District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) executed a search warrant to recover an illegally taken bear. An over limit of Canadian crappies was found while assisting US Customs at the Port of Entry. Assistance was given to a Youth Waterfowl Hunting Clinic in Baudette.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) reports checking early goose hunters. Some geese have been tough to hunt as they are staying close to big water. Officer Prachar, along with Officer Huener, taught waterfowl hunting and safety skills at the first annual Lake of the Woods Youth Waterfowl Hunting Safety Day. Angling enforcement was worked on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) monitored bear hunting activity and patrolled ATV trails in the area. One individual on an ATV attempted to flee when signaled to stop by the officer for not displaying ATV registration. He attempted to leave the roadway and drive through the ditch into the field. Unfortunately for him he chose a poor area to flee, as he could not get enough momentum to get up the outside slope of the ditch, spinning in the soft soil on multiple attempts where he almost rolled the machine. The contact resulted in his arrest for felony fleeing and DWI, and the seizure of his machine pending criminal forfeiture. Other enforcement action for the week included ATV helmet and registration violations, litter, no sign on bear bait, and transport loaded firearm in motor vehicle.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working AIS Enforcement, ATV activity, checking early season goose hunters and bear hunters throughout the week. Time was spent checking anglers on special regulation lakes and monitoring the harvest of wild rice. A TIP call was investigated for possible over-limit of sunfish and crappie. Enforcement action was taken for over-limit of sunfish and wanton waste. Violations encountered throughout the week included bear baiting/hunting violations, ATV violations and ATV registration violations.
CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck #2) reports working waterfowl, big game, angling, AIS, and ATV enforcement this week. Follow up interviews were conducted for a possible illegal bear that was taken. Bear and goose hunters were checked. Enforcement actions for the week included, several waterfowl stamp violations, a drain plug violation, and ATV registration violations. Fishing remains slow on Upper Red Lake, hopefully the upcoming cooler weather will turn the bite back on.
CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette #2) focused primarily on bear hunting/baiting enforcement. Follow-up was completed on potentially illegal bear baiting and hunting activity. Time was also spent on a work detail in the BWCA with CO Williams and CO Tetrault. Officers focused on angling and boat and water safety enforcement. Violations encountered included unregistered bear bait, unsigned bear bait, hunt bear without license, no angling license in possession, and no watercraft registration displayed.
Warroad #2 – vacant.
Karlstad – vacant.
Thief River Falls #2 – vacant.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports checking early goose hunters this week. Time was also spent contacting anglers and watercraft operators. AIS enforcement was also worked. Various animal related complaints were taken care of.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked AIS efforts, assisted other agencies along with checking early goose and bear hunters. Fall angling and hunting questions have increased.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked waterfowl hunters and bear hunters. He also assisted at a qualification shoot for Region 1 wildlife personnel.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) worked goose and bear hunting activity in the area. Migrant geese have started to work into the area. Officer Vollbrecht worked AIS enforcement and responded to a call regarding an injured eagle. The eagle was later transported to the U of M Raptor Center.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji #2) worked bear hunting, ATV activity, and goose hunting during the week. Time was also spent checking AIS compliance and working at Camp Ripley. The officer handled nuisance bear complaints and monitored boat and water safety in the area. Violations encountered included angling license and watercraft registration violations.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) and his trainee conducted AIS enforcement at local landings with very good compliance. Not a lot of fish were seen, but by the end of the week the bite appeared to be picking up some. Youth waterfowl day was worked with few hunters seen and very little shooting heard. Some goose hunters were also checked, but few geese were seen. Enforcement action was taken for no waterfowl stamp and no helmet worn by a juvenile on an ATV.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports time was spent working fishermen and early goose hunters. A few youth were out for waterfowl youth day and were finding some success. Time was also spent working aquatic plant and shoreline issues. A work party was assisted with working the Red River.
CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling and boating activity. Anglers reported varying success. Follow up continued on aquatic vegetation violations. Areas were patrolled for ATV and off road vehicle activity. Goose hunting activity was worked with few hunters and birds located. A call of a vicious fisher in Frazee was received; upon arrival the fisher had left the area. A call of possible taking over limit was received with an investigation ongoing. Bear hunting areas were monitored and AIS inspections were performed.
CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring angling, youth waterfowl, early goose, dove, AIS, ATV, and boat and water safety. Calls from the public included questions about crossbow permit qualifications, deer licensing options, and a call from an individual wondering what to do with a fox he caught. The officer advised to return the fox to the wild. Anglers are finding fish tough to come by, but with the nice fall weather nobody seemed to care that the fishing was slow. Several youngsters were checked on the youth waterfowl day with all of them having decent success with mallards and teal in the bag. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license in possession.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) worked primarily checking fishermen, boaters, and dove and goose hunters. Additional time was spent preparing equipment for the upcoming duck season and handling questions from the public about deer season.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) worked area bear hunters and checked goose hunters. Injured wildlife calls were handled and fishing activity was monitored.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) checked fishermen, boaters, goose hunters, dove hunters and worked AIS enforcement. Additional time was spent on nuisance beaver complaints/high water. Computer work was completed along with handling numerous questions related to the upcoming deer season.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) attended training in Alexandria with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Officer Osborne answered calls in regards to the early goose season, youth waterfowl day, Lake Christina, and injured animals. Station equipment was maintained and office work was completed.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) worked early goose hunting activity throughout the week with limited success shown. Some fishermen were checked as well targeting both walleyes and muskies. An angler fishing on a remote lake was found leaving the water with an over-limit of both northern pike and crappie. Officer Lawler observed him catch three northern pike, then take them out of his live well and give them to another boat on the water who wasn’t having much luck. He continued to catch and keep more pike not knowing he had exceeded his daily limit. The illegal fish were seized and enforcement action was taken. Another firearm safety class was completed with volunteer instructors exceeding expectations once again.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to check hunting activity this week including early goose, dove, and youth waterfowl. Fishing, boating, and AIS activity remains steady on and around area waterways, and additional time was spent working ATV traffic and patrolling Lake Carlos State Park and area WMAs/WPAs. Hunting, fishing, and shoreline alteration calls and complaints were responded to and investigated, and assistance was provided to local law enforcement agencies.
CO Steve Chihak (Wheaton) spent the week working sport fishing, youth waterfowl, early goose hunting, and ATV enforcement. The most common violations encountered were hunting without a special goose permit and unplugged shotguns. Requests from the public seeking information were returned. Minnow transportation permits were issued.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused work checking dove/goose hunters, fishermen, boaters and AIS enforcement. A few more boaters and anglers were out this week with the early fall weather moving in. Fish appear to be biting better as well. Assistance was given to the Pope County Sheriff’s Office looking for a suspect who fled from police on foot into a wooded area. The suspect gave up later that night. Questions from the public were answered regarding deer season, antlerless permit questions, and waterfowl hunting regulations.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) continued with field training a new officer. Enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, boaters, dove and goose hunters. Assistance was given to the Pope County Sheriff’s Office on a medical call and a search for a person who fled from a deputy.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) took complaints of nuisance bears and of a person being a nuisance to bear hunters (harassing bear hunters). Commercial enforcement was worked and aquatic plant violations were investigated.
CO Eric Sullivan (Walker) observed large numbers of muskie anglers on Leech due to an upcoming muskie tournament. CO Sullivan attended results meeting and anglers reported catching 80+ muskies in the three day event. CO Sullivan continued to check bear hunters and baiting activity. CO Sullivan made contact with a hunter who was in the wrong zone and was entering bait sites incorrectly. CO Sullivan also assisted CO Mathy with checking anglers on Winnibigosh.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked anglers, boaters, bear hunters, and goose hunters. The perch bite has been good and the walleye bite slow. Enforcement action was taken for angling and boating violations.
CO Chelsey Best (Remer) worked the youth duck opener, some had success and others were warned for a few minor violations. Fishing, ATV, goose hunting and wild rice activities were monitored throughout the week. A littering case was started and two bear guiding cases were wrapped up (enforcement action will be taken for unregistered baits and extra signs at bait sites). Enforcement action during the week was taken for expired ATV registration, highway operation, unregistered bear baits, and unplugged shotgun.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring ATV, angling, boating, early goose hunting and bear hunting activity. Anglers and hunters reported poor success this week. CO Broughten followed up on old cases. CO Broughten also assisted local law enforcement with a call of a self-inflicted gunshot. Enforcement action included ATV passenger under 18 without a helmet, fail to remove drain plug from watercraft, operate ATV with too many passengers, fail to display ATV registration, and no ATV safety certificate.
