-length walleyes, expired boat registration, no license in possession, failure to display ATV registration, and boat safety equipment violations. While on Lake of the Woods, COs responded to a report about an abandoned fishing boat floating two miles from shore. The COs located the vessel and towed it off the lake before the unlit boat had an opportunity to create a bad situation after sundown.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working ATV, AIS, angling, and boating activity throughout this past week. Time was spent working an Upper Red Lake detail, investigating TIP information about a possible overlimit of walleyes, handling a report about nuisance bears causing residential garbage disturbances, and a complaint about camping at a public water access.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports checking on a grass fire near Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge this past week. Beaver- and wetland-related complaints were received. Anglers and watercraft operators were contacted throughout the week.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored boating and angling activity on area lakes. Vollbrecht spent time patrolling grant-in-aid ATV trails and state forest roads.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports receiving TIPs about possible fish overlimits and double-tripping. Enforcement action was taken for allowing illegal operation of an ATV, angling without a license in possession, failure to display valid registration on watercraft, and blocking a watercourse with a fence.
CO Jake Swedberg (Detroit Lakes) conducted boat and water enforcement on area lakes. He also received several complaints about personal watercraft on area lakes. Other time was spent assisting the county and local police agencies with calls for service and tracking down a motor vehicle operator who fled. The State Patrol was quickly able to find the vehicle, and the driver was arrested.
CO Angie Warren (Mahnomen) worked angling and boating activity. Patrol was conducted for ATVing activity and regulation information was provided to riders. A nuisance-beaver permit and car-killed bear permit were issued. Warren assisted county boat and water officers with a possible DWI.
CO Bill Landmark (Pelican Rapids) spent most of his angling enforcement time on special-regulation lakes. Anglers are reminded it is their responsibility to know the regulations and to invest in a quality measuring board for accurate measurements of their catch. Calls from the public included numerous complaints about bowfishers waking up lakeshore owners and a request for a deer-possession permit for a dead fawn.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports a few anglers were cited for no fishing license while a few boaters had expired registrations on their boats. Some TIP calls were handled involving fish overlimits and shooting a fox from a roadway.
CO Brian Holt (Osakis) assisted with a wildfire investigation in the Sand Dunes State Forest. He worked a busy Memorial Day weekend in the Osakis area with a lot of boats on the water.
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports angling pressure is high in the area. Several TIPs involving potential fish overlimits have been received.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) responded to several animal-related complaints, including two that involved people taking baby animals from the wild. The baby animals were located and released back into the wild. Remember to leave baby animals alone as their mothers are usually close by.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the past week were concentrated on checking anglers, boaters, and ATV operators. Additional time was spent monitoring AIS law compliance, and following up on wetland complaints. Calls about orphaned animals have started coming in and people are reminded that wildlife is best left alone.
CO Hanna Wood (Wheaton) focused on trespass, angling, and boat and water enforcement this past week. She received calls regarding minnow permits, nuisance beavers, injured animals, and a possible overlimit of fish. She also assisted Grant County with a single vehicle rollover.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) followed up on reports about a nuisance bear and a concern about a fawn. A fire investigation was worked on. Enforcement action was taken for illegal-length walleyes, illegal-length pike, angling without a license, and boating violations.
CO Randy Posner (Staples) worked on fishing enforcement this past week. Expired boat registration was the most common violation observed. He received a complaint about a bowfisher dumping rough fish on a city street near Baxter.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports the closing of the Canadian border has kept people on U.S. waters.
CO John Slatinski IV (Ray) reports that instances of nuisance bears are starting to be heard. To avoid unwanted interactions, remove any source of food that a bear may consider edible. As natural food sources become available, bears will typically move on if we restrict access to what may attract them to residential areas.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring area lakes and public access sites. Holiday weekend activities were light. ATV traffic was monitored. Minnow-trapping activities were checked. Beaver-related problems have started.
CO Shane Zavodnik (Cook) completed an investigation from this spring’s trapping season resulting in violations including wanton waste, failure to notify a conservation officer within 24 hours of accidentally killing an otter and muskrat, and possession of an otter out of season.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) reports PWC speed violations within 150 feet of shore outnumbered boating violations during the holiday weekend, with one operator not getting it. He was warned one day and was cited within 24 hours for the very same violation. He also felt he should disregard Bozovsky’s order to stop his PWC.
