Fishing Regulation Changes on Big Winnie?

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From the DNR:

Lake Winnibigoshish fishing regulations to be discussed

Anglers who fish for walleye on Lake Winnibigoshish and connected waters will have an opportunity to discuss proposed regulations that would narrow the protected slot and allow for the potential of increased harvest.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting two open-house style public meetings to allow for discussion.

Meetings will be held:

  • Monday, Oct. 20, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Minnesota Interagency Fire Center Training Room, 402 SE 11th St., Grand Rapids.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Bug-O-Nay-Gee-Shig School, 15353 Silver Eagle Drive NW, Bena.

Buy-Our-PicsThe proposed walleye regulation is a 18- to 23-inch protected slot with a daily and possession limit of six fish.

DNR fisheries staff will answer questions and take comments about whether to continue or modify the regulation.

Both meetings will begin with a short presentation describing the changes in the walleye fishery since implementing the current protected slot limit of 17- to 26-inches, which began in 2000. The presentation will also include information on the new regulation option being considered.

“The status of the walleye population at Winnie is very good and there is a surplus of fish that anglers can harvest with little risk to the long-term health of the fishery,” said Chris Kavanaugh, DNR area fisheries supervisor in Grand Rapids.

The current protected slot limit of 17-to 26-inches has resulted in increased angler catch rates, as well increases in the number of spawning walleye and the frequency of good year classes.  While there are no signs of the population being out of balance, goals have been met or exceeded and the data show the fishery can support additional harvest.

Public input on special regulations is an important part of the process,” Kavanaugh said. “We want to hear from anglers whether they support the proposed change, or not, and listen to their concerns so we can make an informed decision regarding any changes.”

Comments may be submitted directly to the DNR area fisheries office, 1201 East Highway 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744 or by email to chris.kavanaugh@state.mn.us. Written comments accepted until Saturday, Nov. 1.

 

Waterfowl Opener Forecast

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From the DNR

Good waterfowl opener expected this weekend

When Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season opens one-half hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 27, hunting is likely to be good, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

“The number of breeding ducks this spring was very high based on the continental duck breeding population surveys,” said Steve Cordts, DNR waterfowl specialist. “In addition, recruitment, or the number of young ducks that hatched, was also good this year based on reports we’ve heard. These young ducks comprise a large percentage of duck hunters’ bags during the fall.”

standabovetherest300x250Wetland conditions were favorable and the total continental breeding population of all ducks combined was more than 49 million ducks, which is 8 percent above last year and 43 percent above long-term averages, Cordts said. However, duck numbers can fluctuate widely at this time of year for a variety of reasons.

“Some species like blue-winged teal and wood ducks are very early migrants and many move south even before the season opens, which is normal,” Cordts said. “But many other species like ring-necked ducks and mallards will continue to increase in number as migrants move down from Canada during the season.”

Canada goose hunting should also be good early in the regular waterfowl season.

“Large numbers of Canada geese move into the state in mid- to late September. These were nonbreeding geese from Minnesota that moved to northern Canada during the summer to molt their flight feathers. These geese are new arrivals to Minnesota and provide good Canada goose hunting opportunity early in the season,” Cordts said.

Waterfowl habitat conditions are generally good statewide with much higher water levels than last year at this time.

The DNR will post a weekly waterfowl migration report each week during the duck season. The reports are typically posted on Thursday at www.dnr.state.mn.us/hunting/waterfowl.

“If you haven’t been duck hunting in a few years, this may be a good year to get back out in the marsh,” Cordts said. “Hunter numbers have been very low compared to historic averages.”

Last fall, about 90,000 state waterfowl stamps were sold, which is similar to recent years but considerably lower than the 1970s, when 140,000 waterfowl stamps were sold.

The duck season structure is similar to recent years except for an adjustment in the duck season dates in the south duck zone only. In the south duck zone, the season opens for a three-day period from Sept. 27 through Monday, Sept. 29. The season is closed until it reopens Saturday, Oct. 11 and runs through Saturday, Dec. 6.

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“5 Questions” With Ted Dick about grouse hunting

Ruffed Grouse

Ruffed Grouse

 

1) You had to be encouraged by the spring drumming counts.  Where are we at on the grouse cycle?

TD: “We were encouraged…I remember back in 2009 and 2010we were looking at some peak hunting.  2009 was probably the top so then it’s been on the decline for 2010, 11, 12 and 13, but now in 14 we did see a 34% increase at that was driven mostly by the increase in the heart of the grouse range in the north and northeast.  It remains to be seen if it will continue to trend up.”

2) Explain what the cycle is:

TD: “…for some period of time,  (they seem to) go through fairly regular cycles of high populations and low populations.  With ruffed grouse it’s approximately every ten years.  Lately the year numbers in the 8 and 9 range have been the ones with the highest population.  Like ’98 or 2009.  Once they reach one of those highs, they tend to decline for a little while and it takes about 10 years for numbers to come back up.  It looks like a roller coaster.

3) Why is their a cycle?

TD: “No one knows for sure.  Might have to do with predation or it might have to do with aspen as a primary food source- The trees responding with chemical changes in the buds that the grouse eat in the winter making them less nutritious or less palatable.  Goshawks or other predator’s cycles they experience prey populations up north (to drop), they move down here in larger than normal numbers and feed on some of the prey species down here.”

4) What are the limits for the different grouse species?

TD: “Ruffed grouse and spruce grouse are combined into one limit, so if you shoot one spruce grouse, you can shoot 4 more ruffed grouse for a daily limit of 5, with a possession limit of 10.   With sharp tails, there are fewer of them around, it’s tougher to maintain those we’re a little more conservative.  It’s 3 a day with 6 in possession for sharp-tailed grouse.  There’s two open zones (for sharp-tailed grouse), the east-central zone is over closer to Cloquet and the northwest zone is north and west of Bemidji and Baudette…there are some remnant populations further south and their doing what they can to improve habitat…” (but they’ve closed those areas.  Check the regulations for maps.)

5) What size shot should be used and where should someone go for ruffed grouse?

TD: “Grouse flush very quickly and with the leaves on so you want to maximize your chances to make contact.  Shot sizes in the small range like 7 1/2, 8’s or even 9’s-they’re small pellets, but you have a better chance of getting one through to make contact and it doesn’t take a lot of pellets to knock down a grouse.  If you see some thick stuff, it could willow, alder or aspen-any kind of regeneration, it works pretty well.  But they’re found in their highest density where there’s a lot of aspen.  They like some old aspen next to some young aspen.   They seek the young, thick aspen when they’re rearing their broods and they like to nest in older aspen.  In the winter, they use the bigger, older aspen trees to pick buds.”

 

Thanks Ted!  Have a good, safe opening weekend!

FROM AROUND THE STATE: Weekly Game and Fish Violations

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District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored bear baiting activity and checked anglers on Lake of the Woods. Enforcement action was taken for an illegal length walleye.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) continued to conduct field training with a Conservation Officer Candidate (COC). They monitored ATV use, local boating, angling and bear baiting. Calls for service responded to included questions on the upcoming archery deer season, an injured bird, questions on regulations concerning shooting in a recreational area and assisting a local enforcement agency with a case pertaining to shining small game while in possession of a rifle within the city limits. CO Woinarowicz and the COC patrolled the Bronson State Park and received complaints of unregistered watercraft. Enforcement action for the week included angle with an extra line, bait bear with prohibited materials, untagged bear stand in a WMA and littering.,

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) monitored bear baiting activity, worked special boating safety projects and monitored angler activity on Upper Red Lakes and special regulation lakes throughout the week. Time was spent working with the USDA on an investigation of a lake service provider. Enforcement action for the week included multiple violations of angling with an extra line and PFD violations.

Baudette #1 -vacant.

Baudette #2 -vacant.

Blackduck #2 – vacant.

Karlstad – vacant.

Thief River Falls #2 – vacant.

Warroad #1 – vacant.

Warroad #2 – vacant.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) assisted forestry with a wildfire arson case. Time was also spent checking anglers, ATV operators, and watercraft operators. A complaint regarding two swans that were found dead was also checked. Violations encountered included various boat and water violations, no angling licenses, and take/possess fish over limit.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked ATVs, AIS, bear baiting/hunting, and inspected a possible wetland drain along with another unlawful culvert. Several boaters were found to have left lifejackets drying on the shore or in other boats though they had them this spring. Some anglers thought it was too late into the summer to buy a fishing license so they would save money by just not purchasing one. They were wrong.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers, boaters and bear hunters.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) worked a boat and water detail with CO Holt on Bemidji area lakes over the busy Labor Day weekend. Anglers are reporting mixed success with a variety of fish being caught and musky activity improving. During the boat and water detail CO Holt and CO Vollbrecht observed an individual catch a 49 inch musky on 6 pound test line. COs assisted the anglers with unhooking the fish and took pictures of the angler with his catch before the fish was released. Always come prepared with a camera, you never know when you are going to catch that big one. Time was spent monitoring ATV activity on closed trails and checking bear bait stations.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked angling, bear baiting and ATV activity. A lot of muskie anglers were out but only a few were successful. A possible wetlands violation was received and investigated. Time was spent working in Itasca State Park. Violations encountered during the week included boat and water safety as well as angling license violations.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports conducting commercial inspections on minnow and ginseng dealers, AIS inspections at area access and patrolling for boating safety violation. Dove opener saw little pressure.  Enforcement action was taken for failing to report ginseng dealer reports, unplugged shotgun and no angling license in possession.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) responded to a report of two dead bucks on a minimum maintenance forest road. The bucks appeared to have been killed by being run over by a vehicle. Suspects are unknown at this time and information is welcome. CO Peterson checked anglers, boaters and monitored bear baiting activity. He also attended training at Camp Ripley and assisted Wadena County SO with underage consumption and miscellaneous conflicts in Nimrod.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking fishermen, boaters and looking for dove hunters on the opener. Few dove hunters were found. Boating and fishing activity was still high over the holiday weekend even though the weather was not the best. Time was also spent following up on shoreline and aquatic vegetation removal complaints. Of interest, a boat was checked over the weekend with one party in the boat saying they were not fishing. Upon returning through the area the person was then observed fishing. Upon asking for a fishing license it was found the party was from out state and did not have a fishing license. They thought it was safe to fish because the CO probably had left the lake. Lesson learned.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) finished an investigation of possible illegal removal of aquatic vegetation. Angling and boating activity were worked on area waters. CO Warren spent time monitoring bear baiting activity. Area trails were patrolled for ATV activity. Violations found included boat registrations, no PFDs, no fire extinguisher, angling licenses, improper weed roller usage and allowing juvenile to operate watercraft without boating safety permit.

