Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 24, 2022

DISTRICT 1 CO Brian Lasanen worked a patrol in Keweenaw County related to smelting activity. CO Lasanen discovered the river did not hold many smelt but was full of walleyes attempting to spawn. CO Lasanen watched three subjects dipping for smelt and observed two of the subjects return to their truck. They retrieved a tackle box and a garbage bag…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 10, 2022

DISTRICT 1 CO Zach Painter and Probationary Conservation Officer (PCO) Joshua Salas, while on patrol in Gogebic County, responded to a report of a vehicle stuck on a rural road near Marenisco. The COs located the vehicle and two subjects inside who stated they had been stuck for approximately two hours after attempting to find a waterfall in the area….

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 27, 2022

DISTRICT 1 COs Phil Helminen, Jared Ferguson, and PCOs Josh Salas and Jacob Daniel were observing fishing activity during the spring walleye runs in the Menominee River. CO Helminen and PCO Salas observed a group of anglers catching walleyes and placing them on shore. The COs observed one individual take a walleye back to their vehicle and then return to…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 13, 2022

DISTRICT 1 CO Alex VanWagner followed up on a prior complaint regarding a collapsed ice shanty, which was left out on a lake in Iron County for multiple weeks. The subject previously stated the shanty was left out there after the Free Fishing Weekend. The CO recontacted the subject and the shanty was now sunk in and frozen in the…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 15, 2022

DISTRICT 1 Conservation officers (COs) Shannon Kritz and Jeremy Sergey represented the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Law Enforcement Division at a career fair held at the National Guard Armory in Ishpeming where they spoke to military service men and women about the conservation officer career. COs Phil Helminen and Jared Ferguson were checking anglers ice fishing in Dickinson County….

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 1, 2022

DISTRICT 1 Conservation Officer Zach Painter was on patrol in Gogebic County and conducted a traffic stop on a motor vehicle. Immediately upon contact with the operator of the vehicle, CO Painter observed several signs of intoxication. CO Painter conducted standard field sobriety tests (SFSTs) on the operator. The operator was placed under arrest for operating while intoxicated (OWI) with…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 18, 2022

DISTRICT 1 COs Alex VanWagner and Phil Helminen observed a permanent ice shanty on a lake in Iron County with five tip-ups surrounding it. The COs approached the shanty and there was only one angler in it. The subject admitted all five tip-ups were his, and he was issued a citation for fishing with too many lines. CO Anna Viau…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 4, 2022

DISTRICT 1 CO Alex VanWagner checked a body of water in Iron County while working ice fishing activity. While approaching the access site, CO VanWagner observed two subjects fishing near the access site with multiple tip-ups. While walking out to contact the subjects, one of them pulled a line up but there were still seven lines out. The subject who…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – February 18, 2022

DISTRICT 1 COs John Kamps and Jeremy Sergey responded to a complaint of an individual who had an untagged deer laying on his front porch. The COs arrived at the residence to find the suspect fully dressed in hunting gear and preparing to go out hunting. The COs observed an untagged 10-pointer laying on the front porch covered in snow….

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – February 4, 2022

District 1 COs Zach Painter and Alex VanWagner contacted a hunter coming out of the woods who had previous violations at his hunting blind. There was also a gut pile located near the blind. While interviewing the hunter, his story about who harvested the deer kept changing, and he admitted there were two bucks back at the camp, an 8-point…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – January 21, 2022

DISTRICT 1 COs Ethen Mapes and Zach Painter checked deer at two different meat processors in Ontonagon County and found two APR (Antler Point Restrictions) violations, tag sharing/tag lending violations, as well as a license that had been bought after the hunter had shot his deer. COs Mapes and Painter have started interviews and have gained confessions on three illegal…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – January 7, 2022

DISTRICT 1 Conservation Officer (CO) Ethen Mapes and Probationary Conservation Officer (PCO) Alex VanWagner were on patrol in Ontonagon County when they observed a running vehicle parked on an off-trail vehicle (ORV) trail with its hazard lights on. Upon contact with the vehicle, all four occupants were found to be intoxicated. The driver was arrested for operating a motor vehicle…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – December 17, 2021

