Cuffs & Collars

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue:50

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked muzzleloader hunters and investigated a trespass complaint regarding an individual who shot a deer from the roadway. A search warrant was executed at a residence. CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) found anglers venturing out by ATV and snowmobile on Lake of the Woods. A wetlands violation and a trespass complaint were…

OH: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 25

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1• State Wildlife Officer Brad Kiger was going through the deer harvest forms and noticed something that looked strange from one of his check stations in Franklin County and set it aside for a future date. Kiger later made contact with a subject who stated that he killed his first deer in Knox County and…

MI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 25

DISTRICT 1CO Jason Niemi and Sgt. Pete Wright conducted a taxidermy inspection of a business in Menominee County. The owner was unable to produce records, didn’t have the majority of his animals tagged, was in possession of an unsealed bobcat, and illegally possessed a spruce grouse. Enforcement action was taken on the violations.CO Marvin Gerlach and Sgt. Pete Wright contacted…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 49

District 1 – Baudette area CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) addressed an overlimit of fish incident resulting in enforcement action. CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) continued an investigation regarding a black bear taken out of season and checked muzzleloader hunters in the area. He also responded to a call about an injured cow moose in which a hunter believed it…

PA: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 25

NORTHWEST REGIONErie County WCO Darin L. Clark investigated an illegally killed deer on a Sunday night. He tracked down two juveniles who the landowner saw trying to get the deer out of the field.Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless said the recent archery season ended the same as it started, with individuals being discovered hunting deer through the use of…

IL: Cuffs and Collars Issue 24

Region IA Region 1 CPO received a complaint about someone placing bait on their property. The CPO took samples of the mineral and the pile of corn. The CPO posed as a hunter and finally caught the individual hunting over the baited area. The individual stated that he did not check to see if the bait was gone before hunting…

PA: WCO Field Reports Issue 24

NORTHWEST REGIONCrawford County WCO Mario L. Piccirilli said one group of eight hunters did quite well the first day of archery season harvesting five antlerless deer and a buck, however the buck was illegal, he said. “The hunter who shot the protected buck was subsequently reported by another concerned sportsman to Crawford County LMGS Jerry Bish. Upon speaking to this…

MI: Cuffs and Collars Issue 24

DISTRICT 1CO Jason Niemi discovered an unpaid campsite at the Cedar River Campground. While waiting for the camper to show up, he observed a slow-moving vehicle enter the campground that was operating in an odd manner. He contacted and arrested the driver for driving while intoxicated. The subject was in possession of drug paraphernalia and admitted to having been smoking…

Ohio Cuffs

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1• Knox County Wildlife Officer Mike Miller reports that on the second day of the duck season, while patrolling Knox Lake Wildlife Area, he observed a man and two juveniles hunting waterfowl after hours. Miller watched the man and the two juveniles shooting one half hour after shooting time and failing to retrieve waterfowl. He…

Minnesota Cuffs

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) prepared for and worked the opening weekend of firearms deer season in Roseau, Kittson, and Marshall counties. Enforcement action was taken for hunting deer over bait, shooting from the roadway, and leaving a blind on WMA overnight.CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) worked with CO Pilot Murray for the firearms deer season opener. One…

Wisconsin Cuffs

District 11 — Peshtigo areaWarden Dave Oginski Jr., of Wausaukee, worked littering, ATVers, and bear hunting in Pembine in September. He also investigated an illegal bear bait in Pembine. The site was covered with tires and had two stands and a trail camera. He removed the stands and camera and left his card.Warden Oginski and Michigan Conservation Officer Niemi worked…