 

WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week focusing efforts on AIS law compliance, open WCA cases, and PW violations. Time was also spent monitoring the removal of boats and other water equipment from area lakes for the season. Boating safety compliance checks were also conducted on area lakes. Several fishermen were checked. Fishing reports varied.

Moorhead – vacant.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) concentrated on boating safety over Labor Day Weekend.  Various violations were found, although overall compliance was excellent. Dove hunters were checked on the opener with limited harvest reported.   

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) continues field training with a COC. The officers worked boat and water extensively as well as fishing enforcement. AIS checks were completed, a wetland complaint investigated, and aquatic vegetation complaints were handled. Violations encountered were no fishing license in possession, insufficient number of PFDs on boat, no type IV throwable PFD, failure to have fire extinguisher on boat, over limit of northern pike, and fishing without a license.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused enforcement efforts checking fishermen and working Boat and Water Safety and AIS enforcement. Nelson worked on several waters cases with a DNR Hydrologist. Firearms safety class preparations were handled with supplies delivered to local instructors. Additional time was spent at training in Marshall and handling several questions regarding the upcoming deer seasons. An individual was cited for transporting his boat with aquatic vegetation wrapped up in the motors prop.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked boaters, fishermen, ATVs and OHMs. The officer attended firearms training in Marshall with other officers from the district. Questions about the early goose season, waterfowl season boating laws and bear season were received and responded to. AIS time was worked during the holiday weekend.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports heavy boating and fishing activity over the holiday weekend with violations including expired watercraft registration, no PFDs onboard watercraft, and no fishing license. One angler was contacted with a muskie in his live well; the only problem was that it measured 17 inches too short to keep. Lawler cited this same person in June for illegally selling minnows he had trapped. Small game and ATV activity were also monitored.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued working fishing, boating, and AIS enforcement. Special boat and water safety details were worked over the weekend and follow up was completed on open investigations. Scouting was completed for upcoming hunting seasons and several days were spent instructing Division officers at fall use of force training sessions

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on AIS, ATV, and boat and water safety. COs Anderson and Baumbarger worked boating safety patrols on Lake Minnewaska this holiday weekend as well as AIS enforcement. The COs are unfortunately beginning to receive more complaints about zebra mussels attached to water related equipment and aquatic vegetation in Lake Minnewaska. Minnow transportation permits were issued as well as mandatory training attended in Marshall. Calls were fielded regarding wetland drainage laws and several questions were answered about upcoming deer seasons.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking ATV operators, fishermen, boaters, and monitoring AIS compliance. Additional time was spent on water appropriation, answering questions about upcoming hunting seasons, nuisance animal calls, and equipment maintenance. COs Baumbarger and Anderson worked a busy Sunday on Lake Minnewaska checking boaters and PWC operators.  Mandatory training was attended in the Marshall area.

Wheaton – vacant.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked anglers, ATVs, boaters and bear hunters. Officer Hunter received a call of a woman and her son getting hit with BB’s from their neighbors who were shooting trap. CO Hunter checked on campers that were reported to be living in the forest.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) worked on bear baits, and also checked on a litter complaint of goose carcasses dumped in a road ditch. AIS enforcement and boat and water activity were worked as well. He received firearms training.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on sport fishing, boating, AIS, bear bait and ORV activity. Nothing unusual to report. Received a call regarding a concern about an osprey nest, the matter was referred to non-game; received a call wondering if perch needed a patch of skin left on them; received a call regarding wild rice harvest regulations; received a call regarding angling license requirements for nonresident youth; received a call regarding a dead woodpecker the caller was referred to non-game.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) continued field training with a COC. Time was spent on Cass Lake and Leech Lake working boat and water safety. Few violations were found and overall compliance was good. Anglers are still reporting a slow walleye bite but some say that the muskie activity is picking up. Time was spent checking bear baits and preparing for the upcoming bear season to open. Mathy and the COC received a tip from a concerned citizen about a possible deer poaching incident and followed up on it. An issue of selling walleye was discovered and investigation followed.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling, boating, ATV, and bear baiting activity. CO Broughten worked the Labor Day weekend where numerous ATV and OHM violations were encountered. The most common excuse being, “I don’t know the rules.” CO Broughten stopped several ATVs being operated illegally by young girls. The officer asked the girls if there was an adult that could pick them up. Their reply was, no they’re all drunk. Angling success was moderate across the Longville lakes area. A large amount of boating activity was observed on the lakes but cooler weather hindered activity.  CO Broughten also investigated an aquatic plant violation. Enforcement action included no angling license in possession, no navigation lights on watercraft after sunset, no fire extinguisher, no type IV PFD, operate class 1 ATV on public highway, ATV passenger under 18 without a helmet, allow illegal operation of an OHM by a juvenile, operate OHM within public road right of way, and destroy aquatic plants without permit.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked boaters, ATVs, OHMs, bear hunters and fishermen.  An AIS road check was held in the Lincoln Lakes area. Contacts were made for no lights on boats, no registration on OHM’s and no helmets for juveniles on ATVs. The highlight for the weekend was, a young man (10-12 yrs. old), who is blind, caught a 21inch small mouth that his dad is going to mount for him. A priceless smile on his face.

CO Colleen Adam (ATV REC) patrolled state forests and OHV trail systems. Officer continues investigations on ATV cross country travel in state forests. Assisted officers at AIS checkpoint and Boat & Water projects.

WREO Shane Siltala attended an AIS workshop in Alexandria in order to educate counties on the implementation of an AIS prevention program. He also attended a meeting in reference to public water and aquatic plant violations. Local SWCD personnel were met with to discuss ongoing WCA issues. Time was spent with boat and water enforcement and checking anglers on local lakes. Enforcement action for the week included angling with no license in possession.

Remer – vacant.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring angling and boating activities. Area forest roads were checked as were public access sites. Computer work, administrative tasks, and equipment work rounded out the week.

CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports monitoring various outdoor activities throughout the week. Bear baits were checked to make sure they were properly marked and no illegal bait was present. Fishing remains quite slow with bass and panfish being the most active. Questions related to the various hunting seasons were handled.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, boaters, OHVs, invasive species enforcement, taught the CO portion of a Firearms Safety Field Day, and spent significant time checking compliance with bear baiting and the bear hunting opener. Enforcement action was taken on angling without a license, and a number of bear baiting, boating, OHM, and invasive species violations.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent time patrolling for ATV and OHM activity. The most common violations are operating OHM on the road and parents allowing illegal operation of the OHM by their children. Area lakes were patrolled. Despite poor Labor Day weather high number of anglers and boaters were still seen out. Lighting and equipment violations were common. Wild rice enthusiasts are not hopeful about this year’s crop in the Virginia area.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) checked bear baiting throughout the week and spoke to some of the hunters who stated so far baits are being hit. Checked out a bear cub that was found dead in the woods. It is believed the cause of death was due to being hit on the road. A possible trespass issue was also looked into. Fredin assisted St. Louis County with a domestic and assisted local PD with a gross misdemeanor driving violation.

International Falls # 2 – vacant.

Ray – vacant.

Tower – vacant.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports this year’s bear season opener was off to a slow start with very few active baits and hunters located. Officer Williams worked on Lake Superior as part of the Great Lakes Task Force and observed an active Lake Trout bite over the weekend. Violations included operating an unregistered watercraft, angling without a trout stamp validation, and angling with an extra line.

 

CO Marty Stage (Ely) found one group operating their pontoon boat without lights, not enough PFDs, and five people with fishing license issues. One person had a lifetime license that he had not updated, but no one else had their license with them at all. The contact took well over an hour to sort out. This is one reason why state law requires a person to have their fishing license with them. A family out canoeing decided to try to beat a storm and paddled across a large open lake in their canoes, and was blown against a rocky shoreline. They ditched the canoes and hiked along the lake edge until they could get a signal and call for help on their cell phone. Lake County deputies worked with CO Stage and his large patrol boat to affect a downwind shoreline rescue of the family, which included three young children, and return them safely to their vehicle.

 

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports another wolf attack on two dogs in Grand Marais. He also received reports on two misbehaving woodchucks. The CO himself has had a family of woodchucks living in his woodshed all summer and he reports that no wood is missing. The CO believes that this proves that woodchucks really don’t chuck wood. The CO checked bear hunters on opening day of bear season. Enforcement action was taken for big game, boating and fishing violations. A Canadian lynx walked in front of the  CO’s truck one evening on the Gunflint Trail.

 

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked bear bait stations throughout the week. The bear opener saw lower than usual activity and success. ATV activity was monitored as well as angling activity, both on Lake Superior and on inland waters.