DISTRICT 1 COs Cody Smith, Dave Miller, and John Kamps conducted a small game patrol using a grouse decoy. The COs interacted with many hunters throughout the day. Many positive checks and several violations including three violations for possession of loaded/ uncased firearms upon a motor vehicle were observed as well as violations of the hunter orange requirement. These violations…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – December 3, 2021

DISTRICT 1 CO Ethen Mapes responded to a search and rescue in the Porcupine Mountains after a hiker signaled for help. The Porcupine Mountains State Park rescue boat was used to transport first responders, park rangers, and CO Mapes to a location on the shoreline of Lake Superior. Rescuers hiked into the subject, who had suffered a heart attack, and…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 19, 2021

DISTRICT 1 CO Zach Painter, while working a complaint late at night in Gogebic County, had an unrelated vehicle pull up, stop, and roll down their window to talk. CO Painter spoke to the operator of the vehicle, who said he was just out driving around trying to clear his head. While talking with the subject, CO Painter noticed several…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 5, 2021

DISTRICT 1 • No new reports DISTRICT 2 • No new reports DISTRICT 3 • CO Tim Rosochacki responded to an ORV crash in Cheboygan County. A subject was operating an ORV without working brakes when he crested a hill and realized the trail suddenly ended. In attempting to make an evasive maneuver, the subject fell off the ORV and…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 22, 2021

DISTRICT 1 Conservation Officer Anna Viau was heading to a southern Iron County Lake for marine patrol when she came across a sport utility vehicle (SUV) on the side of the road with its flashers on. Upon checking the vehicle, she discovered all the front airbags had gone off, but the vehicle was empty. After advising dispatch of the situation,…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 8, 2021

DISTRICT 1 COs Ethen Mapes and Byron Parks responded to an ORV accident, which occurred on private property. Once on scene, COs Mapes and Parks were led to two individuals lying on the ground in the bottom of a ravine. One subject suffered a broken leg and the other complained of lower back pain. Both subjects had to be carried…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – September 24, 2021

DISTRICT 1 COs Jared Ferguson, Anna Viau, Cody Smith, PCO Alex VanWagner, and Sergeant (Sgt.) Brian Bacon responded to a report of a missing 21-year-old male near the Net River in Iron County. The Iron County Sheriff’s Office requested help in locating the missing subject after his vehicle was found submerged in the river the previous day with no occupants….

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – September 10, 2021

DISTRICT 1 CO Jenni Hanson received a video of two local men illegally operating vehicles in a river. The subjects posted the videos on their Snapchat. After completing her preliminary investigation, CO Hanson contacted and interviewed both suspects. Ultimately, they admitted to camping illegally, cutting down trees, littering, and operating their jeeps in the Montreal River. Charges are being sought…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – August 27, 2021

DISTRICT 1 Conservation Officer (CO) Zach Painter was working a marine patrol on Lake Gogebic. CO Painter observed a boat operating well after sunset that was not displaying navigation lights. CO Painter stopped the boat and noticed several signs of intoxication with the operator. Standard field sobriety tests (SFSTs) were given to the operator. The subject was placed under arrest…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – August 13, 2021

DISTRICT 1 COs Zach Painter and Ethen Mapes were on patrol in Ontonagon County when a “be on the lookout” call was received for a subject and the vehicle he was driving. The subject was reported to be causing a scene at a local grocery store and appeared to be very intoxicated. The COs located the vehicle a short while…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 30, 2021

DISTRICT 1 COs Byron Parks and Brian Lasanen were patrolling Keweenaw County when an in-progress report all poaching (RAP) complaint was called in regarding subjects snagging fish at Otter River Dam in Houghton County. The COs were about 50 miles from the complaint but decided to make their way towards the Otter River Dam. About an hour later, the COs…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 16, 2021

DISTRICT 1 COs Ethen Mapes and Zach Painter were investigating a poaching complaint in Bergland when a vehicle entered the parking lot of the boat launch at a high rate of speed. The driver sped through the parking lot, coming to a screeching stop just before the gate to the fishing pier. The driver honked the horn for approximately 30…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 2, 2021

DISTRICT 1 Conservation Officer Ethen Mapes responded to a medical call involving an elderly female whose oxygen machine had quit working. Upon arrival, the subject was having difficulty breathing. The subject pointed CO Mapes to a closet with an oxygen tank inside. CO Mapes retrieved the oxygen tank and was able to get the subject’s breathing back to normal. CO…