CO Colleen Adam (Rec Specialist) checked state, GIA trails, and renegade/user developed trails. Officer Adam also worked with local club on issues of washouts in the road right of way and checked bear hunting activity and litter complaints.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (Int’l Falls) reports working fishing activity on Rainy Lake and Rainy River, early goose hunters, bear hunters and ATV’ers. Officer Kittelson spent the day with Wall of Shame TIP trailer at Minnesota Deer Hunters Association Trails End Chapter Youth Day. Several nuisance animal calls were handled along with answering questions about deer hunting.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports working on beaver complaints and monitoring area forest roads and public access sites. Season equipment transition has begun. Fishing activities continue to be monitored.
CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked bear hunters and anglers this past week. Bear hunters did well but fishing continues to be slow with the exception of muskie fishing. Those anglers are seeing more fish than earlier in the summer. Officer Velsvaag also followed up on several calls about litter and abandoned equipment.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) continued working bear hunters this week and enforcement was taken on illegal baits. Many questions were answered about the various upcoming hunting seasons. An investigation is ongoing on a trespassing complaint with possible damage to property. The officer also took enforcement action on a number of ATV violations.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked early goose season hunters, bear hunters, invasive species enforcement, ATV’s, and the state park. The officer is working a littering case that also involves big game. Enforcement action consisted of goose hunting violations and included unplugged shotgun, possess toxic shot, unsigned federal duck stamp, no HIP certification, and unregistered ATV.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) continued to check bear hunting and more violations of unregistered bear baits being found; the main excuse is they didn’t know they needed to be registered. A meeting was attended on the upcoming Hoyt Lakes City deer hunt. Calls were received about problem beavers and many calls and questions on the upcoming deer season.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) patrolled area fields checking few early season goose hunters. Most goose hunters report little success. Bear hunters were checked and those who have not taken a bear already state they are seeing bears on their trail cams but just have not been at the right spot at the right time. Issues with bear baits are being investigated. Questions were answered about youth waterfowl day.
Ray – vacant.
International Falls #2 – vacant.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) spent the week patrolling in the BWCA around Lake Agnes. The boundary waters had a lot of activity and fishing reports were generally good, with most people checked reporting a lot of northern pike and bass success. Violations included fail to display canoe registration, and fishing without a license in possession.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt/Ely) worked primarily ATV, angling, and bear hunting enforcement. A couple instances of wild rice harvesters harvesting well after legal hours were encountered. Enforcement action included harvest rice during closed hours, no ricing license, no angling license, cans in the BWCA, litter, unregistered ATV, unregistered canoe, small amount of marijuana, and no license in possession. The officer has been seeing very few grouse, although duck numbers appear to be up in the area.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and boating activity this week. Bear hunters were checked as well. CO Schottenbauer also worked on some equipment maintenance.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked bear hunters and ATV riders. Overall success so far has been great for the bear hunters. Time was also spent on angling and boating enforcement.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) continued to work bear season and ATV enforcement activity. Hunters continue to see bears and overall harvest seems up from previous years. A youth ATV class was held in Two Harbors certifying 20 new youth riders over the weekend. A youth Firearms safety course will start in Two Harbors on September 19th.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked bear hunters and anglers, handled nuisance wildlife calls, issued beaver permits, enforced AIS laws, and patrolled for illegal ATV activity. Enforcement action taken for unregistered bear baits, operate OHM on a public roadway, and fail to display OHM registration.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, watercraft, ATV’s state parks and campgrounds. He also worked bear hunters during the week.
CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) – spent the week monitoring angling, bear hunting, waterfowl, and ATV activities. The weekend opened with youth waterfowl day and the officer encountered several kids eager to tell their morning hunt stories. Bear hunters continue to see success even with the acorns starting to fall. CO Van Asch also assisted local law enforcement agencies with a suicidal subject. Enforcement action was taken for no Type IV throwable PFD, no angling license, angling with extra lines, failure to register bear baits, and use of non-biodegradable bait.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked bear hunting activity over the past week with hunter success very good. CO Sutherland took enforcement action for angling without a license. CO Sutherland also gave law talks at two firearms safety classes and assisted the county with a barricaded individual.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) and COC continue to focus on bear hunting. Hunters are having success in most cases this season. Enforcement action was taken for baiting violations. Assistance was provided to Itasca County Sheriff’s office. Youth waterfowl hunting activity, AIS, goose hunting activity, and ATV’s were also checked. Violations included fail to display ATV registration, unregistered ATV, and fail to drain water related equipment.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth East) continued to work bear hunting season. Several hunters were contacted in the field with most reporting their baits being visited, but mostly during night time hours. A possible hunter harassment continues to be worked and follow-up on a dumping complaint was completed. Officer Duncan observed a couple happy kids during youth waterfowl day. Fishing and ATV enforcement was also worked. Time was also spent answering and returning several calls throughout the week.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) checked area bear and goose hunters for compliance. CO Humphrey assisted Lt. Speldrich with a bear hunting investigation that resulted in multiple charges and seizures. Patrols into the FDL state forest and Sawyer WMA were conducted. Calls and complaints continued to come in about upcoming hunting seasons, youth licensing, nuisance animals, ricing, trespass, and wetlands. Violations for bear baiting, miscellaneous waterfowl, litter, burning and OHV operation were encountered.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) issued permits for car killed bear and deer. A complaint of hunting geese over bait was investigated and unfounded. Fishing and recreation vehicle activity was worked in the area. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines, no license in possession, illegal operation, equipment and registration violations. Bear hunters were found to be very successful in the area.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and ATVs and a few hunters out getting ready for next week’s opener. A report of a road-hit bald eagle was checked and parking issues handled at a local public access. Follow-up was completed on commercial violations. Enforcement action taken for angling and boating violations.
Lake Superior Unit – vacant.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd 2) patrolled ATV trails this week. Heavy rain storms hit in the area and the officer checked the trails for hazards and damage. Officer Guida received a complaint from a bear hunter about another bear hunter tampering with his bear bait. An investigation has started.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) station reports that he worked on fishing enforcement this past week. The anglers are out and the fall bite is picking up. He checked bear hunters and the report of bear activity was good. AIS concerns were reported by DNR inspectors. He received a complaint of a youth duck hunter leaving infested water without pulling the plug on their boat. He worked on goose hunting enforcement and a tip of afterhours shooting. He checked boats after sunset and found navigation light violations. He also found violations of PWCs operating after hours and no wake violations. Nuisance bear complaints are not slowing down. He received new complaints of bear in the City of Baxter, Pillager, Lake Shore and Brainerd. Area farmers report significant damage to cornfields by bear. One local farmer reported as many as ten bear in one corn field.
CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, aquatic invasive species, ATV, and bear enforcement.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked fishermen, ATV’s and wild rice activity. Officer Hunter checked bear hunters and bait stations. CO Hunter received information of boats operating faster than the no-wake speed in a no-wake zone on the Fish Hook River.
CO Lee (Crosslake) and the COC investigated a beaver dam removal complaint on Greer Lake. Time was spent investigating a possible wetland violation in Ross Lake Township. Contact was made with an OHM for violations in the Emily area. Several bear bait locations were also checked. Time was spent assisting Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office on a missing six year old in the Cuyuna area. Officer Lee and COC also assisted Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office on an out of control male waving a sword at deputies.
Cuyuna SRA – vacant.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports continued Step 2 FTO with COC. Officers continued to check bear hunters throughout the Malmo station during the week. ATV activity was monitored on state and county lands and many outdoor law related questions were fielded. A call regarding two dogs chasing deer was investigated and several areas in a WMA were patrolled for hunting activity. Officers also checked out a possible deer bait and documented items that were there. A call of an injured eagle was also taken during the week.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) spent the week following up on bear baiting/hunting investigations and ATV violations. Violations detected included motorized travel in a WMA, non-biodegradable materials in a bait and off trail travel in a limited class state forest. She also spent time training with the LEMA Honor Guard.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) handled several calls regarding nuisance beaver, bear bait issues, WMA issues, and wild rice issues. CO Starr worked night boating activity and found lack of running lights to be common. Boaters should be reminded that sunset is a time listed in the fishing regulations book, not when the sun disappears. CO Starr also monitored the walleye closure on Mille Lacs Lake.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) and a Conservation Officer Candidate patrolled area ATV trails and dealt with violations that included unregistered machines, operating without required equipment and operating in restricted areas. A taxidermist inspection was completed and several nuisance animal calls were taken. The Conservation Officers and the State Patrol dealt with a traffic stop where a sleeping passenger was identified and confirmed as having an arrest warrant. The sound sleeping passenger was awakened, arrested for the felony warrant and found in possession of controlled substances.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked a few early goose hunters having some luck on local birds yet. Duck numbers were fairly slim around the area for youth opener. A complaint of calf injured by a wolf was investigated. It was determined to be coyote after a federal trapper played a barking coyote tape for the complainant and had coyote answer the caller. A sick raccoon was dispatched and two shooting complaints were also investigated.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week monitoring angling and goose hunting activity in the station. Some wild rice harvesters were checked over the holiday as were several goose hunters. Both groups were found to be having some success. Time was also spent armoring the division’s shotguns.