 

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) checked bear baiting activity and worked from the boat. An individual with a felony warrant was arrested and also issued citations for fishing without a license from an unregistered canoe. Other enforcement action included angling with extra lines, unregistered watercraft, no PFDs, ATV violations, and no angling license in possession.

 

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked several area lakes for boat and water activity. Time was spent searching for, and documenting bear bait stations. CO Schottenbauer also spent time working Lake Superior.

 

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) monitored ATV activity and bear bait stations up to the opening of the season on Monday. The officer checked several bear hunters after the first evening hunt of the season. Several hunters reported their baits hit and some passed on smaller bears. The officer attended an instructor shoot at Camp Ripley and worked a Great Lakes Task Force shift with officer Schottenbauer.

 

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating, angling, and bear baiting activities during the busy holiday weekend. Fishing definitely picked up on Lake Superior with some nice trout being caught. Murray also handled nuisance calls pertaining to bear and wolf activity and answered questions on deer and duck hunting regulations.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Randy Patten (Northome)  checked anglers and boaters,  patrolled for illegal ATV activity, and looked at bear baits for compliance. Enforcement action taken for operating ATV’s on the roadway and transporting a loaded firearm on a motor vehicle.

 

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) checked anglers, worked boating enforcement, ATV activity, and checked bear hunters. Violations included ATV on roadway, failure to display registration, operate unregistered, and transport a loaded firearm. He also handled various wildlife calls.

 

CO Michael Fairbanks (Deer River) and a COC focused enforcement efforts on boat and water safety and bear hunting. Violations included angling without a license in possession, no throwable PFD, no fire extinguisher, and transport aquatic vegetation. Bear hunters were checked on opener. Some success was noted. A K-9 demo was given at the State Fair.

 

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) spent time checking boaters and anglers this past week. She took a complaint of an injured owl and injured raccoon, unrelated to each other. She also worked on lake superior checking commercial fishing activity. Bear opener was very slow. Enforcement action was taken for boating and angling violations.

 

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked with a COC over the past week with enforcement action taken for angling without a license, operating a watercraft without enough PFDs, operating a watercraft without a fire extinguisher, operating a watercraft without a throwable, burning prohibited materials and allowing a fire to smolder. During a traffic stop enforcement action was taken for hunting bear without a license and failing to register a bear bait. A rifle was also seized in conjunction with the bear hunting without a license case.

 

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, ATVs, bear baiters, state parks and campgrounds. He also attended a district meeting during the week and worked a special boat and water detail.

 

CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working ATV, fishing and bear baiting activity. Enforcement action was taken for passengers under 18 without helmets, reckless driving and failure to display registration.

 

CO John Velsvaag (NE Region ATV officer) checked ATVers in Itasca County and southern St. Louis County. CO Velsvaag also checked boaters and anglers in and around Lake Superior. CO Velsvaag received several calls about bear baiting and wolf hunting applications.

 

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked area aquatic invasive species (AIS), protected waters and wetland impact, sport angling, aquatic plant management,  bear hunting and bear baiting activities. CO Arhart also assisted at the D-10 AIS check station, worked a detail on Lake Superior, worked at the invasive species- state fair exhibit, and attended a D-7 meeting. Enforcement action was taken for transporting aquatic vegetation, for transporting boats with plugs in for angling license, for juveniles on ATVs without helmets and for boating equipment violations. Crappie angling success was great on many area lakes. Area mushroom hunters encountered, also displayed success, harvesting many summer mushrooms in the great weather. Bear hunters had less success.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) worked a couple days on Lake Superior focusing on sport fishing. Several hours were also worked on Inland lakes focusing on boating enforcement. Officer Duncan participated in a AIS work detail. Two wolf control zones are being monitored in the Duluth East station. Several ATV violations were also encountered during the week. Officer Duncan spent time working the opening of bear season following up on violations encountered prior to the Bear season opener.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) reports working boating, angling, OHV, and AIS enforcement throughout the week. CO Humphrey worked boating enforcement on local area lakes and an AIS detail in the Duluth area. A wolf depredation complaint was received and investigated. Bear baits were checked in the area. CO Humphrey patrolled in the Fond Du Lac State Forest and Sawyer WMA. Angling license, boating equipment, and OHV violations were encountered.

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) worked area lakes and Lake Superior. Boating enforcement was the focus for Labor Day weekend. Bear baiting areas were worked and hunters checked on opening day. Questions regarding bucks only zones and intensive harvest area around Duluth were handled. Nuisance animal complaints including skunks, raccoons, and injured animals were also handled.

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) spent time participating in a district work detail that involved slowing the spread of invasive species. One watercraft owner was cited for transporting aquatic macrophytes. A case where a group of individuals decided to blow up a beaver lodge is being investigated. The officer also assisted in a DWI case involving an ATV and several bear hunters were also checked for compliance.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) assisted with a K9 demo at the State Fair where they were visited by several fairgoers including the Governor. Assistance was given at a detail with the local Duluth district officers working invasive species laws. Other invasive species work was done around the Cloquet area. Enforcement action was taken for transporting a watercraft with the plug in. While patrolling the Nemadji State Forest a horse rider and her daughter were given assistance after the mother fell off of her horse and broke her arm. Her husband had left to get the vehicle so he could transport her to the hospital. K9 Schody and Officer Staples helped pass the time by doing some tricks for the daughter until they were able to get her mother out of the forest and on her way to the hospital. Off-highway vehicle activity was worked in the Moose Lake area where enforcement action was taken for registration and equipment violations. A friendly ATVer assisted this officer after getting a flat tire on the ATV. This goes to show that there are good friendly people out enjoying the outdoors.

WREO Mike Scott worked an AIS work detail in the Duluth area with D-8 officers; more than 200 boats were looked at during the five hour detail. Enforcement action was taken for transporting watercraft with drain plugs in, transporting aquatic vegetation and transporting Eurasian Milfoil on a boat lift. A complaint about a lake residence on an area lake that blew up a beaver lodge was investigated with CO Randy Hanzal. A deed restriction for a WCA violation was removed upon compliance of restoration. Officer Scott staffed the DNR information booth at the State Fair on Monday and Tuesday talking to fair goers about Natural Resource laws, recreation and general DNR questions. An AIS Law Enforcement training was conducted for Pine County Deputies so that they can work on area lakes enforcing AIS laws over the holiday weekend. Anglers on Lake Superior were checked on Sunday with many anglers catching Lake trout and some King Salmon.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

CO Matt Miller (Marine Unit) continued field training with a COC. The officers worked a boat and water detail on Lake Superior. Lake trout are becoming more common as they move shallower for the fall. An individual was found burning a coffee table and cabinets, yet complained of other people burning garbage and other refuse. Bear hunting issues were worked with violations relating to bait registration and signage being common. Enforcement action taken for burning, angling, and bear hunting violations.

CO Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) continued training a COC. They spent time finishing a report on an over limit case. They worked boating, angling, OHV, ATV, AIS, big game enforcement and they participated in an AIS detail. They arrested the operator of an ATV for 1st Degree DWI and possession of a loaded firearm. Other enforcement action was taken for angling, boating, and OHM enforcement.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked bear hunting, angling, watercraft and ATV enforcement. Firearm qualification was also completed.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) checked bear baits during the week and hunters on the bear opener, spent time monitoring the ATV activity over the busy Labor Day weekend in the Spider Lake ATV area, and checked ricers out picking on local rice beds. The officer also issued permits for nuisance beaver and investigated a possible wolf attack on a rancher’s calf.

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) continued assisting with Field Training of new Conservation Officers this past week. Officers patrolled area lakes checking anglers, and boating activity. Officers also monitored bear baiting, and OHV travel in closed areas. Officer Lee along with other Use of Force Instructors this past week started fall qualifications of Conservation Officers on their issued firearms. This is, per Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training. Enforcement actions this week were taken for no angling licenses, insufficient life jackets, watercraft registration issues, along with AIS violations.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked a busy Brainerd Lakes Area over the holiday weekend. Nuisance wildlife complaints were forwarded to wildlife staff that included a seagull die off and an immature bald eagle visiting cabins and unable to fly. A boat and water enforcement detail was done with violations involving youth under 10 years of age not wearing life jackets while underway, no Type IV PFD, operate PWC after hours, PWC greater than slow no wake within 150 feet of shore, and possession of alcohol by person under 21 years of age. Angling without a license was addressed. Officer Guida also contacted some parents who were allowing illegal operation of off-highway motorcycles (dirt bikes) and operation of an ATV without safety certification. Citations, warnings, and PFD Panda Awards were issued as appropriate.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) continued field training with a COC. The officers spent time monitoring ATV, boating, bear baiting, and angling activities. The officers worked a busy Whitefish Chain over the holiday weekend. Enforcement action was taken fora angling with extra lines, angling without a license, illegal boat exhaust, no PFDs, slow no wake violations, juvenile operation of an ATV, and unregistered ATV. Over the weekend, the officers also arrested one operator of a watercraft for BWI, and two operators of ATV’s were arrested for DWI.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity including patrolling area lakes and the Mississippi River for fishing and boating activity, patrol of the Crow Wing State forest for OHV activity and other recreational use, checking bear baits, monitoring the wild rice crop and checking harvesters, and attending firearms training at Camp Ripley.

