Cuffs & Collars

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…

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…

Michigan Cuffs

DISTRICT 1CO Dennis Gast responded to a complaint of a bear cub being shot by a hunter. He arrived, seized the cub and ticketed the hunter.CO Dennis Gast stopped a vehicle carrying two subjects who were goose hunting with .22-caliber rifles, had no licenses, and a loaded gun in the vehicle. The subjects were arrested.CO Brett Gustafson responded to a…

Minnesota Cuffs and Collars – Issue 44

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) investigated a dead swan found on Roseau River WMA and an eagle that had been shot near Wannaska. Anyone with information on these two incidents is urged to call the TIP hotline at (800) 652-9093. CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) provided assistance to DNR Forestry on a wildfire investigation.CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) provided…

Wisconsin Cuffs and Collars

District 1 – Ashland areaWarden Brad Biser, of Brule, investigated a an illegal bear bait that resulted in a citation being issued to the subject.Warden John Windt, of Hurley, assisted warden Mackenzie with a bear-guiding complaint resulting in citations being issued for guiding and baiting without a license.Warden Windt assisted DNR wildlife with the tagging of a female wolf that…

Michigan Cuffs

DISTRICT 1CO Marvin Gerlach responded to a complaint from a subject who claimed to have lured a wolf into a dog kennel. The CO’s follow-up investigation revealed it to be an ordinary dog, at which point it was released to the owner.CO Trey Luce responded to a complaint about a subject who had illegally shot a 9-point buck near the…

Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – Issue 22

NORTHWEST REGIONCrawford County WCO Mario L. Piccirilli reports that on the first day of archery season he picked up a road-killed, nine-point buck with a massive rack and body weight of 260 pounds in the Harmonsburg area that was hit at 12:30 a.m. by a pickup truck. “The buck would have made a great trophy for any archer with a…

Wisconsin Cuffs

District 10 — Wautoma areaWarden Mike Young, of Shiocton, contacted a boater exceeding the speed limit in a no-wake area and operating at night without lights. The operator was arrested for boating OWI.Warden Jeff Knorr, of Fremont, assisted Winnebago County with a two-boat collision on the Wolf River. It was a near head-on collision, but no major injuries occurred. One…

Pennsylvania Cuffs and Collars – Issue 21

NORTHWEST REGIONCrawford County WCO Mario L. Piccirilli reports that, while conducting a black bear presentation, he was surprised at the number of black bear sightings reported by the individuals in the audience. “The Pymatuning area is composed of major swamps and black bears are finding a home here,” he said.Crawford County WCO Mario L. Piccirilli reports that the Ducks Unlimited…

Ohio Cuffs

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1• During the Fourth of July weekend, Logan County Wildlife Officer Adam Smith and Champaign County Wildlife Officer Jeff Tipton were on patrol on Indian Lake in a boat. They were leaving the state campground when they noticed two men swimming outside of the buoys at the campground beach. They noticed that one of the…

Minnesota Cuffs

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) saw an encouraging start to the regular waterfowl season. Hunters on Thief Lake and Roseau River WMAs had good success with both ducks and geese. Enforcement action was for failing to attempt to retrieve migratory waterfowl.CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) worked the waterfowl opener with Lt. Znajda. Time was spent at…

Illionis Cuffs

Region I A District 1 CPO received a complaint from a  person who said his neighbor was shooting at geese. The CPO responded to the area and located a dead goose in the water. The goose was retrieved and seized as evidence. The CPO spoke with the suspects and the neighbor confessed to shooting “at the geese” to scare them away…

Michigan Cuffs

DISTRICT 1CO Jason Wicklund assisted local Wisconsin wardens working the bear-dog training season along the border. Several groups were contacted, and one person was ticketed for running bears without a license.CO Brian Bacon is investigating a complaint of a pickup truck stuck in the Groveland Mine state land complex. The operator went around posted signs in berms and became stuck…

Minnesota Cuffs

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) testified in court regarding an angling case and attended a regional meeting at Itasca State Park. CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) followed up on wildlife complaints, checked small-game hunters, and checked waterfowl hunters. Numerous bear hunters were still trying to harvest a bear. CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) attended a regional…