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) checked a possible WCA violation complaint. Angling, watercraft, hunting, and OHV activities were checked. Open cases were worked on. A nuisance beaver permit was issued.
CO Mike Krauel (St. Cloud) spent the week checking goose hunters and checking anglers. CO Krauel also worked on a hunter harassment complaint. CO Krauel also had the opportunity to attend the Rice Sportsman’s Club meeting with a neighboring officer and discuss hunting and fishing regulations. Enforcement action for the week included no angling license, hunter harassment, warrant arrest, and angling with an extra line.
CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers this week. CO Mies and COC checked goose and dove hunters. Officer Mies and COC checked ATVs and dirt bikes and worked on complaints.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) checked a shore angler that was seen driving to the area, but when checked the angler did not have a valid driver’s license as they were revoked. The angler stated they thought it had been all taken care of and that he had a valid license even though they handed CO Kuske a MN ID card. CO Kuske assisted the sheriff’s department on a call of a fight near an ATV trail and spoke at the Kinship Firearms Safety class.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked the youth waterfowl day, goose hunters, dove hunters, anglers and boaters. All youth checked got some shooting in and a few were able to bag some ducks. Time was spent working lake shore issues and AIS enforcement at various boat accesses. An injured eagle was rescued and transported to the U of M Raptor Center.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling, boating and waterfowl hunters this week. The officer fielded questions concerning youth waterfowl day. The officer also followed up on an APM violation.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) completed scheduled duty day assignment during which time CO Kuske received a few inquiries with general DNR questions. CO Kuske provided an informational talk at the Rice Sportsman Club meeting.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Phil Mohs (Center City) worked hunting, fishing and ATV activity. Officer Mohs attended and spoke at a youth ATV Safety Class. Several youth waterfowl hunters were checked. Many had harvested their first duck or goose. Enforcement action was taken for possessing toxic shot while hunting migratory birds, unsigned federal stamps, insufficient life jackets in a duck boat, and numerous ATV violations.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked hunters during the week. Time was directed towards waterfowl enforcement and ATV patrol. Goose hunters had some success with the early goose season. Youth waterfowl season was a success with many youth showing up in several area water holes. Enforcement action was taken on no federal waterfowl stamp and take ducks in a closed season.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fisherman and early goose hunters. He followed up and interviewed suspects on a dumping in the Sand Dunes State Forest; summons will be issued. Officer Sladek also checked the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge on a shooting complaint.
CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) worked with other local government agencies on wetland and public waters violations, and nuisance beaver issues. Local lakes were patrolled, goose hunters were seen having good success, and bear baits were checked. Officer Londgren also assisted with a Becoming an Outdoors Woman event over the weekend.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) checked goose hunter, dove hunters, anglers, and youth waterfowl hunters this week. Some dove hunters have been having some success in the early morning and late afternoon when the dove head to and from their roosting areas. The goose hunters with the traditional good fields have been also doing well. It was nice to see the Youth Waterfowl Hunters out on Youth Day. Many of them getting a lot of shooting in and several were seen with their limits. Most of the ducks in the area are mallards, blue wing teal, and wood ducks. Some ring-necks, gadwalls and ruddy ducks were harvested in the area also.
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked hunters and anglers. Several animal calls were received. A WMA issue was investigated and ATV’s were worked.
Princeton – vacant.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) spent most of the week following-up on aquatic invasive species violations. Enforcement action was taken for transportation of aquatic macrophytes and zebra mussels. Investigation continues into a TIP call regarding hunting in a no hunting zone. A citizen reported a deer stand being put up before the season on a Scientific and Natural Area. A horse owner in Carver County discovered scratches and cuts on one of her three horses, leading her to believe the horse got attacked by a cougar or bear. Pictures were sent to a wildlife specialist and it was more likely that the horse was spooked by the recent storms and scratched herself on fencing or tree branches.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) checked hunters and anglers in Waconia station and Bloomington station. He responded to a report of a human foot inside a shoe at Fort Snelling State Park that later turned out to be a shoe filled with mud and an alarm alert at Fort Snelling State Park’s Main office that was accidently set off by an employee. He conducted interviews and completed cases of vehicle driven on off-limit trail and bear hunting law violations.
CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) spent the week checking anglers, goose hunters and mourning dove hunters. Officer Leuthardt investigated a possible poached fawn and also followed up on various other calls.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking fishermen and following up with complaints. Officer Grewe dealt with an injured loon complaint and trumpeter swan found deceased.
Bloomington – vacant.
Ft. Snelling – vacant.
Osseo – vacant
Waconia – vacant.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) worked the youth waterfowl day. Goose and dove hunters were checked throughout the week. CO Pril investigated a litter complaint on state land and a possible bear registration violation in his patrol area. He responded and investigated a waterfowl shooting complaint in Scott County. CO Pril also answered calls regarding injured and nuisance animal complaints and assisted with the wall of shame TIP trailer.
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent the week checking dove and goose hunters around the area. He also monitored anglers with some fish seen. Enforcement action for the week included angling with extra line and angling without a license.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) reports spending time checking goose hunters and patrolling the St Croix River. CO Arntzen also fielded calls about waterfowl hunting, nuisance animals and trespassing issues. Violations for the week included insufficient PFD’s, angling without a license, registration, and possession of drugs and paraphernalia.
CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) continued to work with a COC. The officers spent time patrolling area lakes for fishermen; the most common violations were no fishing license and no license in possession. Time was also spent patrolling area WMA’s. The officers dealt with goose hunters who had several violations including no federal or state stamp, unplugged shotguns, hunting within 100 yards of surface water in Carlos Avery WMA, no small game license or HIP certification, and one of the hunters was in possession of nine illegally taken geese. The officers also dealt with a subject attempting to shine for deer. When contact was made with the subject, it was discovered that he had a loaded and uncased firearm in the vehicle and had a felony warrant. The officers took the subject into custody without incident.
White Bear Lake – vacant.
Metro Officer – vacant.
Maplewood – vacant.
Eagan – vacant.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) worked the youth waterfowl day and continued dove and goose hunting enforcement. All youth hunters checked were having success with several birds in the bag for each hunter. ATV violations were also encountered during the week with enforcement action being taken for allowing illegal operation of a Class 2 ATV.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) checked goose and dove hunters. Like most years, very few doves were seen after the first week of hunting. Fall fishing is picking up with limits of crappie and walleye observed.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports the Youth Waterfowl Day was busy with a lot of happy young hunters. One young lady who is on her local high school trap team was able to put her practice to good use and bag a limit of teal. Most of the ducks harvested during the youth hunt were blue wing teal. Fall fishing success for perch and walleye is starting to pick up on a few area lakes. Assistance was also given with a firearm safety on-line field day in Tracy.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored AIS, boating, fishing, and off-highway vehicle activity during the week. Dove and goose hunters were also checked. The youth waterfowl hunt was also monitored with some very happy young hunters checked. Angling violations were encountered.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) spent the week working dove and early goose hunters. Officer Gutzwiller assisted the Upper Sioux Community with an injured bald eagle. Time was also spent answering fish and game questions at the Lac Qui Parle county fair. Enforcement action was taken for license issues, operating an ATV in a WMA and target shooting on a WMA. An investigation of trespassing and theft was also conducted.
Lake Benton – vacant.
Benson – vacant.
Worthington – vacant.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar-West) checked anglers and boaters. He educated lake users about AIS laws. Officer Denz also issued a nuisance beaver permit.