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) spent time at Camp Ripley for as a firearms instructor for the district shoots. She checked bear baits and worked local lakes for some late summer anglers. CO Peterson also met with a local landowner on some trespass questions with the upcoming deer season.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked holiday weekend traffic including lake activity, TIP reports, and ATV complaint areas. Rapidly changing weather kept boating to a minimum and many people got out their ATVs instead. Spontaneous ATV usage resulted in operators that weren’t properly trained, helmets that didn’t fit, and registration left un-renewed. Verkuilen also worked the openings of dove and bear season, checked for invasive species as bots came out for the season, and attended division training.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) worked a shift on Lake Superior. An AIS work detail was attended and the officer also inspected boats over the weekend; no AIS violations were found by the officer. Bear hunters were out in full force. Some hunters had some luck but the daily rain has made hunting bear difficult. Enforcement action was taken for no trout stamp, angling without a angling license in possession, hunting bear in a wrong zone, failing to register bear baits and hunting with 100 yards of an unregistered bear bait.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking bear baiters throughout the week and weekend. Most of the sites are having a hard time competing with the abundance of natural food in the woods. The Officer assisted with giving a law presentation to a group of bear hunters at a local bear outfitter and time was spent patrolling Mille Lacs Lake for boating and fishing activity. Some nice perch were seen along with a few bass and northern pike. A fishing related TIP call was taken and the Officer participated in a AIS check point work crew over the weekend. Please remember as you pull your boats out the water to drain all the live wells, pull the plug out and leave it out while transporting the watercraft down the road, and remove all vegetation before leaving the access. CO Fitzgerald attended fall shooting qualifications at Camp Ripley and also assisted area waters staff with a complaint around the mille lacs lake area. Ricing activity was also monitored and a call of a fox in a storage shed that would not come out was handled. The Officer received a call of trespassing and the investigation into the violation is ongoing. Lots of hunting , ATV, OHM, fishing, boating and AIS law related questions were fielded throughout the week and weekend. Enforcement action for the week included various fishing, ATV, and OHM violations.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) investigated a wolf depredation claim on livestock. Her investigation confirmed that wolves were responsible for the loss. Speldrich worked the bear hunting season opener with CO Andy Schmidt. Violations encountered included no license in possession, off trail ATV travel, bear bait station signs more than 20 feet from bait stations and operating ATVs in non-motorized areas. AIS and boat and water enforcement were worked over the Labor Day weekend. An ATV accident occurred in the Nemadji State Forest when an operator was loading his ATV into the back of a pickup truck. The aluminum ramps gave way and caused the operator to fall. The operator was transported by ambulance with a severe head injury.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) monitored bear baiting activities and investigated a sweet corn patch that was torn up by bear and raccoon.  The owners of the corn patch indicated they put a radio out at night to prevent the animals from eating the corn, which it was found that country music did not work, while rock and roll did help keep them away. Training was attended and bear season opener was also worked. Hunters are reporting good bait activity.    An illegal fire was dealt with, in which prohibited materials were burning.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) found heavy bear baiting activity throughout state forest areas in the Hinckley Station. Baiting violations found included improper signing of baits, leaving garbage at bait station and operating ATVs in closed areas. Time was spent patrolling area lakes over the holiday with enforcement action taken for fishing without a license and operating boats without required safety equipment. CO Grundmeier continued to spend time at area farms as more livestock were taken by wolves.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) attended training at Camp Ripley during the week. He also spent time checking ATV complaints in the Chengwatana State Forest, monitored bear baiting activity, and answered numerous questions about the upcoming hunting seasons. He also worked angling and boating enforcement in the Pine City area over the holiday weekend. Enforcement contacts included no licenses in possession, insufficient PFDs on watercraft, failing to display valid registration, and operating ATV’s in restricted areas.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) continued training with a COC patrolling area lakes and Mille Lacs Lake. Wind conditions made fishing easier on smaller lakes. A mixed bag of walleye, sunfish, bass and crappie were seen. The officers responded to a wolf depredation complaint where a small pony was killed. Several wolf tracks around the carcass confirmed the event. The complainant had two donkeys disappear the previous weekend.  Enforcement action was also taken on boating, fishing and ATV throughout the violations.

WREO Rob Haberman worked an AIS check station at Father Hennepin State Park over the holiday weekend. With the rainy weather traffic through was less than predicted but a 50 percent violation rate was found on watercraft. WREO Haberman also helped local officers with boat and water enforcement. Several no fishing license and life jacket citations were issued to boaters and fishermen. WREO Haberman and CO pilot Jason Jensen worked boating enforcement  via aircraft on Lake of the Woods in and around the Northwest Angle. One boater was cited for an over limit of walleyes.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) attended the State Fair and answered a large array of DNR related questions. Division firearms’ training was attended at Camp Ripley. Time was also spent working angling activity and patrolling for ATVs. A meeting with Aquatic Plant Management (APM) staff was attended and boat and water safety was worked during the busy holiday weekend.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) spent two days at the State Fair working the information booth at the DNR building. Many good questions and comments were discussed from fair goers. Anglers, boaters and wetland issues were worked in the Albany area. Enforcement training was attended at Camp Ripley dealing with defensive tactics and gun qualifications.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) concentrated on water recreation safety over the holiday weekend. Most checked were in compliance; however, a variety of enforcement action was taken for those who were not. Anglers were checked. Recreational vehicle activity was checked. CO Friese attended training at Camp Ripley.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) attended annual district training at Camp Ripley and issued nuisance beaver trapping permits. An AIS (Aquatic and Invasive Species) road check was worked with violations found of boat and trailers transporting aquatic vegetation.  Compliance with boat plugs being out during transportation was very good.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) completed commercial inspections related to ginseng. The officer worked anglers and boating activity. Enforcement action was taken for trespass.

WREO Keith Bertram spent the week working AIS in Stearns, Todd, and Wright counties. Wetland restoration orders were served in Stearns, Mille Lacs, and Chisago counties. Enforcement action was taken for AIS violations, no PFDs, extra lines, and ATV violations.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers this past week. CO Mies worked boat and water crews. The Officer also worked with AIS staff.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) concentrated enforcement efforts relating to boat and water activities over the holiday weekend. Lakes were busy and CO Kuske found individuals to be in good compliance of regulations. One complaint received involved a person allowing their dog to pursue loons on an area lake and the issue was resolved by some conscientious citizens. CO Kuske attended fall qualifications and UOF training at Camp Ripley as well as issuing a nuisance beaver permit to a trapper.

St. Cloud – vacant.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked anglers and boaters. Violations were found for no angling license, no watercraft registration, extra lines, no PFDs, and possess drug paraphernalia. A public waters complaint was investigated.

 

CO Angela Londgren (Princeton) worked boat and water safety over the holiday weekend on local lakes and rivers, checked ATV’s, patrolled state and federal lands, and attended the district shoot at Camp Ripley. Enforcement action was taken on drug paraphilia, PFD violations, angling with extra lines, registration violations, no angling license, PWC violations, no mirror/observer, paddle board violations, and wake violations.

 

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked B/W patrol on a number of district lakes. He took enforcement action for no life jackets, no throw cushion, wake violations, no boat registration, failure to display registration, no operating sticker on PWC, angling without a fishing licenses, angling with extra lines and possession of drug paraphernalia. He attended a firearm qualification at Camp Ripley. He followed up on a possible falconry violation.

 

CO Todd Langevin (Center City) handled several bear complaints, wetland violations and trespassing issues in the area.

 

CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked anglers and boaters during the week. Bear baits were also checked and most were violation free. A couple of days were spent at Ripley qualifying and instructing during the annual fall qualification. An intern also spent a day with Officer McGaw. Enforcement action was taken on no angling licenses and no boat registration

 

CO Travis Muyres (Cambridge) attended a firearm qualifications at camp Ripley. CO Muyres worked boating enforcement in Isanti County. CO Muyres investigated reports of dogs chasing deer.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) worked a TIP call on poachers shooting ducks south of Belle Plaine. Boaters and anglers were checked for safety equipment, fish limits, slot size and AIS violations. Several injured and nuisance animal calls were responded to. Many telephone calls were returned on hunting questions.

 

CO Tony Salzer (Osseo) patrolled Hennepin County for angling and boating activity. Officer Salzer attended training in Lyon County. Salzer worked boaters on the holiday weekend but there was not much boat traffic. CO Salzer also patrolled for dove hunters on the opener.

 

CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking fishermen and monitoring boating activity. CO Grewe responded to complaints, spoke at a firearms safety class and did some equipment maintenance. Violations included license issues.

 

CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) assisted with training at Camp Ripley. He returned public emails and phone calls. CO Neitzke met with Ft. Snelling State Park Staff.

 

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) checked anglers and boaters in Scott County area lakes. He worked boat and water safety on St. Croix River and took a call on a goose complaint in Scott County. He issued a beaver permit and responded to an animal complaint in Edina. Officer Lee also talked to a group of Asians at Keller Park on hunting and fishing regulations.

 

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) checked anglers and boaters in District 13 area lakes. He patrolled Fort Snelling State Park. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines, failing to display valid boat registration, no type IV life-jacket, and no angling license in possession.

Bloomington – vacant.

Mound – vacant.

Prior Lake – vacant.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent the week working boating and fishing enforcement on area lakes and the St. Croix River. CO Arntzen did inspections on ginseng dealers, assisted a neighboring officer on a trespassing complaint, and worked several TIP calls. Enforcement action was taken for fishing without a license, PFD violations, and failing to remove drain plug.

 

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) worked mainly boating and angling enforcement around the metro lakes and rivers. He assisted a Wisconsin CO with the investigation of a possible big game violation in St. Paul. CO Pril also spoke at a firearms safety class in St. Paul Park and responded to calls throughout the week.

 

WREO Adam Block (Metro) spent the week on AIS activity and wetland enforcement. WREO Block also worked boating activity over the holiday weekend and found compliance to be excellent. Follow up continues on AIS related cases from Prior Lake.