Pennsylvania Cuffs

NORTHWEST REGIONCrawford County WCO Mario L. Piccirilli reports seeing a doe last year in the area of Pymatuning Lake with her front left hoof totally missing. “While on patrol in early September, I was relating the story to Deputy WCO John Reuschlein as we were patrolling through the same area,” he said. “As if on cue, the same doe without…

Illinois Cuffs & Collars – Issue 19

Region IA CPO cited a fisherman for possessing a short walleye on the Mississippi River.A District 7 CPO assisted Ontario conservation officer by serving summons to four Fulton County residents for possession of an over-limit of walleyes and making false statements to an officer. All four subjects are to appear in court in Ontario this fall.A sergeant and CPOs went…

Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – Issue 18

NORTHWEST REGIONErie County WCO Larry M. Smith said nearly 80 youngsters participated in the Erie County Youth Field Day hosted by the Gem City Outdoorsmen.Erie County WCO Darin L. Clark has been attempting to trap and tag bears to meet the biological survey needs. “So far, all I have to show for my efforts is one large raccoon,” he said.Forest…

Michigan Cuffs and Collars – Issue 18

DISTRICT 1CO Marv Gerlach worked a complaint of ORVers disregarding signed berms and operating through a creek in Menominee County. While watching the creek, CO Gerlach observed two dirt bikes and a four-wheeler go around the barricade and drive through the creek. When contacted, the operators stated they thought the berm and signs were for “trucks only.” Enforcement action was…

Ohio Cuffs

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored black bear, goose and sandhill crane hunting activities. Several cranes were seen in the bag and hunters have already reported how delicious Minnesota cranes are to eat.CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) conducted an evening patrol on the Rainy River and Lake of the Woods. Enforcement action taken for insufficient PFDs and operating…

Illinois Cuffs and Collars – Issue 18

Region IA District 7 CPO completed a permit fraud assignment from the permit section in Springfield. A Fulton County subject was cited for providing false information to obtain free property-only deer hunting permits. The subject had been living away from home for multiple years, and was using his parent’s address to receive free permits even though he did not permanently…

Ohio Cuffs

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1• While working a sport fishing enforcement project in Franklin County, Fayette County Wildlife Officer John Coffman and Pickaway County Wildlife Officer Ken Bebout made contact with an individual fishing at Greenlawn dam. The individual, using a stick as a fishing pole, admitted he did not have a current fishing license. A check revealed the…

Michigan Cuffs & Collars – Issue 18

DISTRICT 1CO Brian Bacon is investigating a complaint regarding illegal wood cutting on state land in Dickinson County. Numerous live trees have been cut, with a roadway created for access.CO Grant Emery responded to a complaint of about a large bear getting into a landowner’s chicken house. The bear destroyed the fencing and the chicken house and killed several chickens….

Wisconsin Cuffs

District 1 – Ashland areaWarden Matt Mackenzie, of Ashland, issued a citation for illegal minnow trapping.Warden Brad Biser, of Brule, investigated a report of boating-related injury on Minnisuing Lake.Warden Biser and deputy warden Kevin Feind investigated a complaint about a bear illegally killed near a subject’s residence; charges are pending.Warden Lance Burns, of Gordon, assisted the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department…

Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – Issue 17

NORTHWEST REGION WCO Crawford County WCO Mario L. Piccirilli cited an individual for possessing a fawn taken from the wild. The individual was bringing the fawn into his home at night with his other animals, he said. Individuals observed the fawn in a kennel hidden behind his garage and reported it to the Game Commission. Crawford County WCO Mario L….

Ohio Cuffs & Collars – Issue 17

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • On a warm and humid July evening, wildlife officer Steve Harvey was working sport fish enforcement at Alum Creek Reservoir. Harvey stopped at a popular fishing access when he saw a man fishing in a small cove. He checked the fisherman’s license and then saw he had a nine-inch line on his bucket…

MN Cuffs

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) attended a tracking class at Norris Camp along with other local, state, and federal agencies.CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) monitored area experimental regulation lakes and lake accesses for invasive species violations. He investigated two nuisance bear complaints involving damage to crops. Officer Backer also investigated a panfish overlimit complaint and monitored area state…