Cuffs & Collars

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 42

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked waterfowl hunters on Thief Lake and the Roseau River WMAs. Enforcement action was taken for wanton waste, taking nongame birds, and late shooting.CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) responded to a call about a shot after shooting hours near Thief River Falls. Upon arrival, CO Woinarowicz located an individual who was…

WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 21

District 1 – Ashland areaWarden Matt Mackenzie and supervisor Dave Oginski, both of Ashland, contacted subjects in possession of marijuana while one of the two waited for the second to return from placing bait at a bowhunting location. One subject was cited for archery hunting without wearing a backtag, and the second was arrested by a Bayfield County Sheriff’s Department…

NY: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 21

Northern District HighlightsInvasive species detail(Madison County)On July 15, an invasive species/emerald ash borer firewood detail was conducted in Madison County. The Region 7 detail was part of statewide checkpoints to determine possible firewood movement in an attempt to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer in New York. The detail consisted of a checkpoint located on State Route 31…

IL: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 21

Region IA District 6 CPO responded to a complaint call in Winnebago County of a man who had poached a red fox during the closed season using a shotgun. The investigation validated this complaint. The CPO learned from the suspect that he had shot the red fox because it was eating stray cats in the area that he was feeding…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 41

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked waterfowl hunters on Thief Lake, Nereson WMA, Roseau River WMA, and in surrounding fields. A large wildfire that burned more than 30,000 acres was investigated, and charges are pending.CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) assisted some disabled hunters with obtaining permits, and a project was completed on a local enforcement facility.CO Jeremy Woinarowicz…

MI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 21

DISTRICT 1CO David Miller had a busy bear opener and wrote tickets for illegal treestands, failing to wear hunter orange, and illegal ORVs.CO Trey Luce ticketed a bear hunter who had failed to wear any hunter orange. Officer Luce also accompanied the subject back to camp to verify and have him retrieve his license.CO Ryan Aho investigated an illegal deer…

OH: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 21

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1• A District 1 wildlife investigator received a tip from a concerned sportsman about a possible baited dove hunting location. The caller described observing a location where it appeared hunters sat in a fence row and dove hunted over bird seed. District 1 investigators met with the sportsman and inspected the area. During the inspection,…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 40

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked waterfowl anglers at Thief Lake, Roseau River WMA pools, and East Park WMA. An illegal ATV activity complaint was investigated, and assistance was given in locating a missing hunter in Beltrami Island State Forest.CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) assisted local law enforcement in the search for a lost grouse hunter who had…

WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 20

District 10 – Wautoma areaWarden Bryan Lockman, of New London, arrested two boat operators on the Wolf River for OWI boating.Warden Lockman cited a shore fisherman for having a short smallmouth bass and for overbagging on panfish in Manawa.Warden Judi Nigbor, of Montello, assisted the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department with an ATV injury accident near White Lake. The operator was…

NY: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 20

Southern District HighlightsBasement spill leads to panic(Orange County)On June 22, ECO Michael Bello received an after-hours call from dispatch requesting he respond to assist the Town of Deer Park police with a mess of a spill into neighboring yards and the Neversink River. Earlier in the day, a Port Jervis resident noticed a failure of his home heating system, resulting…

IL: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 20

Region IA District 1 CPO investigated a complaint of an individual keeping wild turkeys in an enclosed pen in his back yard. Upon arrival the officer could plainly see an enclosed pen housing six wild turkeys in the back yard. The owner of the property stated he caught them in his back yard and was planning on either eating them…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 39

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked early goose hunters during the week and attended a trapping safety class in Roseau. Waterfowl hunters were checked on Thief Lake and on small potholes around Roseau and Kittson counties. Enforcement action for the week was taken regarding a large fire burning prohibited materials, and for hunting migratory birds with an…

MI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 20

DISTRICT 1CO Trey Luce assisted local deputies with a report of a deceased person found in the woods near Michigamme. Apparently the subject accidentally had cut himself in the neck and chest while operating a chain saw.CO Ryan Aho was first on the scene of a head-on car/motorcycle accident. The driver of the vehicle crossed the center line and collided…