CO Duke Broughten (Aurora) spent the week monitoring boating, fishing, and ATVing activity. Broughten also arrested an individual for DUI on an ATV.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO John Velsvaag (Ely) checked anglers and boaters this past week. He also followed up on an old litter complaint. Velsvaag took several nuisance-animal calls and checked anglers coming out of the BWCAW.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled area forest and county roads, checking ATV and motorcycle operators, checked anglers and boaters on lakes and at accesses, and checked many campers during the holiday weekend. She handled questions about nuisance beavers, wildlife viewing, camping on DNR lands, and campgrounds. Manning also assisted Cook County with reports of a domestic disturbance, an illegal campfire, and aided in a search for a missing person.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) focused on OHV activity and water-related activity throughout the week and Memorial Day weekend. A high violation rate was encountered, with violations that included numerous people fishing without licenses, illegal-length northern pike, expired/unregistered watercraft, no PFDs, transporting water in a livewell, expired ATV and OHM registrations, illegal youthful operation, and failure to transfer ownership.
CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports a few canoeists were spoken to about updating their registration along with making sure they have the necessary PFD for each person on board.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked a busy holiday weekend on the North Shore. Angling and water recreation activity was high with warmer weather. Enforcement action was taken for unattended fire, no PFDs, and licensing violations. Murray assisted the Lake County Sheriff’s Office with an ATV accident involving a fatality.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) checked anglers, patrolled state parks, and worked small-game hunters, ATV riders, and AIS enforcement. Numerous game- and fish-related questions were answered.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, worked boat and water enforcement, monitored AIS compliance, and assisted the local police department at a domestic disturbance. Fairbanks and his K9 partner Si also trained for upcoming certifications.
CO Jimmy Van Asch (Pengilly) reports working angling, boating, ATVing, and AIS enforcement. Angling and recreational boating activity increased throughout the area with the long holiday weekend. Several nuisance-bear complaints were also fielded and handled.
CO Taylor Hochstein (Hill City) saw heavy outdoor recreation during the holiday weekend. Several people were informed that their PFDs in their watercraft may not be up to par. Waterlogged and deteriorated life jackets were common.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) saw a very heavy week of angling activity. The holiday weekend also brought a lot of people out on the water to recreate as well as fish. Enforcement action was taken for angling while license privileges are revoked, no angling license, allowing unlawful juvenile operation of a PWC, and no PFDs on board a watercraft.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent time working the St. Louis River monitoring fishing activity. Several lakes around the Duluth area also were worked for fishing and boating enforcement. Time was dedicated to invasive species enforcement at area accesses.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) reports a TIP call was investigated regarding angling in a closed area. Humphrey assisted in an off-highway motorcycle fleeing incident, which resulted in the arrest of the operator. Humphrey and CO Willis worked on a search warrant involving social media use.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports that K9 Schody assisted with searching for a firearm that was believed to have been thrown from a vehicle. On another call he assisted with searching for a person who fled from local police.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on a warm and buggy holiday weekend. ATVs were out in full force. Riders need to be observant of posted signs and existing regulations. Boaters need to check registration and safety equipment before heading out on the water. Enforcement action was taken for angling and boating violations.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Tim Collette (Brainerd) checked many anglers during the holiday weekend, assisted with an ATV detail at the Spider Lake ATV area, and handled numerous calls. One person on the busy Gull Lake chain was upset that boats and personal watercrafts were ruining his ability to enjoy their quite bay of the lake, and another had scooped up some just-hatched wood ducks that he thought were loon chicks away.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked a boat and water enforcement detail with a neighboring officer. Enforcement contacts included unattended lines, no angling license, transporting watercraft on a public roadway without removing the drain plug, and possession of illegal-length walleyes.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) patrolled heavy ATV activity in the area. Several OHMers were contacted while operating on the roadway. There were numerous youth violations, including operating on the roadway, riding without helmets, and no ATV safety. Ladd also located and responded to several illegal burns.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked Lake Mille Lacs, where night-fishing ban violations came up most frequently.
CO Ashley Whiteoak (Malmo) took calls about turtle harvesting, a complaint about a nuisance bear, a report about a walleye overlimit, and reports about anglers keeping bass during the catch-and-release season.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) received a call from a boater who heard a bang and then saw a Canada goose flopping in the water. After an investigation, it was determined the lakeshore owner had attempted to scare off a goose with a pellet gun because he was tired of geese defecating on the lakeshore. The goose died after the pellet hit it in the neck. Enforcement action was taken for taking a goose out of season.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) assisted more ranchers who had depredation problems where wolves harassed cattle and took newborn calves. One angler was found trying to make the most out of a crappie bite by using four fishing poles at the same time. The angler said to Grundmeier: “Sorry about that. If I’d have known you were watching me, I would have only used one rod.”