 

CO Brad Johnson (Ham Lake) reports that he spoke to a firearms safety class in Nowthen and patrolled with a law enforcement student intern. CO Johnson issued a summons to an individual that was trespassing in the Carlos Avery WMA Sanctuary. He also worked at the DNR information booth during the State Fair.

 

CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) worked boating and fishing enforcement on area lakes and rivers with neighboring officers. She worked the Stillwater bridge detail, handled injured animal calls and worked on three ginseng cases. CO Kruse worked AIS enforcement at area accesses and off-road vehicle enforcement in Anoka County WMAs. Violations encountered this week included no fishing license, insufficient number of PFDs, extra lines, no type IV PFD, no fire extinguisher, wake in a no-wake zone, fail to display registration and no license in possession.

Eagan – vacant.

Hastings – vacant.

Maplewood – vacant.

Metro Officer – vacant.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Doug Lage (Marshall) reports that boating safety was the theme of the week. Work was focused on Lake Benton, Shaokatan, Del Clark and Shetek lakes. Enforcement action was taken for a variety of boating and angling violations.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working fishing, boating, ATV, state park, and AIS enforcement. Extra attention was placed on boating enforcement over the Labor Day weekend. Plenty of hunters were out on Labor Day for the dove hunting opener. Assistance was given to the Redwood County Sheriff’s Office with a firearm incident involving a dove hunter. Smallmouth bass fishermen are reminded that September 8 starts the “catch and release” portion of the season.

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working boating. Enforcement action was taken for various boating violations.

CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) attended numerous meetings throughout the week. Time was also spent checking anglers and conducting foot patrols on WMAs. Dove hunters should find birds to be plentiful in the area.

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked AIS, angling, boating, and OHV activity during the week. A game farm inspection was completed and minnow transportation permits were issued. Litter continues to be a problem and public accesses. AIS, boating, and OHV violations were encountered.

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) and a COC worked boat and water, OHV, AIS, and fishing details. A multitude of violations were addressed. Doves are starting to group up around small grain fields and crappie action is starting to pick up on area lakes and rivers.

WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) investigated a WCA violation in Sibley Co. and issued an extension in Renville Co. Officer Hanson assisted with an AIS compliance check with K-9 Reggie in Mille Lacs County. Officer Hanson also assisted with a K-9 demo at the Minnesota State Fair. Officer Hanson also worked on several area lakes over the Labor Day Weekend.

Benson – vacant.

Madison – vacant.

Redwood Falls – vacant.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) conducted commercial inspections and followed up on TIP calls.  He attended division training and spent time working boating enforcement. Denz also followed up on violations involving lakeshore and aquatic vegetation.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) checked anglers, boaters and PWC operators during the holiday weekend. AIS and ATV regulations were enforced. She followed up on a TIP report on angling with extra lines and a report of a Canada goose in a dog kennel. She discussed regulations and hunter ethics at a firearms safety class in Dassel. Mueller assisted at Marshal and Camp Ripley with district qualifications and training.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) instructed at firearms qualifications in Marshall and Camp Ripley. Oberg also continued focusing on boating and AIS enforcement. Time was also spent working ATV activity.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received annual in-service training. He participated in boat and water enforcement in Meeker, Brown and Nicollet counties. Nelson investigated complaints of sick/injured animals and a solid waste complaint. Nelson also worked angling, AIS and ATV enforcement.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked boat and water, angling and ATV enforcement.  Gruhlke worked boat and water safety enforcement on Clear, Fish and Round lakes. He also taught at the Windom all day field day FAS class. Gruhlke completed a radio program discussing topics including boat and water safety, upcoming openers and area activity.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked watercraft and angling activity. Boaters are still being reminded to bring life jackets and make sure they are the correct type for the boater. One boater with five adult occupants had four PFDs with two of them being for youth. Over limits of fish and extra lines were investigated. ATV activity was monitored.

Litchfield – vacant.

Willmar #1 – vacant.

Windom – vacant.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) attended a use of force training at Camp Ripley. The officer patrolled the Minnesota River for angling and boating activity.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) worked angling, AIS, ATV, and boat & water activity during the week. Several commercial records inspections were completed.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) checked anglers, boaters and ATV operators. Officer Ihnen also spent time monitoring AIS compliance at area PWA’s.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked angling, ATV, AIS, and boat and water enforcement.  Boating activity was high during the holiday weekend. Violations were also encountered on angling and ATV activity.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week working angling, boat & water safety, and recreational vehicle activity. CO Chihak assisted neighboring officers in completing a number of commercial license inspections. Wildlife complaints were addressed. Requests from the public seeking information on hunting and trapping regulations were returned.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) spent time checking anglers and boaters. Minor violations were documented. Several citations were also written for boaters transporting their watercraft on public roads with the drain plug in place. The “drain plug law” went into effect in 2010, so 2014 is the fifth summer that it’s been in effect. Many boaters still seem “unaware” of the law, despite intense publicity efforts.

WREO Julie Siems (SE) worked boat and water enforcement over the busy holiday weekend.  A K9 demonstration was conducted at the State Fair and an AIS check station was worked.

Albert Lea – vacant.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Phil George (Rochester) worked the week checking anglers and watercraft users. Officer George took calls from hunters concerning baited fields during the early goose season. ATV complaints were taken and a Firearm Safety Range and Field Day was attended. Enforcement

action was taken for angling with extra lines and various boating violations.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports spending most of the week patrolling for early ginseng diggers and on the river checking boating and fishing. He also attended firearms training and answered many deer hunting questions. He saw hunters out preparing for upcoming hunting seasons.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked anglers and boaters over the weekend. Lots of people were out with mixed fishing success. A number of people were out scouting the river for the upcoming hunting seasons.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking anglers and ATV’s. Fishing was slow due to high water. Bowhunters have been out scouting and preparing deer stands and cameras. Time was spent speaking with ginseng dealers and diggers reference the rules and regulations. One subject was cited for harvesting ginseng out of season.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working a very busy week of ginseng enforcement conducting several interviews with enforcement action taken. The busy holiday weekend was spent on the Mississippi River where hundreds of vessels where out enjoying the last big weekend of the summer. Numerous fishing and safety violations were documented as well as assisting with stranded campers on an island.

Rochester #2 – vacant.

Training Section

Planning is ongoing for this year’s training activities, including ordering equipment and supplies and reserving training areas at Camp Ripley.

Aviation Section

Pilot/CO Chris Lofstuen (Bemidji) reports due to weather several creel survey flights had to be cancelled and re-scheduled. The wild rice survey was flown covering most of the Arrowhead Region, with lakes as far south as Moose Lake, up through the Iron Range, Boundary Waters and Grand Marais. Some exceptional rice crops were noted on several lakes while some had none. Overall, it appears the rice crop will be somewhat lower than previous years. Aircraft maintenance and repair issues were addressed.

 

CO Pilot Bob Geving (New Ulm) spent the week studying and conducting flights in simulated IFR conditions for his Instrument Proficiency Check.

 

CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports a week of survey flying including three creel surveys on Leech Lake and a fisher telemetry flight in central Minnesota. Jensen also performed boating safety checks from the floatplane during the holiday weekend. These checks included working with officers on Lake of the Woods to find where activity was located. Upon noticing one boat near Oak and Flag Islands, Jensen landed and checked anglers with WREO Haberman. An over limit of walleyes, slot limit violation and no angling license violations were found. Enforcement action was taken. A fall qualification shoot was attended also at Camp Ripley.

Water Resource Enforcement Officers

WREO reports are now placed within district reports.

Enforcement Education

Please check the DNR WEB SITE at www.mndnr.gov for a current class listing of all DNR Enforcement Education Courses and instructor training sessions

 

If you missed a fall class and are over 18, check on-line for Adult Home Study or On-Line course information is also located at www.mndnr.gov.

Please check the DNR WEB SITE www.mndnr.gov  for a current class listing of all DNR Enforcement Youth Snowmobile Safety Courses and instructor training sessions. Adult Snowmobile Safety Training CDs are available by calling 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR.

Youth ATV Courses (12 to 15 years old) class postings for around the state are posted on the web site at www.mndnr.gov.  Students are reminded that they must complete the CD portion of the course before attending the classroom portion of the course. Youth/Adult ATV Safety Training Course CDs are available by calling 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR

Reminder—anyone born after December 31st, 1979 cannot purchase a license to hunt in Minnesota without first taking a DNR Safety Training Course and receiving a certificate.  In addition many states have even more stringent mandatory Hunter Education requirements.  Check before you go!!!

Reminder—Any resident born after December 31st, 1976, who operates a snowmobile in Minnesota, must possess a snowmobile certificate.  Two options are available to complete certification. Ages 11 and older can attend the traditional youth course.  Those 16 or older can take the at home CD course.

Reminder—Anyone born after July 1st, 1987, who operates an ATV on public lands and waters in Minnesota, must successfully complete the ATV Safety Training CD course.  Persons under age 16 must complete the ATV CD Course and riding component before riding on public lands. Youth/Adult ATV Training CDs are available by calling 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR.

SCHEDULED INSTRUCTOR TRAINING SESSIONS

If you are 18 or older and would like to become an instructor for Snowmobile Safety, ATV Safety, Firearms Safety, Trail Ambassador or one of the Advanced Hunter programs, contact your local Conservation Officer or Regional Safety Training officer.  Instructor clinics are scheduled throughout the state and are listed on the DNR Website.

