Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 15, 2022

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods and ATVing activity around Warroad. Enforcement contacts for the week included possession of illegal-length walleyes, angling with an extra line, and operating a watercraft without required navigation lights. Assistance was given to the Roseau Police Department regarding a bear in a tree.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) worked on Lake of the Woods with COs Sura and Simonson, and patrolled local state parks and ATV trails. Enforcement action was taken for state park pass violations, no ATV registration, and juvenile helmet and safety training violations.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working boating, AIS, and angling activity throughout this past week. Enforcement action for the week included removal of aquatic vegetation without a permit and angling license violations.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports completing a deer hunting-related case involving deer from the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Time also was spent instructing at the current CO Academy at Camp Ripley.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports fishing activity has slowed. Calls about dogs possibly chasing deer and ATVer trespass on local wildlife management areas were investigated. Vinton continued work with a local government unit on a wetland violation. 

CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked boating and angling activity. Enforcement action was taken on multiple violations. Peterson also handled miscellaneous calls and complaints regarding wildlife, minnow trapping, and abandoned property.

CO Angie Warren (Mahnomen) spent time on angling and boating activity. A call about an abandoned PWC was investigated. Assistance was provided at Itasca State Park.

CO Bill Landmark (Pelican Rapids) spent the week following up with cases and enforcement action during the Fourth of July weekend. Time also was spent working ongoing wetland and shoreline cases as well as investigating new complaints. 

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Andrew Goodman (Fergus Falls) focused on angling, AIS, and boating enforcement this week. Complaints about special-regulation violations, netting, and injured wildlife were handled. Goodman also instructed an ATV safety field day in Fergus Falls and worked with the area hydrologist on potential public waters violation cases.

 CO Ryan Brown (Elbow Lake) continued to monitor ATVing, angling, and boating activity in the area. Various boating and angling violations were encountered throughout the week.

CO Emily Douvier (Morris) reports working fishing and recreational vehicle activity. Enforcement action was taken for operating an ATV without headlights, fishing without a fishing license in personal possession, and various life jacket-related violations.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week were concentrated on checking anglers and boaters and monitoring AIS law compliance.

District 4 – Walker area

CO Adam Seifermann (Staples) reports a steady increase in recreational traffic in the area. Area lakes, rivers, and campgrounds continue to see an increase in demand. He also reports seeing many hunters getting private property ready for the upcoming bear- and deer-hunting seasons. Now is a great time to legally post your land in preparation for the upcoming seasons. 

CO Jordan Anderson (Wadena) investigated a TIP call regarding potential illegal bait harvesting. 

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked boaters and anglers. ATV and AIS enforcement also were worked. Mathy also provided assistance when a motorist had a medical incident. 

CO Michael Cross (Lake George) reports working ATV traffic, recreational watercraft traffic, AIS, and angling. Cross also took calls about nuisance bears and from concerned citizens about wolves living near their homes.

CO Patrick McGowan (Walker) reports working busy Cass and Crow Wing county lakes for activity. McGowan also assisted at Camp Ripley with CO Academy training. 

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports water levels on Rainy Lake continue to drop, but are still at flood level. The Voyageurs National Park Visitor Center boat ramp is back open, which will give people more access to the lake. People are reminded that the no-wake zone ordinance is still in effect. Several animal-related complaints were handled throughout the week.

CO Curtis Simonson (International Falls) reports checking sturgeon anglers on the Rainy River this past week. Anglers reported the bite being good. ATV- and nuisance bear-related calls were addressed as well.

CO John Slatinski IV (Ray) reports the Fourth of July holiday and associated weather brought out boaters, anglers, and sun worshipers in plentiful numbers. Campgrounds were busy, as were area resorts. Overall safety compliance was high, and fishing reports were positive. It appears the mayfly hatch was delayed and has recently started to happen in numbers sufficient to notice. Turtles and waterfowl with their young have been active. Be patient when encountering them on roadways.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports continued work with bear, beaver, and wolf problems. Angling and boating activities were monitored. Fishing remains poor. Area forest roads were checked and equipment work completed.  

CO Marc Johnson (Hibbing) primarily worked ATVing and boating/fishing enforcement. Time also was spent assisting local law enforcement agencies and fielding a variety of calls. 

CO Shane Zavodnik (Virginia) spent time patrolling area lakes throughout the week. Multiple ATV and boating safety violations were encountered. Zavodnik and Lt. Matt Frericks encountered a party possessing a substantial overlimit of bass and panfish during the week. Ongoing work continues regarding the case. 