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent the past week checking anglers, monitoring boating activity, and conducting AIS work. Violations for the week included careless operation of a watercraft, unattended lines, no license in possession, and angling with extra lines.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) reports aquatic invasive species enforcement was worked at area accesses, and follow-up was conducted on boats being launched with zebra mussels attached.
CO Adam Seifermann (St. Cloud) reports an ongoing investigation regarding the dumping of two yearling deer and a raccoon that may have been taken illegally in the area of Bowlus. Please contact the TIP line at 800-652-9093 with information.
CO Keith Bertram (Long Prairie) found several anglers keeping bass before May 23. One angler had bass in his livewell the Friday before it was legal to keep bass. He assured Bertram that the season opened on Friday due to leap year. Bertram assured him that it did not.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) reports three individuals were cited for overlimits of crappies and sunfish.
CO Trent Seamans (Big Lake) reports enforcement action was taken for illegal dispersed camping, fishing with extra lines, fishing without a license, boating without life jackets, operating an ATV in the Sand Dunes State Forest, and allowing the illegal operation of an ATV by a juvenile.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Mound) focused on boating safety and angling enforcement during the week. In addition to patrolling area lakes and waterways, he assisted with K9 training on Lake Minnetonka. Enforcement action was taken for a large number of registration violations, boat operation violations, PWC violations, and angling without a license.
CO James Fogarty (Prior Lake) followed up on a report about an angler with three lines in the water at Quarry Lake. He arrived at the lake and observed the angler using the reported three lines. The reporting party was observed using live minnows, which is also a violation.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) patrolled Anoka and Washington counties for angling and boating activity. He spent time working area dams and rivers as well, and dealt with several TIP calls.
CO Ryan Hanna (White Bear Lake) patrolled the area for shore anglers. One person was reported to have kept a bass during the catch-and-release season. Hanna responded and investigated. The male believed that the largemouth bass was a carp. The violation was addressed, and the bass was returned to the water.
CO Chris Tetrault (Maplewood) spent the week checking anglers and conducting boat and water safety checks. He found that many people were unaware of the catch-and-release regulations for Mississippi Pool 2 for several species.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored AIS, angling, ATVing, and boating activity during the past week. Users of the Appleton Area Recreation Park are encouraged to review the DNR OHV Regulations booklet.
CO Derek Daniels (Lake Benton) spent the week working angling, boating, and invasive species enforcement. Despite the rain, many anglers still took to the water during Memorial Day weekend.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) worked angling and boating activity over the Memorial Day weekend. He followed up on several TIP reports of anglers keeping largemouth bass out of season.
CO Brett Wiltrout (Hutchinson) focused his time on anglers, turkey hunters, and boating safety. Additional time was spent fielding questions about nuisance animals and assisting the DNR Ecological and Water Resources Division with erosion at a local waterway.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) focused enforcement efforts during the past week on AIS, boat and water safety equipment, and ATV use. Vandalism at public water access points continues to be investigated.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked anglers, boaters, AIS activity, and ATV operators during the week. Davis also patrolled wildlife management areas, state parks, and waterfowl production areas. Multiple violations were encountered.
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) reports spending much of the week patrolling for angling, boating, and AIS infractions. Boaters are reminded to be considerate of others at public water accesses. Please have your equipment prepared so that when your turn comes to launch, you are ready to go.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Clint Fitzgerald (Rochester) reports an investigation was initiated regarding illegal vehicle operation on state forest land. Fitzgerald arrested a man for operating an ATV while under the influence. The man was operating within a mile of his residence.
CO Tyler Ramaker (La Crescent) investigated a complaint about damage to a wetland caused by ATV use. The responsible people were identified, and action was taken.
CO Annette Kyllo (Rochester) investigated a large plume of black smoke that could be seen for miles. The responsible person had started a large pile of trees on fire and the fire had spread to an abandoned mobile home parked nearby. The individual did not have a burning permit, had no intentions of reporting the fire, and told Kyllo not to call the fire department. The fire department was notified and by the time firefighters arrived, another nearby shed had caught on fire. The fire was extinguished and no one was injured.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) assisted with a rescue of a father and son who overturned their kayaks in fast current on the Zumbro River.