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Weekly Conservation Officer Report – From the Minnesota DNR

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) conducted field training with a Conservation Officer Candidate (COC).  The two assisted with the range portion of the Thief River Falls Firearms Safety Class and taught the session on laws and ethics. Time was spent monitoring bear baiting activity, ATV use, and local boating and angling. Enforcement action for the week included angle without valid license, possess marijuana and paraphernalia, and transport watercraft with drain plug intact.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working angling/boating activity, a special boating project,  and monitoring boater AIS compliance on Upper Red Lake and special regulations lakes throughout the week. Enforcement was taken for angling with an extra line.    Time was spent monitoring bear baiting activity, patrolling area trails for ORV, ATV and OHM activity and a nuisance beaver complaint was handled.

Baudette #1 -vacant.

Baudette #2 -vacant.

Blackduck #2 – vacant.

Karlstad – vacant.

Thief River Falls #2 – vacant.

Warroad #1 – vacant.

Warroad #2 – vacant.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked ATV, boating, early goose hunting and AIS efforts.  Multiples calls about hunting questions and animals concerns continued to increase. He also participated during a local radio talk show. The highlight of the week was being able to witness firsthand over 40 previous FAS students put to practice their skills during a pheasant hunt/clays/archery event sponsored by local businesses and sporting clubs at a game farm.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked bear baits, goose hunters and wolf depredation complaints.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling and boating activity throughout the week. Anglers are reporting mixed success on most area lakes. Follow up was conducted on a fence across a small creek preventing access. The fence was removed by the property owners. ATV activity was monitored on area trails and roads.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked bear baiting activity throughout the area. Time was also spent monitoring OHV traffic in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. Questions were answered about the upcoming deer season. A complaint was received regarding wolves harassing cattle.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports attending training at Camp Ripley and patrolled area lakes as part of a special boat and water safety project. CO Vinton was accompanied for a day by a Frazee-Vergas high school student interested in becoming a Conservation Officer. The student observed aquatic invasive species (AIS) inspection and angler compliance checks as well as assisted in looking for an injured deer. Violations included no angling license in possession, ATV on a county highway and no throwable PFD.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) attended training at Camp Ripley and assisted CO Bermel with a BWCA work detail enforcing boat and water safety laws and fishing regulations.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports average angling success on area lakes. Boating safety and AIS compliance checks were completed. CO Forsberg followed up on reports of illegal aquatic vegetation removal. CO Forsberg followed up on complaints of nuisance animals and took calls regarding the upcoming deer season.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling and boating activity on area waters. The Boats and Bars event on Detroit Lakes was monitored but poor weather showed fewer participants then past years. A site visit with local gov’t unit (LGU) members was conducted in regards to a public waters violation. A complaint of possible trespass was received and being investigated. Follow up continued on possible illegal aquatic vegetation removal.

 

Water Resource Enforcement Officer (WREO) Joe Stattelman spent the week focusing efforts on AIS and Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) law enforcement. Time was spent meeting with area inspectors and checking compliance at public access points. Boat and water activity was also worked. Two days were spent at Camp Ripley assisting with training.  Fishermen around the Detroit Lakes and Pelican Rapids area were checked.

Moorhead – vacant.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) received questions related to the summer goose hunt. He also took complaints of late shooting. Anglers were checked on area lakes along with boating enthusiasts. There was also a conversation about wolf/hybrid dogs running off leash in Maine Township.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) along with a COC spent time working fishing enforcement, boating safety, and AIS enforcement. The officers checked on a commercial minnow net, assisted an Otter Tail County Sheriffs officer with a call, attended a safety day in Wolf Lake speaking to over 100 individuals on ATV safety, assisted Wadena area chapter of MDHA with a fork horn field day on the shooting range. The officers worked the early August goose season but found very minimal activity.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) worked on several wetland issues this week including draining and altering wetlands. Time was spent checking fishermen, boaters and completing some required training. Additional time was spent checking goose hunters and working WCA cases.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, boaters, goose hunters and ATVs. An AIS meeting was attended in Brainerd. Complaints of fish over limits, trespass, and ATV’s operating on county highways were investigated. Station equipment maintenance was performed along with receiving yearly performance evaluation.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) worked the TIP trailer along with other officers at the first annual Youth Outdoors Day, sponsored by Pheasants Forever and Vikings Sportsmen’s Club, where over 500 area youth enjoyed outdoor related activities and events. Fishing activity continues to be monitored with enforcement action taken for no angling license and angling with extra lines. A shoreline owner was cited for operating his weed roller well outside the permitted area. The third local FAS class was also completed, totaling over 80 youth now certified this month.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued working fishing, boating, and AIS enforcement on and around area waterways. While working AIS enforcement, an individual was found transporting a boat with aquatic vegetation on the trailer and the drain plug in place. A closer inspection of the boat revealed very small zebra mussels in the livewell. Enforcement action was taken and a boat de-con was ordered. Additional time was spent closing out public water and aquatic vegetation violations, monitoring goose hunting activity, and patrolling for ORV activity. COs Johanson, Lawler, and Larry Hanson with K9 Reggie, spent several hours manning the TIP Wall of Shame trailer at the first annual youth outdoor activity event in Alexandria. The event was a huge success with over 500 youth in attendance and many positive public interactions made. A big thank you to the Viking Sportsmen Club and the Douglas County Pheasants Forever Chapter for organizing and staffing the event!

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on AIS, OHV and fishing enforcement. Angling activity has been slow on area lakes. CO Anderson also investigated a vehicle that tried to travel down a minimum maintenance road and became stuck. Minnow transportation permits were issued as well as handling calls from the public regarding use of WMA and WPAs for hunting opportunities.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, ATV operators, goose hunters, and monitoring AIS compliance.  Additional time was spent on boat and water safety, commercial enforcement, and littering complaints. Calls were fielded regarding waterfowl season questions, and nuisance animal complaints.

Wheaton – vacant.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked fishermen, boaters and ATVs. Officer Hunter aided in a firearms safety class and at the shooting range. CO Hunter received a call of an individual illegally removing cattails.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) responded to a call of vehicles stuck in a closed forest road.  The vehicles were gone and the damage was documented. Early goose season activity was monitored and bear baiters were checked as well. A cattle owner called with a possible wolf depredation problem where calves were missing and evidence of wolves in the area was found. Late summer fishing and boating activity was patrolled with several boats being contacted, with compliance being very good.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on sport fishing, boating, AIS, and ORV activity.  Nothing unusual to report. Received a call regarding a sick loon; handled a wolf depredation complaint; attended a district meeting; received a call regarding the status of the wild rice crop; and received a request for information regarding ATV safety training.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked anglers, boaters, and bear baiting activity. Special boat safety patrols were conducted on Cass Lake with a few violations encountered.  Anglers report slow fishing; excuses for the slow fishing varied. Several bear baited areas were also checked. CO Mathy and a COC attended a district meeting. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license in possession, tow tube with boat without observer, ATV without valid DL, ATV without headlights, ATV with juveniles not wearing helmet, and several different bear baiting violations.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling, boating, ATV, and bear baiting activity. Angling and boating activity was low. Bear baiting activity appears to be picking up. CO Broughten investigated a complaint of a person shooting a goose. CO Broughten also investigated an over limit of walleye, during which the individual claimed to be stock piling walleye for a family reunion. Fish were seized and enforcement will be taken.  Enforcement action included no angling license in possession, operate watercraft with persons riding on transom, operate watercraft while being overloaded, allow illegal operation of an ATV by a juvenile, failure to display ATV registration, and over limit of walleye.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) investigated two buck deer found dead, one found with bite marks in hind quarters floating in farm pond and one found in a township road ditch with its head cut off. Halverson assist Officer Guida with a boat accident on Lake Alexander. Many calls on upcoming deer season were handled. Halverson attended Staples Railroad Days, the 125 year anniversary of Staples. Complaint on Jet Ski’s chasing loons was also investigated.

CO Colleen Adam (ATV REC) attended training, meetings and patrolled state forests and OHV trail systems. Officer work on violations for cross country travel and follow-up investigations.

WREO Shane Siltala spent time at public accesses on area lakes enforcing AIS laws. Boat traffic was limited due to the rainy weather. Some walleye limits were seen in the bag. AIS compliance was good. Officer Siltala also assisted at a local firearms safety class mentoring youth on the gun range. He also finished up a public waters violation investigation and attended a district enforcement meeting.

Remer – vacant.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls)  reports the investigation into two wolf depredation cases near Littlefork and Baudette were handled. Fishing and boating activities were checked on Rainy Lake and Rainy River, with enforcement action taken for no angling licenses in possession and possession of filleted walleye (unmeasurable) while on the water. Invasive species checks at area public access sites were also monitored with good compliance. Activities at International Falls Bass Championship were also monitored.

CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports working boating and angling activity throughout the week. A large bass fishing tournament on Lake Vermilion was monitored. Calls relating to bear baiting and the upcoming hunting seasons were received.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked angling activity, served a Wetland Conservation Act Restoration Order, and dealt with a reoccurring dog roaming at large complaint in the McCarthy Beach State Park campground. The responsible party was dealt with.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) checked bear baiters in the Virginia and Mt. Iron area. Failure to register baits is becoming a problem. Time was spent on area lakes checking boaters and anglers. Despite constant attention, one of the most common violations is still insufficient PFDs. Other violations such as operating unregistered watercraft and no lights after sunset were encountered. A group of five ATV riders were stopped near Cotton. Four of the ATVs were lacking current registration and the fifth was being operated by a juvenile who was not wearing a helmet. Enforcement action was taken on all parties. CO Frericks assisted the Eveleth Police Department in searching for a suspect who fled on an ATV. The ATV was recovered after it got stuck but the suspect was found.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) checked bear baiting activity throughout the week. Time was spent working boating enforcement specifically night navigation lights. Fishermen are still getting crappies and a few walleye mixed in.

