Cuffs & Collars

WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 4

District 1 – Ashland areaWarden John Krull, of Superior, made contact with two people fishing inside an ice-fishing shack on Amnicon Lake. Both were smoking marijuana at the time. The amount of marijuana remaining in possession was very small and there were no fishing violations being committed, but neither person had their license with them. A computer check confirmed that…

IL: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 4

Region IA District 7 CPO received a complaint during the late winter deer season of a subject hunting deer too close to a residence. Upon investigation, the CPO found numerous violations including: hunting deer over a baited area, hunting without permission, failure to wear orange, trapping while using exposed bait, failure to tag traps with name and address. Citations were…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 7

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) spent time contacting local bait retailers regarding invasive species issues, and angling activity on Lake of the Woods was monitored. A radar patrol was conducted, addressing complaints about snowmobile speeds.CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) spoke to an area high school careers class about conservation officer roles and career opportunities. A detail…

PA: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 4

NORTHWEST REGIONCrawford County WCO Mario L. Piccirilli cited an individual for illegally shooting two deer. “The first deer he didn’t tag at all, and the second deer he was planning to use a borrowed tag he had in his vehicle,” he said. His partner also was cited for aiding and abetting the illegal act. They were apprehended on their way…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 6

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored snowmobile and angling activity on Lake of the Woods and Lake Bronson. A civil citation was issued for allowing dogs to chase big game. Assistance was given to the local sheriff’s department with a rural car accident.CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) received a number of complaints regarding trucks being driven down grant-in-aid…

IL: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 3

Region IA District 7 CPO continued to investigate a deer poaching case in Henderson County. The case involves the illegal taking of a 13-point buck.A District 1 CPO along with the Region 1 captain and Ogle County Sheriff’s Department investigated a fatal hunting accident in Ogle County. The tragic accident occurred when three friends were squirrel hunting. The 14-year-old shooter…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 5

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) spent time checking anglers and snowmobilers on Lake of the Woods. He also followed up on a wetlands violation.CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) checked area anglers and monitored snowmobile trails. An evening patrol on the Red River of the North yielded enforcement contacts for angling with extra lines, minor consumption of…

MI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 3

DISTRICT 1CO Brian Bacon and Sgt. Marc Pomroy set up surveillance on two anglers fishing on a remote section of an Iron County lake, and upon checking the fishermen, tickets were issued for fishing with more than three lines each, undersized fish, and no license.CO Brian Bacon and Sgt. Marc Pomroy contacted the operator of an ORV on a Dickinson…

PA: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 3

NORTHWEST REGIONMercer County WCO Lawrence R. Hergenroeder reported a deer carcass dumped along a roadway. “The person responsible indicated that it was legal to do so in the state he was from,” he said. “I have no knowledge of any state that condones this illegal activity,” he said. The investigation also revealed an illegally taken five-point buck from WMU 2D.Warren…

OH: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 3

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1• Knox County Wildlife Officer Mike Miller reports that on the opening day of the youth deer gun season he received a complaint of a vehicle shooting from the roadway. He and wildlife officers Curt Smith and Dirk Cochran responded to the complaint. The landowner reported finding a man dragging a deer that had been…

WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 2

District 1 – Ashland areaA case was settled regarding a subject who was cited by warden Amie Egstad, of Bayfield, for not having his dog licensed while using it for bear hunting. He was fined, and DNR licenses/privileges were revoked for one year due to prior DNR offenses.A subject who had been revoked for three years for deer violations bought…

NY: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 2

Northern DistrictBaiting Search Warrant(Saratoga County)On Oct. 24, 2010, DEC Environmental Conservation Police executed a search warrant on Horse Hill Road in the Town of Edinburg, Saratoga County, for activities related to the baiting and illegal taking of big game. Based on observations, physical evidence and information obtained at the location, four men were charged with a total of seven misdemeanors…

IL: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 2

Region IA Utica man was charged by District 6 CPOs for hunting over a baited area, unlawful feeding of wildlife and hunting without permission. The man told the officer that he was feeding the deer to keep them healthy and to grow big antlers.A District 7 CPO observed several ATVs leaving a farm field ridden by hunters in blaze orange….