OH: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 20

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1• Pickaway County Wildlife Officer Ken Bebout assisted Lake Erie law enforcement investigators Richard Barna and Gary Manley in the western and central basins of Lake Erie. Activities were centered on open-water sportfishing enforcement, which included fishing license, bag limit compliance and method restrictions. In some situations, Bebout boarded sport-fishing vessels to accurately count the…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 38

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked goose hunters early in the week. Archery deer, goose, and grouse hunters were checked throughout the weekend.CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) gave a presentation to a University of Minnesota-Crookston law enforcement class on conservation officer duties and career opportunities. CO Woinarowicz worked the small-game opener with Lt. Znajda, seeing poor…

WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 19

District 1 – Ashland areaWarden Amie Egstad, of Bayfield, was on Lake Superior and Chequamegon Bay and issued citations to three people, including two guides. One man was fishing without a license from a boat in Chequamegon Bay, and one licensed guide was cited for fishing in the Gull Island refuge. The third subject was a charter guide trolling with…

IL: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 19

Region IA district sergeant completed a deer poaching investigation that began in January 2010 in Mercer County. The investigation stemmed from information obtained from anonymous citizens and an anonymous call to the TIPS Hotline. Four offenders were arrested at the conclusion of the investigation. Through the investigation, the illegal taking/possession of 28 deer, rabbits, raccoons, a great blue heron, and…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 37

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) spent time checking early goose hunters and conducted follow-up on illegal bear-hunting activity.CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) continued to monitor bear-hunting activity, taking enforcement action for unsigned and unregistered baits. Catfish anglers were checked on the Red River of the North and in the Thief River Falls area.CO Angie Warren (Thief…

MI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 19

DISTRICT 1CO Brian Bacon contacted a group of anglers fishing in a bay off of Way Dam. The boat operator initially stated that they’d only caught a few perch. However, a check of the livewell revealed two short walleyes. Enforcement action was taken.CO Brian Bacon and Sgt. Marc Pomroy checked bear-hound hunters training in Dickinson County. A check of the…

PA: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 19

NORTHWEST REGIONCrawford County WCO Mark A. Allegro recently investigated complaints of ATVs driving on a farmer’s fields, as well as an individual unlawfully parking her vehicle on state game land and illegally picking seeds which she intended to sell.Forest County WCO Daniel P. Schmidt reports increasing patrols at SGL 24 rifle range. “There has been an increase in abuse this…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 36

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored bear baiting activity before the bear-hunting opener. He saw a slow opener to the early goose season with less than one goose per hunter, and a few cranes being killed.CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) attended regional training in Bemidji and worked the early goose opener.CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) assisted the…

WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 18

District 10 – Wautoma areaWardens Judi Nigbor, of Montello, and Nate Ackerman, of Berlin, contacted a boater on the Waupaca chain for a no-wake violation. The operator also was cited for OWI.Warden Nigbor closed a case involving traps being left after the season. Several animals were caught in these traps. The subject was cited for the violations.Wardens Jeff Knorr, of…

NY: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 18

Northern District HighlightsPiseco Outlet(Hamilton County)On June 5, ECO Scott Pierce noticed three fishermen fishing on the Piseco Outlet in the Town of Arietta. While the first two fishermen were eager to show they had valid fishing licenses, the third fisherman attempted to hide in the bushes. This subject was from Florida and did not have a fishing license. The officer…

IL: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 18

Region IA District 1 CPO, while checking an area that has had problems of people blocking the road and access to the Hennepin Canal, found a car parked in a no parking area. Two of the subjects were found who had ridden in the car; both did not have a valid driver’s license. The female subject stated that her boyfriend…

MI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 18

DISTRICT 1COs Dave Painter and Brian Bacon contacted two anglers at a trout lake in Iron County. After speaking with the two subjects, the COs found more than just a fish story. The subjects were in possession of an illegal handgun, marijuana, and had two undersized trout in possession. Enforcement action was taken.CO Brian Bacon responded to a complaint about…

PA: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 18

NORTHWEST REGION Erie County WCO Darin L. Clark has been investigating an individual in possession of a fawn. The individual could not produce a receipt for where he purchased the deer. It appears as though he did not realize the person from whom he purchased the deer was not properly permitted to sell deer. The seller will be cited for…