Outdoor News

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 20, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Shannon Kritz received a tip that somebody was continuously blocking access to state property. CO Kritz went to the location, walked down the road beyond the blockage, and discovered that it led to a hunting blind with no name or address on it. CO Kritz placed a trail camera to monitor the area and to see if…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 20, 2020

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  State wildlife officer Brian Motsinger, assigned to Union County, was patrolling fishing locations at Buckeye Lake with state wildlife officer Tony Zerkle, assigned to Fairfield County. The officers observed a group of people near a state park canal. One of the individuals cast a fishing pole into the lake and later…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 20, 2020

SOUTHWEST REGION From the Game Commission Allegheny County Game Warden Douglas Bergman reports charges were filed against an Elizabeth Township man having a live arctic fox in his possession. The public should be reminded that it is unlawful to import or possess such animals without first obtaining the proper permits. Beaver County Game Warden Matt Kramer reports pheasant hunters came…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 20, 2020

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) and COC Tou Vang checked deer hunters throughout the past week. Violations for the week included hunting with the aid of bait, transporting a loaded rifle, failure to register deer, and failure to tag deer. CO Marc Johnson (Warroad) continued working the firearms deer season. Many calls and complaints were fielded…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 13, 2020

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Mercer County, CPO McKune made the arrest of 2 subjects illegally hunting deer from their vehicle at night. The two arrested subjects were found to be using lights at night in attempt to locate and harvest deer and had 1 uncased crossbow with an arrow knocked as well as 2 uncased firearms in…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 13, 2020

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Conservation Police Officers protect fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York. In 2019, the 288 ECOs across the state responded to 25,704 calls and worked on cases that resulted in 16,855 tickets or arrests for crimes ranging from deer poaching to solid waste dumping, illegal mining, the black market…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 13, 2020

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) prepared for and worked the opening weekend of the firearms deer season. Several baited stands were investigated with Lt. Benjamin and CO Johnson, and charges are pending. A check of an illegal camp found the occupant with multiple arrest warrants.  CO Aaron Larson (Baudette) worked primarily ATV, small-game, and big-game enforcement….

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 13, 2020

NORTHERN REGION Spooner Team / September While working ATV/UTV patrol on the Wild Rivers Trail in Washburn County, wardens Jon Hagen, of Spooner, and Jesse Ashton, of Luck, were approached by a man who stated he was in an accident. An ambulance was called and the man was transported to the hospital due to his injuries. The wardens assisted the…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 6, 2020

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  State wildlife officer Tony Zerkle, assigned to Fairfield County, has been creatively working with conservation clubs to continue outdoor education for new hunters. In the past, larger groups of volunteers and first-time hunters would gather in a classroom setting and complete a Learn to Hunt course followed by a hunt. The…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 6, 2020

SOUTHWEST REGION From the Game Commission Beaver County Game Warden Mike Yeck reports several archery deer hunters have been charged this year with using bait as an enticement for wildlife. Most have been actively hunting in areas where bait was present, and some have been taking advantage of baited areas within 30 days of the removal of the bait and…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 6, 2020

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) reports charges are pending for the drivers and passengers of two different vehicles stopped near Grygla for shining. They were found to be in possession of firearms, and the occupants of one vehicle also possessed a deer. A juvenile swan was captured and will be brought to a rehab facility. CO…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 6, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Jared Ferguson was patrolling Dickinson County when he observed two kayakers on a local river system fishing. CO Ferguson contacted the two individuals and found both subjects did not have personal floating devices (PFDs). During the contact, one individual was questioning why he should have a PFD on a kayak. At that moment he flipped his kayak…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 30, 2020

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Carroll County, CPO Hoftender and CPO Kiprono cited a Morrison man for not having a state waterfowl stamp while hunting teal. He was issued written warnings for license not in possession, unnumbered watercraft, and no HIP certification. In LaSalle County, CPO Kiprono was checking individuals fishing on the Illinois River under the Route…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 30, 2020

Joint Investigation Nabs Bear Poacher (Ulster County)  On Sept. 28, ECOs Walraven and Johnson charged a 63-year-old New Jersey man with several misdemeanor charges and a violation for hunting a black bear with the aid of a pre-established bait pile, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a residence, and unlawfully taking a black bear. The charges stem from an…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 30, 2020

NORTHERN REGION Antigo Team / September Wardens Brad Dahlquist, of Antigo, and Brad Burton, of Beaver Dam, investigated a complaint regarding an undersized black bear illegally harvested in Oconto County. Following investigation, it was found a hunter had illegally harvested a legal size bear, failed to register the harvest and illegally dumped the carcass on public land. Law enforcement action…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 30, 2020

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked duck hunters and began preparations for deer season. Duck hunters were breaking ice on Thief Lake and other small wetlands. Reports about bears in trees are coming in, and onlookers are encouraged to give the bears space until they can get down from the tree and leave. CO Aaron Larson…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 23, 2020

DISTRICT 1 COs Ethen Mapes and Zach Painter were on patrol in Ontonagon County and stopped a large group of ORVs. While talking with the operators, several signs of intoxication were observed with one subject. Standard field sobriety tests (SFSTs) were given to the subject and he was arrested for operating while intoxicated (OWI). COs Shannon Kritz and Jeff Dell…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 23, 2020

Division of Wildlife Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1  State wildlife officer Adam Smith, assigned to Logan County, responded to a call of a Cooper’s hawk that was trapped inside the local TSC store. Officer Smith called a wildlife rehabilitator to assist him with capturing the bird. Store management had closed the store to protect their customers. Officer Smith and…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 23, 2020

SOUTHWEST REGION From the Game Commission Allegheny County Game Warden Zeb Campbell reports a baiting case has been resolved. The person was hunting over corn, a salt block and other feed he’d placed out, saying he does this while hunting in West Virginia. Hunters are responsible for knowing the hunting and trapping laws where they hunt. The defendant paid over…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 23, 2020

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked duck-hunting activity on Thief Lake, Nereson Wildlife Management Area, Lake of the Woods and Roseau River WMA. A stranded boat of duck hunters was towed in from Lake of the Woods near Warroad. CO Marc Johnson (Warroad South) spent time at the Northwest Angle working migratory waterfowl and angling activity. …

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 16, 2020

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Whiteside County, CPO Francisko was patrolling State Parks in Whiteside County. When entering Prophetstown State Park (along the flooded Rock River) the CPO observed a small jon boat that had just launched. The CPO conducted a boat safety inspection and found several violations. The boat did not have enough PFD’s for each person…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 16, 2020

Illegal Deer Case Crosses State Lines (Orange County) On Sept. 20, ECO Mangels assisted New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection law enforcement with a case involving two illegally harvested deer taken from a closed management zone. ECO Mangels interviewed the suspect and the suspect’s father and obtained the location of the buck in a freezer in New Jersey. The ECO…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 16, 2020

WEST-CENTRAL REGION Lower St. Croix Team /August  Warden Kyle Kosin, of Pierce County, responded to multiple reports of car-killed bald eagles on Pierce County roadways. Bald eagles commonly scavenge on vehicle-killed animals, putting them at risk of being struck by passing vehicles.  Warden J.J. Redemann, of Dunn County, and the Dunn County recreation deputy were on boat patrol on the…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 16, 2020

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked duck hunters on the Roseau River Wildlife Management Area and Thief Lake. Enforcement contacts included transporting a loaded firearm, possessing lead shot, and failure to make an effort to retrieve a wounded goose. CO Aaron Larson (Baudette) worked angling, small-game, waterfowl, and big-game enforcement. Several contacts were made during a…