Conservation officers

DNR conservation officer dies in line of duty

A Minnesota DNR conservation officer has died in the line of duty following an incident Friday, April 19, on Cross Lake in Pine City. CO Eugene Wynn, who patrolled the Pine City station, and a deputy with the Pine County Sheriff’s Office were responding to a report of a possible body in the water. The two officers launched Wynn’s boat…

DNR’s newest conservation officers set to hit the field

Conservation Officer Jacqueline Hughes checks a deer hunter’s license. (Minnesota DNR) They’ve saved a hunter’s life, helped remove a deer running wild through the basement of a home and taught firearms safety classes. They’ve busted poachers, had lunch with kids and learned the ins and outs of natural resources law enforcement. Since their training began in May, the Minnesota DNR’s…

DNR honors Phil George as Conservation Officer of the Year

Conservation Officer Phil George was awarded Conservation Officer of the Year. (Minnesota DNR photos)Minnesota DNR Conservation Officer Phil George was recently honored as the 2018 DNR Conservation Officer of the Year, an annual award given to an officer who’s recognized as a leader among natural resource enforcement peers. Enforcement Division Director Rodmen Smith presented the award to George in January…

Bill would restrict Wisconsin wardens on private property

MADISON, Wis. — Two Wisconsin lawmakers urged a committee this week to restrict the authority of conservation wardens who enter private property, a proposal stemming from the conviction of a farmer who got into a wrestling match with wardens he said he thought were trespassing. The state Supreme Court ruled that Robert Stietz deserves a new trial in his 2012…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — Jan. 20, 2017

District 1 – Baudette area CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) worked angling and snowmobiling enforcement during the week. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines and possession of fillets on Lake of the Woods. CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) continued to monitor area outdoor activities. The local sheriff’s office was assisted with a domestic disturbance, and an incidentally…