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar-East) focused on goose hunting and angling activity. He answered questions regarding waterfowl resting areas and motorboat use during the waterfowl seasons. Officer Vernier also answered questions regarding crossbows, deer bag limits, and trespass. Time was also spent on a litter complaint.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) checked goose hunters in the area along with anglers during the week. Time was spent following up on a report of a dead swan floating in a pond. Officer Klehr also spent time talking about the rules and regulations of hunting with a firearm safety class at the Darwin Rod and Gun Club and assisted with patrol of the Stillwater bridge construction no- wake zone.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson-West) checked early goose and dove hunters during the week. She worked the youth duck hunting day and saw a couple kids with limits of ducks. She spoke at two FAS classes. Officer Mueller, along with neighboring officers, attended the Ducks Unlimited banquet in Hutchinson.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson-East) reports a busy week of migratory waterfowl enforcement with his COC. The officers participated in a Ducks Unlimited banquet where they provided rules and regulations booklets to banquet participants. Officers spent time on Lake Waconia on Labor Day where they encountered multiple boats with no fishing license in possession and PFD violations. The officers also focused their efforts throughout the week on goose hunters. Violations encountered included no license in possession, unplugged shotguns, toxic lead shot in possession, no state or federal waterfowl stamps, no small game license, no early fall goose permit, and taking migratory waterfowl with the aid of bait.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) investigated a complaint of pheasants shot out of season. He also assisted local sheriff’s deputies with warrant arrests. Officer Nelson also spent time working goose and dove hunting, angling, boating, invasive species, ATV, and state park enforcement activities.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) spent the week fielding numerous calls related to the ongoing and upcoming hunting seasons. Numerous hunters were found to be in violation of the controlled hunting area laws at the Talcot Lake WMA. Hunters are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the area and laws prior to partaking in hunting/fishing activity there.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) reports that he worked boat and water safety, sport fishing, dove season and early goose season. He assisted the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department with two animal complaints; one involving a coyote and one a raccoon.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) performed site inspections on possible lakeshore violations. Anglers and boaters were checked. ATV use areas were monitored. WMA, WPA and public accesses were patrolled.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato #1) focused on fishing, goose hunting, and boating activity. Officer VanThuyne also worked with neighboring officers for added enforcement on the dove opener. The officer also answered questions as part of the DNR’s Information Booth at the State Fair.
CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) checked anglers, boaters, and migratory bird hunters this week. Area outdoors enthusiasts are busy transitioning from “summer” to “fall” activities.
CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked angling, boating, and ATV enforcement this week. Time was spent monitoring public access sites for AIS violations. A district training was attended.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato 2) attended an ATV safety class this past week. The officer spent time checking anglers, early goose hunters, and answered calls pertaining to the upcoming fall hunting seasons.
CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) spent the majority of his time this week focusing on migratory bird hunting, and fishing activity. CO Henke reports he also attended a district meeting. CO Henke took enforcement action this week on many early goose hunting violations that he located including, hunting over bait, hunting within 500ft of residence, and license and plug violations. CO Henke answered and returned many calls with questions about upcoming hunting seasons.
CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers, boaters, waterfowl hunters, and ATV operators. Additional time was spent monitoring public water accesses for AIS compliance. CO Ihnen also assisted other area officers with a youth trap shooting event.
C.O. Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked mourning dove hunters, goose hunters, and youth duck hunters. Anglers, boaters, AIS activity, and ATV operators were also checked during the week. Multiple waterfowl hunting violations were encountered. The officer assisted at the MN Pheasant’s Inc. of Steele County Youth Trap Shoot held at the Owatonna Gun Club.
Spring Valley – Vacant
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking goose hunters in the area. Success was good. Cool weather kept hunters in the fields; compliance was high. Time was also spent checking ATV’s. With the recent rains the trails were muddy and folks were enjoying the mud. Violations encountered were subjects under 18 without helmets and fail to display registration. CO Boyum was contacted to certify ginseng. Upon meeting the subjects the ginseng roots they brought in were actually Jack in the pulpit roots.
CO Trent Seamans (Rochester 2) spent the majority of the week patrolling for boat/water safety and sport fishing enforcement. Additional efforts were put towards invasive species and waterfowl enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, having an unplugged shotgun, and failing to display valid watercraft registration.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports some goose hunting success and good pan fish fishing. He inspected a falconry facility prepared equipment for the upcoming duck season. Officer Hemker also attended two firearms safety classes.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working another busy week on the Mississippi River and Lake Pepin. Fishing has been pretty solid throughout the week despite the rising water. The early goose hunting activity has slowed down but the folks that are out are still killing a few birds. Lots of calls and activity regarding the upcoming fall hunting season along with several investigations were also addressed.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers and hunters during the week. Kids had a great time for the youth waterfowl day with plenty of wood ducks in the area. Officer Heyn also attended meetings and an ATV safety class.
Zumbrota – vacant.
LaCrescent – vacant.
Red Wing – vacant.