CO Duke Broughten (Aurora) spent the week monitoring fishing, boating, and ATVing activity. Broughten fielded calls regarding nuisance animals, ATV operation, and watercraft registration. He also followed up on open cases.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO John Velsvaag (Ely) checked anglers and ATV riders this past week. Several public accesses had litter and damaged signs. Velsvaag also had several nuisance-animal calls and questions about the BWCAW regulations.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent time in the BWCAW, checking anglers. He checked remote trout lakes along the border and patrolled campgrounds as well. Enforcement action was taken for angling and watercraft violations.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked anglers and took a report about an angler destroying fish-spawning structures in an area Lake Superior tributary to prevent his family’s illegal treble hooks from snagging in the river. The family was long gone and, fortunately, damage was minimal. Manning also assisted with training for new conservation officer candidates and investigated possible unpermitted fill along the shore of Lake Superior.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked angling and boating activity during the week. Murray also investigated ongoing camping complaints and advised callers regarding nuisance-bear activity.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Vinny Brown (Northome) enforced ATV, off-highway motorcycle, and fishing activities. Bear-hunting and fishing-related questions were answered. Enforcement action was taken for operating an OHM on a public road, no OHM safety certificate, miscellaneous ATV violations, and parking in a closed area at a public access.

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) patrolled state parks and checked anglers, boaters, and ATV riders. Numerous game and fish questions were answered. He also responded to wildlife-related complaints.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked a busy week with many Minnesotans and vacationers from out of state on area waters. Sutherland also took multiple bear-related complaints in the area with many bird feeders being torn down by the hungry bear families.

CO Brian Holt (Grand Rapids) checked anglers and recreational vehicle operators during the week. Time also was spent monitoring AIS compliance and handling miscellaneous wildlife-related complaints. Holt worked a TIP complaint and followed up on open investigations.

CO Jimmy Van Asch (Pengilly) reports working angling, boating, AIS, and ATV enforcement activities throughout the area. Follow-up work was conducted on several boating and angling complaints.

CO Taylor Hochstein (Hill City) followed up on several angling and ATVing complaints. Time was spent at Camp Ripley, assisting with training at the CO Academy.  

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth) checked anglers and boaters on area lakes. ATV complaint areas were worked, and nuisance-animal phone calls were handled. He assisted at the CO Academy as an evaluator for scenario day.  

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) had the opportunity to help evaluate conservation officer candidates at Camp Ripley as they participated in scenarios, which included putting their week of classroom learning into field work. Time also was spent checking anglers on area lakes. Other activities during the week included working ATV complaint areas, nuisance-animal complaints, AIS education, and possible waters complaints.  

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent quite a bit of time throughout the week dealing with nuisance-bear problems and wolf-depredation-of-livestock complaints. Reports were taken about adult wolves and their pups harassing cattle and killing and injuring calves. Reported bear problems included damage to grills, deck furniture, garbage cans and chicken coops. 

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Chelsey Best (Pequot Lakes) spent time on boating and ATVing enforcement. Numerous nuisance-wildlife calls were handled. Enforcement action was taken for fishing without a license, as well as PFD and registration issues.

CO Andrew Dirks (CCSRA) spent time monitoring activity throughout the recreation area. The mine pits were busy with anglers and recreational use throughout the week. Enforcement action included park pass violations, registration, and insufficient life jackets. 

CO Calie Kunst (Crosslake) spent time patrolling lakes and ATV trails in the area. Violations found included failure to have an angling license in personal possession, failure to display registration, and taking fish without a license. Kunst also received various aquatic plant management complaints and followed up on them. 

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) reports that litter complaints have been received and are being investigated. Guida testified in court on a deer-hunting case. He also fielded aquatic plant removal permit violations.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked lake activity where water recreation is more prominent than angling. ATV traffic was monitored, and assistance was provided at the Aitkin County Fair booth.

CO Victoria Griffith (Isle) worked angling and ATVing activity. Time also was spent following up on littering and angler-harassment complaints. 

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked fishing and boating activities, along with nuisance-animal calls. Public outreach efforts included assisting the St. Cloud Police Department with a youth fishing event.   

CO Mikeena Mattson (Wealthwood) worked ATV and sportfishing enforcement during the week. Bear-related complaints are a common theme this time of year. 

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Stephen Westby (Little Falls) took a call about livestock possibly killed by wolves. An investigation showed the livestock animals were killed by wolves, and a federal trapper was called to assist. Time was spent on area lakes and rivers for angling and boating activity. 

CO Tou Vang (Pierz) monitored ATVing activity, checked anglers, conducted boat and water safety and AIS checks, and conducted equipment maintenance. Calls about nuisance bears and ATV complaints were taken throughout the week.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers and boaters on area lakes. Mississippi River enforcement was conducted. Enforcement action was taken for fishing with extra lines and cutting lake weeds without a permit.

