Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars

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…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 18, 2021

DISTRICT 1 CO Jenni Hanson responded to assist with a search and rescue in the Porcupine Mountains State Park. An elderly female failed to check out of her hotel room, and her vehicle was located at the state park. Officers involved contacted the family who advised they had not heard from her in two days. CO Hanson, along with a…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 4, 2021

DISTRICT 1 CO Shannon Kritz was on patrol when she noticed a vehicle parked near a closed trout stream. CO Kritz walked along the stream and observed a subject fishing in the stream. CO Kritz approached the subject and asked if he was aware the stream was closed. The angler gave CO Kritz a variety of excuses including that he…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 21, 2021

DISTRICT 1 CO Shannon Kritz responded to a complaint of a grass fire that was spreading toward houses. CO Kritz assisted in evacuating nearby houses until the fire was under control.  Once the fire was controlled, CO Kritz returned to the residence where the fire originally started. The investigation revealed that the fire was started when two children (10 and…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 7, 2021

DISTRICT 1 CO Jared Ferguson was traveling south on M-95 when he encountered a motor vehicle traveling 95 mph in a posted 55 miles per hour zone. CO Ferguson was able to stop the vehicle and contact the driver. CO Ferguson asked the driver why he continued at a high rate of speed and didn’t slow down after seeing the…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 23, 2021

DISTRICT 1 CO Byron Parks was traveling on M 38 when he approached a bridge. There was a vehicle parked on the side of the bridge. CO Parks knew that this part of the Firesteel River was closed to fishing. As CO Parks walked down towards the river, he could see two subjects holding fishing poles. The two subjects began…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 9, 2021

DISTRICT 1 CO Ethen Mapes was patrolling an intersection near the Porcupine Mountains ski hill when he observed a snowmobile fail to stop at a stop sign before crossing a road. CO Mapes attempted to stop the snowmobiler but was unable to get around the subject until after they had run through yet another intersection. Upon contacting the rider, CO…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 26, 2021

DISTRICT 1 Conservation Officer (CO) Brian Lasanen was patrolling a closed multi-use state trail when he contacted the operator of a snow bike and a group of other snowmobiles operating on the closed trail. CO Lasanen noticed the bike and another snowmobile did not have a valid trail permit showing. When questioned about this, one of the riders stated he…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 12, 2021

DISTRICT 1 CO Jared Ferguson received multiple complaints from a property owner regarding ORVs going around his gate and past his no trespassing signs in western Dickinson County. CO Ferguson continued to patrol the area frequently and eventually ran into an ORV on the individual’s property. The operator said that he had been taking the trail for years and nobody…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – February 26, 2021

DISTRICT 1 COs Zach Painter and Ethen Mapes conducted an after-dark patrol on Lake Gogebic. The COs observed several tip-ups with no one around them and multiple flags up on the lighted tip-ups.  The COs waited nearby to see if anyone would check the tip-ups. After a half hour of waiting with no activity at the tip-ups, the COs followed…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – January 29, 2021

DISTRICT 1 CO Jared Ferguson was in northern Dickinson County when he was waved down by a civilian in a motor vehicle.  The citizen was concerned over a bear that he thought was sick and needed to be put down. CO Ferguson explained that the bear was lethargic because his hibernation was interrupted, most likely due to the logging operation…