Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – December 4, 2020

DISTRICT 1 Conservation Officer (CO) Ethen Mapes responded to a complaint about shots fired after dark near Ewen in Ontonagon County. After conducting interviews and tracking a blood trail, CO Mapes was able to gain a confession from an individual, who was also a felon. The individual admitted to shooting a deer that was standing under a yard light from…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 20, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Shannon Kritz received a tip that somebody was continuously blocking access to state property. CO Kritz went to the location, walked down the road beyond the blockage, and discovered that it led to a hunting blind with no name or address on it. CO Kritz placed a trail camera to monitor the area and to see if…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 6, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Jared Ferguson was patrolling Dickinson County when he observed two kayakers on a local river system fishing. CO Ferguson contacted the two individuals and found both subjects did not have personal floating devices (PFDs). During the contact, one individual was questioning why he should have a PFD on a kayak. At that moment he flipped his kayak…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 23, 2020

DISTRICT 1 COs Ethen Mapes and Zach Painter were on patrol in Ontonagon County and stopped a large group of ORVs. While talking with the operators, several signs of intoxication were observed with one subject. Standard field sobriety tests (SFSTs) were given to the subject and he was arrested for operating while intoxicated (OWI). COs Shannon Kritz and Jeff Dell…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – August 14, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO John Kamps responded to the scene of a forest fire and assisted the fire officers in developing a suspect. The CO went to the suspect’s house for an interview and was unable to contact the suspect. During that visit, CO Kamps observed a 4-point deer rack along the front walkway of the suspect’s house. The deer had…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 31, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Jenni Hanson was contacted by an Ontonagon County resident regarding a nuisance bear that had ripped the screen and entered her screened porch. CO Hanson set a bear trap and within 24 hours caught the problem bear. Before releasing to the wild, the bear was evaluated by a DNR wildlife biologist. While at a boat launch in…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 17, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Zach Painter responded to a complaint of gunshots followed by bullets traveling near a residence in Gogebic County. CO Painter talked with the complainant and identified a direction from which the gunshots came. CO Painter contacted a family that had just moved to the area and learned that the two teenage boys had been shooting their guns…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 3, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Byron Parks was off duty when he received a burning complaint on a day burning was prohibited. CO Parks responded to the complaint and upon arrival, he could see a large burn pile with a tree burning on top. CO Parks contacted the owner of the home and asked whether he checked to see if burn permits…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 19, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Zach Painter was on patrol in Gogebic County and responded to an officer calling for backup on a Department of Health and Human Safety assist. While assisting, CO Painter was shown a pet grey squirrel in a cage by one of the children in the home. CO Painter asked the child how he got the squirrel and…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 5, 2020

 DISTRICT 1 CO Jenni Hanson received a complaint regarding potentially orphaned bear cubs in Ontonagon County. CO Hanson located the cubs but saw no sign of a sow nearby. After monitoring for a few weeks, it was determined the cubs were indeed orphaned. CO Hanson and DNR wildlife biologist Brad Johnson captured the cubs and transported them to a local…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 22, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Jeffrey Dell received a complaint from a subject whose residence and vehicle had been struck by a bullet. CO Dell was able to determine the bullet had originated from a neighboring property. CO Dell contacted the owner of the neighboring property and observed several targets that were in the direction of the victim’s residence. Also observed was…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 8, 2020

DISTRICT 1 COs Jared Ferguson and Jeff Dell combined efforts to serve an individual who shot two 8-point antlered deer in the 2019 rifle firearm season. CO Dell was able to track the subject down at his place of residence and serve him his misdemeanor warrants. While on patrol in southern Iron County, Corporal (Cpl.) Dave Painter and CO Anna…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 24, 2020

DISTRICT 1 Conservation Officer (CO) John Kamps responded from his residence to a personal injury vehicle crash. It was reported that the individual rolled the vehicle and was unconscious in the vehicle. CO Kamps arrived on scene to find a single passenger unconscious seated at the wheel. CO Kamps was able to get the driver back to consciousness and provide…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 27, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Cody Smith was on patrol when a call came in for a snowmobile personal injury accident near Covington Township involving a high rate of speed, severe injuries, and trees. Smith expedited toward Covington as location and injury details were given by dispatch. Upon arrival to the area, Smith jumped on the back of a snowmobile and was…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 13, 2020

DISTRICT 1 COs Brian Lasanen, Ethen Mapes and Dave Miller conducted several sound meter patrols in the west-end of the Upper Peninsula over the last couple of weeks. The COs contacted many snowmobiles and cited seven for being over the 88-decibel limit. Other violations addressed included failure/improper display of registration and failure to attach trail permit. COs Zachary Painter and…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Feb. 28, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Shannon Kritz and Sgt. Brian Bacon were on snowmobile patrol when they observed a single snowmobile track leading into a remote lake in Dickinson County. The COs contacted two anglers and noticed several largemouth bass laying on the ice near their ice fishing holes. Initially, the anglers denied catching the bass and blamed it on a separate…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Feb. 14, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Shannon Kritz received a Report All Poaching (RAP) complaint from a subject who found a deceased deer on his property. Kritz arrived at the complaint location and found that the blood trail from the deceased deer led back to a neighboring property. While patrolling the area, Kritz and the complainant located a new, fresh blood trail that…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Jan. 31, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Ariel Young was out patrolling the lakes within her county when she stopped and checked some ice anglers on Hamilton Lake. Upon pulling into the parking lot, it was noted that there was a large group of people talking and then quickly dispersing and heading back to their shanties. Young made contact with the individuals and found…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Jan. 17, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Josh Boudreaux followed up on a trespass complaint in Marquette Township. Suspects were reportedly hunting on the complainant’s property and drove their ORV around multiple “No Trespassing” signs to retrieve their deer. Boudreaux followed the drag marks over a mile to the kill site which was well onto private property. During the interview, suspects stated they didn’t…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Jan. 3, 2020

DISTRICT 1 CO Josh Boudreaux responded to a complaint of a loaded firearm being left near a residence in Sands Township. The property owner, who has two children who regularly play outside, discovered the firearm while walking near his driveway and suspected that it was his neighbor’s who accesses the nearby state land through his property. Upon following up with…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Dec. 20, 2019

DISTRICT 1 CO Cody Smith received a complaint of an individual tracking a wounded deer on private property. A vehicle description and license plate were given by the complainant and the plate returned to a suspect in L’Anse. Both Smith and CO Dave Miller headed toward the suspect’s residence. Miller located the vehicle on the road and made a traffic…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Dec. 6, 2019

DISTRICT 1 CO Dave Miller received a complaint about a deer being shot at night next to a residence within the village of L’Anse. The next morning, Miller received information that the deer was taken to the suspect’s camp for processing. Miller responded to the camp and located a gut pile, rib cage, hide and the neck of the deer…