CO Leah Kampa (Annandale) reports checking anglers and conducting ATV enforcement. Assistance was given to the sheriff’s office in locating a missing boater. The boater was found safe. 

CO Keith Bertram (Long Prairie) spent the week checking anglers and boaters. Enforcement action was taken for license violations, insufficient boating safety equipment, and no ATV registration.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Clint Fitzgerald (Buffalo) spent the week checking anglers and monitoring ATVing activity. Time also was spent at a youth fishing event in Monticello. Enforcement action was taken for various violations related to boating safety equipment. 

CO Trent Seamans (Big Lake) patrolled for anglers, boaters, and ATV operators. Additional time was spent assisting nearby law enforcement agencies and patrolling state lands. Seamans issued citations to several anglers found fishing without  licenses. Seamans also responded to a TIP from a concerned angler near Cold Spring. The suspect of the TIP was caught using too many lines and fishing with a cut piece of sunfish for bait. 

CO Mike Krauel (Mora) spent the week checking anglers and working boat and water safety. He also spent time working on a case in which an individual was shooting deer out of season. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license, no life jackets, and shooting deer out of season.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) spent time the past week assisting with the instruction for conservation officer candidates at the CO Academy at Camp Ripley. Additionally, a complaint was fielded about target shooting in WMAs. Outside of discharging a firearm during an open hunting season, target shooting is illegal in WMAs.

CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Mound) presented on gun safety and watercraft safety at Chaska’s annual safety camp.

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) patrolled the metro area for boating and fishing and Fort Snelling State Park for park usage. 

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Garrett Thomas (Eagan) spent time checking river and lake anglers. In one instance, an angler was found to be approximately 60 sunfish over his limit. When confronted with the violation, the angler threw his fishing rod into the water and refused to retrieve it. He was cited for the overlimit and littering. The illegal fish were seized and returned to the water. 

CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent the week checking anglers and boaters and doing AIS enforcement. He handled many nuisance-animal complaints and continued working on ongoing cases.

CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) patrolled Anoka County for angling and boating activity. He also assisted with training at the ongoing CO Academy. Salzer also assisted other COs with a big-game case in the area in which enforcement action is being taken.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Luke Gutzwiller (Redwood Falls) spent time working angling and recreational boating activity. Time also was spent responding to a K9 call to assist with an evidence search and follow up with a big-game investigation.

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working ATVing, boating, and fishing activity. Canada goose production seems high in the area.

CO Derek Daniels (Lake Benton) worked angling and boat and water enforcement this past week. Daniels would like to remind PWC operators that the hours of permitted operation are from 9:30 a.m. to one hour before sunset.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working fishing, boating, ATV riding, state park, and AIS enforcement. Visitors to state parks are reminded that a park sticker or day pass is required even if you just want to drive through the park. 

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Cassie Block (Willmar) spent time this week checking anglers and boaters on area lakes. She also focused efforts on ATVing activity.  

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) checked anglers and boating safety along with working AIS enforcement for the Litchfield Watercade fishing tournament. Other time was spent at Camp Ripley assisting with CO Academy training. 

CO Brett Wiltrout (Hutchinson) spent time this week primarily on boat and water safety. Other activities included sportfishing and fielding questions about youth operating ATVs. 

CO Zachary Larson (Hutchinson) partnered with other officers on an AIS detail in Brown County. Questions from the public were answered regarding the upcoming fall hunting seasons. 

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received calls concerning boating, angling, and deer-hunting regulations. He worked angling, boating, invasive species, off-road vehicles, and litter/dumping violations.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) reports that he worked angling enforcement, AIS enforcement, boat and water safety, and ATV enforcement. 

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Meng Moua (Spring Valley) focused on fishing and ATVing activities. Moua also answered questions about numerous nuisance animals and assisted with a firearms safety class. 

CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato) focused on recreational vehicle and fishing activity. VanThuyne also responded to state park violations, assisted other agencies, and checked watercraft for AIS compliance. 

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) responded to complaints and certified a commercial license holder. Trespass complaints were received for motorized vehicles on AMA and WMA areas. 

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) responded to a call about an injured hawk at the Winona County fairgrounds. The bird was caught and later released. Thanks to the fairground workers for their help. 

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) had a person give him false information about his identity, which may have gone undetected had a friend not called him by his correct name.

CO Derek Schneider (Zumbrota) reports area lakes have remained busy. Various boating violations were addressed. Some anglers were found this week without licenses and using extra lines. Time was spent on ATV enforcement as activity has been high.

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