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 3

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) reports enforcement was taken for extra lines and over limits of walleyes.CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) spent much of the week checking anglers on Lake of the Woods. Enforcement action taken for angling, fish shelter and ATV violations.CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) met with the county attorney with to prepare for an upcoming trial.CO…

OH: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 2

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1• In mid-December, Pickaway County Wildlife Officer Ken Bebout investigated an off-road violation in which a 4X4 truck was buried to the frame on the mud flats of Deer Creek Wildlife Area. The Deer Creek Corps of Engineers drops the lake water level in the fall for flood control; consequently, there are large mud flats…

NY: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 1

(Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of what we expect to be a regular feature in New York Outdoor News. “Cuffs and Collars” will highlight some of the activities of the DEC’s environmental conservation officers as they relate to hunting, fishing, trapping and the outdoors. This initial submission from DEC’s ECOs covers some of the activities and cases from early…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 2

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) spent time preparing and organizing a snowmobile law class for local enforcement officers in the area. Assistance was provided to DNR Wildlife staff with end-of-the-year fur registration, and follow-up was conducted on a bobcat depredation.CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) attended the annual deer committee meeting at Camp Ripley and monitored area…

OH: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 1

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1• Wildlife officers Chad Grote and Steve Harvey were teamed up one night working spotlighter enforcement in central Ohio. Around 11 p.m. Harvey received a call from the ODNR Communications Center that someone had shot at a deer with a shotgun because the deer was attacking their pet dog. Harvey contacted the Delaware County Sheriff’s…

PA: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 1

NORTHWEST REGIONJefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless said the number of violations uncovered this rifle deer season was up substantially over the past couple of deer seasons. Alighting and shooting from a vehicle, loaded firearms in vehicle, tagging violations, and hunting for antlerless deer in the wrong WMU or without an antlerless deer license topped the list of violations. The…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 1

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods. Followup continued on cases from the firearms and muzzleloader seasons. Enforcement action was taken for anglers possessing marijuana and for angling with extra lines.CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) spent much of the week checking anglers on Lake of the Woods. A husband and wife from out…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 52

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) spent the week checking anglers on Lake of the Woods. Ice conditions are improving enough to allow full-size trucks and fish houses on certain roads.CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) followed up on hunting stands left in wildlife management areas. Area snowmobile trails were checked for activity. Anglers on the Red Lake…

IL: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 26

Region IA District 7 CPO and USFW officers worked the opening weekend of the central waterfowl zone. While observing hunters from a private blind, they observed a subject pursuing a crippled duck. The subject stopped his boat and exited without loading his shotgun. The subject then walked up to the blind that the officers were in and began walking around….

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 51

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked blackpowder and archery deer hunters, as well as elk hunters in the Lancaster area. He also checked ice anglers on Lake Bronson and Lake of the Woods.CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) worked deer-hunting activity. She located several hunting stands left on wildlife management areas and initiated follow-up investigations. Officer Warren…

MI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 26

DISTRICT 1 CO Ryan Aho responded to the complaint about a raccoon left in a trap for more than the 48-hour check requirement. The raccoon was located, and follow-up was done with the trapper. Further investigation revealed the trapper had a wolf caught in a trap. CO Aho and the trapper were able to free the wolf, and enforcement action…

OH: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 26

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1• While on patrol during the statewide deer gun season, Champaign County Wildlife Officer Jeff Tipton located a truck parked along a county road near the Mad River. It was close to the end of shooting time, so Tipton waited for the hunter so that he could check his hunting license. He had stepped inside…

IL: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 25

Region IA District 7 officer was walking the Peoria Sanitation Property and observed a fresh blood trail that led to a gut pile. The officer followed the drag marks to the Illinois River. The officer believed that the subjects were accessing the property by watercraft. The officer made several contacts with individuals who worked along the river. He provided them…