Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 25, 2022

DISTRICT 1 COs Phil Helminen and Jared Ferguson investigated the illegal taking of a 10-point deer in Dickinson County. The COs interviewed the suspects involved who claimed that the deer was shot in another part of the county by a person with a valid tag. The COs served search warrants to gather evidence. It was determined the deer was shot…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 11, 2022

DISTRICT 1 CO Byron Parks was patrolling Houghton County when a call came over dispatch of an autistic 20-year-old who had been missing for approximately four hours. The subject was enrolled in the Project Lifesaver program that provides people who are at a higher risk of disappearing a locator wrist band that sends off a signal. CO Parks assisted the…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 28, 2022

DISTRICT 1 COs Brian Lasanen, Byron Parks and Sgt. Marc Pomroy investigated a complaint of a group of bear hunters who were trespassing. The suspects were identified, and multiple interviews were conducted. It was determined that a large bear was shot by an unlicensed hunter while the group was trespassing. A warrant request will be submitted for the licensing violations…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 14, 2022

DISTRICT 1 CO Phil Helminen investigated a complaint from the Report All Poaching (RAP) Center of waterfowl being taken out of season in Iron County. CO Helminen contacted a witness and collected the waterfowl that had been shot. COs Helminen and Alex VanWagner went to the suspect’s residence and interviewed him about the incident. The suspect admitted to shooting waterfowl…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – September 30, 2022

DISTRICT 1 Conservation Officers (COs) Phil Helminen and Alex VanWagner participated with wardens from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in a National Law Enforcement Night Out event. Law enforcement agencies from Dickinson, Florence, and Marinette counties participated in the event. The COs stationed an archery range, where they demonstrated archery safety and instructed kids on shooting. CO Alex VanWagner…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – September 16, 2022

DISTRICT 1 CO Phil Helminen assisted the Iron Mountain Police Department with a suspect who was involved in an assault and had barricaded himself inside of a camper behind a residence. It was initially reported the suspect had assaulted a female and was inside of the camper with a gun. The suspect opened the door and displayed a knife several…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – September 2, 2022

DISTRICT 1 Conservation Officer (CO) Brian Lasanen was on patrol in Houghton County when he observed a vehicle veer off the road and into the grass before continuing back onto the roadway. CO Lasanen was able to get a radar reading of 77 miles per hour (mph) on the vehicle. A traffic stop was made and while talking with the…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – August 19, 2022

DISTRICT 1 Conservation Officer (CO) Jenni Hanson was dispatched to a call of two lost juveniles in the 18,300-acre Sylvania Wilderness. While out hiking, the two Wisconsin teenagers had lost the trail and became stranded in the woods. CO Hanson was able to contact the individuals via cell phone to acquire their exact location. CO Hanson, along with a Gogebic…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – August 4, 2022

DISTRICT 1 No new reports DISTRICT 2 COs Todd Sumbera, Mike Olesen, Justin Vinson, Brandon Maki, Sergeant (Sgt.) Calvin Smith, and PCOs Jacob Daniel and Mark Reffitt held a hunter safety class and field day in Sault Ste Marie. All participants successfully passed the course. COs Mike Olesen and Sgt. Calvin Smith teamed up with the U.S. Coast Guard for…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 22, 2022

DISTRICT 1 CO Alex VanWagner, along with an Iron County deputy and a Michigan State Police (MSP) trooper, responded to an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) crash. Dispatch advised that subject had crashed and had a possible broken leg, chest pain, and difficulty breathing. The subject was transported to the hospital by emergency medical services (EMS) and the incident was turned over…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 8, 2022

DISTRICT 1 CO Jenni Hanson assisted the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department with the call of an assault. A neighbor dispute turned physical when one neighbor charged another, grabbed the subject by her hair, and slammed her face into the ground. The parties were separated, and a report is being submitted to the prosecutor’s office. CO Jenni Hanson was a guest…

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…