International Falls # 2 – vacant.

Ray – vacant.

Tower – vacant.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) patrolled in the BWCA with CO Al Peterson. Several violations were detected including angling without a license, no canoe registration, and no license in possession. Lake Vermilion was worked with again a high violation rate including illegal length walleye, multiple folks fishing without a license, unregistered kayaks and canoe, no PFDs, and no fishing licenses in possession. A cabin freezer search revealed what appeared to be a bag with illegal slot limit walleye fillets. The 24 inch walleye carcass was located in a bucket near the dock.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boat and water patrol, invasive species , and angling enforcement during the week. Fishing was slow with few fish being caught. Murray also took reports of nuisance wolf activity and checked on bear baiting activity. Enforcement action was taken for licensing and failing to drain water related equipment violations.

CO Sean Williams (Ely) assisted St. Louis County Sheriff’s deputies after a fatal boating accident on Shagawa Lake in Ely. The accident occurred when a boat carrying three people struck an island on the western side of the lake. The cause and details are still being investigated.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) worked a wilderness patrol in the BWCA with CO Wahlstrom. The officer checked bear baits and  handled calls about nuisance beavers and foxes.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports outdoor activity way down during the week. He checked bear guides, bear baits and responded to a trapped wolf from a wolf depredation complaint. The wolf appeared to be very old and too weak to hunt naturally so it began to target dogs, cattle and chickens. A remote BWCA patrol was done along with remote patrol along the Canadian border.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked a detail in the BWCA this last week with Officer Manning. The officer checked bear bait stations and monitored ATV activity.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area bear baiting activity. CO Schottenbauer spent time checking area inland lakes for angling and boating activity as well. Time was spent on a water complaint as well.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and boaters, assisted the Sheriff’s Department with a suicidal person, performed equipment maintenance, and completed mandatory training. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines.

 

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked fishing boating and big game activities. He assisted the county with multiple crashes and other calls. Violations included ATV on roadway, fail to display registration, equipment, and DUI.

 

CO Michael Fairbanks (Deer River) and a COC worked boat and water safety on area lakes. Fishermen were checked and AIS compliance checks were conducted on the water and at boat accesses. Violations included, no license in possession, no throwable PFD, and several AIS violations. Boaters are reminded to drain all water from boats and related equipment before leaving the water. All drain plugs must be removed.  Bear bait stations were checked in area forests. A traffic stop on a commercial minnow dealer resulted in a violation for improper display of identification on the bait transporting vehicle.

 

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) worked boating and angling enforcement this past week. She also answered numerous questions concerning bear baiting, hunting and deer hunting. Remember to check availability (on the DNR website) of firearms classes in your area if you are needing to take one before hunting seasons start.

 

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) began field training activities with a COC. Bear baiting were monitored while enforcement action was taken for operating an ATV without a safety certificate and for not having a helmet on while operating an ATV under 18 years of age. Enforcement action was also taken for angling without a license. One individual was arrested for an active warrant after his fishing license was checked. Drug paraphernalia was also found on the individual.

 

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, watercraft, bear baiters, state parks and campgrounds. He also handled trespass and ATV complaints during the week.

 

CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working ATVs, anglers, and bear baiting activity. Wichmann also traveled to Duluth and checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior.

 

CO John Velsvaag (Region 2 ATV officer) worked ATV and OHM enforcement in Pine County this past week. CO Velsvaag also worked boating enforcement in Duluth. CO Velsvaag took several calls about the upcoming waterfowl season and archery season.

 

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), boating, angling, ricing, and bear baiting enforcement efforts. Area AIS compliance was good. Enforcement action was taken for  boat equipment violations. CO Arhart also responded to public waters and wetland impacts, assisting COs with various resource incidents. He also taught local dog owners about body gripper trap avoidance and dog release techniques. Motor boats in rice complaints were investigated. Deer hunting questions were answered.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) spent lots of time on the water again working safe boating enforcement. Time was also spent checking bear baits and ATV users. The officer also participated in a work detail along the North Shore checking trout anglers. Youth operating an ATV without safety certificate, allow illegal operation of ATV by a juvenile, operate type 1 ATV on roadway, no registration, fail to transfer title, angle without a license, keeping a protected length fish and no PFD in watercraft are just a few of the violations encountered.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) reports working boating, angling, OHV, and AIS enforcement throughout the week. CO Humphrey worked boating enforcement on local area lakes and details on Lake Superior with the Marine Unit. A wolf depredation complaint was received and investigated. Angling license, trout stamp, boating equipment, and OHV violations were encountered. A few bear baits were also checked for compliance.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked a public waters complaint where it was reported that someone was putting fill into a trout stream. The investigation is still ongoing. An off-highway motorcycle event  was worked in the Nemadji State Forest. Several contacts were made for operating without eye protection, fail to transfer ownership of an OHM, and registration violations. Assistance was given at a landing zone for a helicopter after one rider broke his leg in a crash and started to go into shock. Fishing activity was worked along the St. Louis River. It didn’t turn out well for some anglers after the officer recognized two anglers he had dealt with in the past and had knowledge of them being revoked from angling. They were both cited for angling without licenses (again).  The next angler down the shore was also found to be angling without a license. He was from California and was back in the area visiting relatives. After running his information he was found to have two outstanding, gross misdemeanor, warrants from his last visit to Minnesota. He went to jail with a ticket for angling without a license. K9 training continues with K9 Schody. Bear baiters are reporting low numbers of hits on area baits.

WREO Mike Scott worked on several new WCA cases and one potential public waters case on a Duluth area lake. Boat and water enforcement as well as fishing enforcement was worked on area lakes with CO Randy Hanzal. Enforcement action was taken for possessing illegal length fish on protected waters, no fishing license, no throwable safety device on watercraft. Several ATVs were checked for operating on the roadway. At the request of a local Sheriff’s Department, enforcement action was taken for an ATV operator possessing an open container of alcohol in the road right of way.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Cooler temps and rain has curbed the number of anglers. Watercraft maintenance items worked on. Bear bait stations checked north of Duluth. While a bear complaint was handled with the city limits. Take down bird feeders. The bear will move along in due time. Shore anglers checked on the St. Louis River.

CO Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) started field training with a COC. The officers worked boating and angling enforcement on Lake Superior from Duluth to Grand Marais and on inland lakes. AIS violations were also looked for. Time was spent on ATVs looking for recreational vehicle use and bear baits. Training was attended at Camp Ripley. Enforcement action taken for angling, boating, and ATV violations.

CO Matthew Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) and a COC spent the week checking anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. Angler success on Lake Superior has been limited due to the weather, but success is increasing near Grand Marais. Officers responded to an injured raptor and discovered a red-tailed hawk struck by a vehicle. The hawk was transported to a rehabilitation center for treatment. Officers also worked boating and angling activity on Island Lake, Fish Lake, and Wild Rice Lake. Anglers reported the fish were uncooperative for the most part. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license in possession, no life jackets, and no registration on a canoe.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on fishing enforcement this past week. The bite was slow with the most cooperative fish pan fish. Violations were no license, not enough life jackets, and expired boat registration. He worked on complaints of shoreline violations such as digging in the lake bed. He worked with neighboring CO Tim Collette on AIS violations. Some of the violations observed were plugs in the boat while transporting them on the road. Complaints of vehicles on closed trails and a loud party in the Pillsbury forest were investigated.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) checked anglers and boaters, checked bear hunters placing bait stations for the upcoming bear season opener, and monitored boats at area accesses for invasive species issues. A calf kill was investigated for possible wolf depredation, and a TIP call on a possible fish overlimit was handled.

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) reports checking several bear baits. She also checked a shore angler who advised fishing was not good and he only had a couple of bites. After further investigation of his cooler and buckets, he was over limit on northern pike. CO Peterson also worked a couple of shifts on Lake Superior where officers checked an angler who was double his limit. He attempted to convince the officers that he had a limit for him and a limit for his dog. Further investigation of his freezer led to the discovery of several more fillets.

 

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) assisted with field training of new a Conservation Officer Candidate. Officers checked bear baiting activity in the area with OHV travel in closed areas observed frequently. Bear baiters are reminded that off-trail travel in limited and closed state forests for bear baiting purposes is prohibited. Officers also patrolled station lakes with enforcement action being taken for boating safety violations, along with no angling licenses, and fishing with extra lines. Officer Lee assisted with Use of Force training at Camp Ripley given to fellow Conservation Officers this past week.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked a detail on Lake Superior where angling and boating violations were detected. Some work was done investigating a bear baiting complaint where a bear hunter put bait at another bear hunter’s bait site. Officer Guida also worked boating and watercraft enforcement in the station. A late night watercraft crash was investigated with the Sheriff’s Office where alcohol was a likely a contributing factor. The operator faces Criminal Vehicular Operation and Boating While Intoxicated charges.

CO Pat McGowan (Pine River) continued field training duties with a COC. The officers worked anglers on area lakes and on Upper Red Lake. Investigations were done on weed roller violations. Numerous questions were answered involving ATVs, angling, bear hunting, and the upcoming deer season regulations. Numerous ATVs were stopped during the week.  Enforcement action was taken on wetland violations, illegal youth ATV operations, no angling license, no PFDs, and numerous other boat safety issues. One ATV operator was arrested for operating on the roadway with a cancelled driver’s license. The officers also made one narcotic arrest.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked bear baiting, angling, watercraft and aquatic invasive species enforcement. A law presentation was also given at a firearms safety class at the Waukenabo Township Hall. Many great questions were answered for the young hunters.

CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area) monitored AIS compliance, angling, boating safety, ATV enforcement and park curfew enforcement in the Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area and Brainerd Lakes area. He also checked bear bait stations.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked fishing activity which appears to be picking up as the weather cools off. Also, lots of boating activity but as sunset gets earlier PWCs needed reminding to get off the lake and boats need to get their lights on. An ATV complaint was addressed where there was a concern for juvenile safety. Verkuilen also checked bear bait activity and investigated a complaint of suspicious shots fired.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) spent the majority of the week checking bear baits. The bear hunting season looks promising as most bait sites have been active. The officer checked trout, salmon, walleye and pike anglers on Lake Superior; few fish were seen. Boat and water safety compliance checks were conducted on Mille Lacs Lake and an informational meeting regarding the lake was attended. Enforcement action was taken for bear baiting with non-biodegradable items, failure to register bait stations, and burning of prohibited materials.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking bear baiters throughout the Malmo station.  With lots of berries still in the woods it’s been tough going for quite a few of the baiters. ATV, ORV and OHM activity was monitored in the Solana State Forest, and riders should be reminded that you must stay on open trails only in the forest. A Mille Lacs lake informational meeting was attended during the week where data on Mille Lacs Lake was presented and also some questions answered. A call of bear in a person’s yard and refusing to leave was responded to and by the time the Officer arrived the bear had already gone back into the woods. A law and ethics presentation was given to some Firearms Safety students who were completing their Firearms Safety Certificate. Fishermen on area small lakes and Mille Lacs Lake were checked with a few fish seen in the bag. The Officer also assisted the local sheriff’s department on a loose cattle complaint and lots of ATV, fishing, bear hunting, and deer hunting related question were fielded throughout the week and weekend.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked a variety of bear issues, from tampering with baits to a bear that are bothering houses instead of the bear baits nearby. ATVs were found out in full force with riding on county roads being the biggest violation. A possible protection order violation was investigated. Lake Superior was worked, with an over limit of lake trout found. Boat and water patrols found very good compliance.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent quite a bit of time issuing nuisance bear hunting permits for the removal of bear that have been destroying corn crops. Many area corn fields are at that perfect level of maturity and bear have been gorging themselves on the ripening field corn. Federal trappers continued to remove wolves from area farms and cattle owners continued to report additional calf losses. Other time was spent working at the State Fair Information Booth.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) conducted boat and water safety checks throughout the week. Angling activity was also monitored and panfish were found to be the most sought after species. Assistance was provided to a neighboring officer on Lake Osakis. A young ATV rider was stopped for a registration violation. During the stop CO Silgjord discovered several violations. After issuing paperwork to the rider CO Silgjord attempted to provide the operator with a regulations booklet. The operator tossed the book into the box of the officer’s patrol vehicle stating, “I don’t need that.” Violations for the week included operate an ATV w/o a safety certificate, possess an overlimit of sunfish, fail to have legal life saving device, fail to transfer ATV registration, fail to display valid ATV registration, operate ATV with passenger under 18 not wearing a helmet, and driving after revocation.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked anglers, AIS, and boating activity. A few goose hunters were still out and about.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, boaters, ATVs, wetland and shoreline issues, along with training a COC. AIS enforcement was worked with violations for transport boat with boat plug, and transport boat with weeds. A non-permitted farm irrigator was addressed along with a wetland violation. Enforcement action for the week included, operate unregistered ATV, no helmet on child under 18 on an ATV, no wetland contractor form, fail to remove drain plug, no PFD, and no angling license.

WREO Keith Bertram responded to reports of illegal wetland filling and appropriation of water without permits. Several panfish over limit cases were also made on Todd County lakes. WREO Bertram assisted with an AIS road check station in Chisago City.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers during the past week The Officer also worked on a tip call along with checking goose hunters.

St. Cloud – vacant.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) spoke at a youth firearms safety class and a youth ATV safety class.CO Musatov checked anglers and worked complaints of ATV trespass. Several animal calls were handled and follow up was done on a litter case.

 

CO Angela Londgren (Princeton) checked anglers/boaters/PWC, worked an Invasive Species road check in Chisago County, and checked on nuisance animal complaints. Calls were taken on: trespassing, baiting complaints, law questions, and stolen property.

 

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen on area lakes and river taking enforcement action on a number of violations. He followed up a public waters violation with charges pending. He assisted with a number of animal complaints, everything from nuisance beaver to sand hill cranes tearing off the screens of a Big Lake residence. CO Sladek assisted with a AIS road check in Chisago City with enforcement action taken for a few violations, but overall, a high percentage of boats were clean of aquatic vegetation and the boats were dry and plugs out. He also assisted with a law presentation to a Firearms Safety class in Big Lake to approximately 70-80 kids. CO Sladek wants to thank his Big Lake Firearms Safety Class instructors for doing such a great job.

 

CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports working an AIS road check station in the Chisago City area over the weekend. Numerous boaters were stopped on a local roadway to check all water resource equipment for compliance. Most boaters had all of their equipment in compliance with the AIS laws. Violations included failure to remove plug from boat and transport aquatic vegetation. CO Langevin also handled several bear complaints, wetland violations and trespassing issues in the area.

 

CO Travis Muyres (Cambridge) worked a district AIS check in Chisago County. Several calls were taken with questions on the upcoming deer season. CO Muyres also worked boat enforcement with the Isanti County Sheriff’s Department.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) inspected game farms and shooting preserves. He worked boat and water safety details on Lake Minnetonka with CO Grewe. Goose hunters were checked all week having poor success.

 

CO Tony Salzer (Osseo) patrolled Hennepin County for angling and boating activity. CO Salzer also patrolled for goose hunting activity. Salzer assisted with two firearms safety courses during the week as well.

 

CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking anglers and monitoring boating activity on Lake Minnetonka. CO Grewe responded to various calls and spoke at a firearms safety class. Violations included angling with extra lines, no fishing license and boat registration issues.

 

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked boaters, anglers, and AIS in Scott County area lakes. He picked up a dead hawk in Shakopee and turned it to Carlos Avery wildlife office. He also talked to a Hmong youth firearms safety class in St. Paul and a youth firearms safety class at Horse and Hunter Club in Prior Lake. Violations found were fishing without angling license in possession and riding on gunwales.

 

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) worked angling and boating activity in West Metro lakes. He followed up with AIS violation that occurred in Bloomington station. He also covered Fort Snelling State Park station as the local officer is out of service. Violations found include transporting aquatic macrophytes, zebra mussels, no angling license, and no vehicle permit while in the state park.

Bloomington – vacant.

Mound – vacant.

Prior Lake – vacant.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) attended two days of training at Camp Ripley. She did a detail for the St. Croix Bridge and handled various TIP calls. CO Kruse worked fishing, boating and AIS enforcement on area lakes.

CO Brad Johnson (Ham Lake) checked anglers and boater. Violations included no license, no license in possession, and no trout stamp. He also conducted AIS checks. CO Johnson patrolled at Carlos Avery WMA. He assisted with the take down and transport of the wall of shame. CO Johnson responded to a report of a Bald Eagle that may have been caught in discarded fishing line in St. Paul.

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) worked angling and boating enforcement around the metro lakes and rivers. He spent sometimes patrolling Gateway trail, state parks and wildlife management areas and investigated a liter. CO Pril also responded to injured animal calls and other calls throughout the week.

WREO Adam Block (Metro) spent the week working AIS and wetland related activity. Time was also spent working the State Fair information booth where many deer hunting related questions were answered. WREO Block also spoke to a group in St. Louis Park on the topic of aquatic invasive species.

CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) worked area lakes and the St Croix River doing fishing and boating enforcement. CO Arntzen assisted a neighboring officer with a littering complaint in a State Park and investigated TIP complaints. He also spoke to students at a firearms safety class in Forest Lake and did AIS enforcement. Enforcement action for the week included PFD violations, failing to obey signs on a state trail, slow-no wake violation and no PWC rules sticker.

Eagan – vacant.

Hastings – vacant.

Maplewood – vacant.

Metro Officer – vacant.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) and a COC checked shore anglers. In one case they walked up to two fishermen who were angling with two lines each and neither of them had an angling license. Time was also spent checking OHVs at the Appleton ATV Park.

CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) conducted numerous roadside wildlife counts throughout the week. Time was also spent checking anglers and boaters on area lakes. Numerous questions were fielded concerning the up-coming deer seasons.

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) reports the walleye bite has picked up on Lake Shetek. ATV violations remain commonplace this summer. Enforcement action was taken for a variety of recreational vehicle violations, ranging from youthful operation of ATV’s to the unlawful operation of OHMs.

CO Doug Lage (Marshall) assisted with a Cease and Desist order in Lincoln County. Goose hunters are having limited success. Some northerns are being caught on Del Clark Lake.

WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) attended an R-4 AIS meeting in Waterville. Officer Hanson issued a cease and desist order in Lincoln County and also issued a PW restoration order in Big Stone Co. Officer Hanson attended a youth hunter’s day with K-9 Reggie in Alexandria. AIS and boat and water checks were completed on area lakes and rivers.

Benson – vacant.

Madison – vacant.

Redwood Falls – vacant.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) patrolled area lakes working boating enforcement. He checked anglers and followed up on TIP calls. He spoke at a Firearms Safety class in Willmar. Denz also checked ATVs and addressed issues related to juvenile passengers without helmets.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) checked anglers and boaters during the week, along with August goose hunters. She continued to work AIS compliance. Mueller also followed up on a trespassing complaint in Sibley County. She issued a nuisance beaver permit.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) worked a booth at Youth Conservation Day at Gopher Campfire. Oberg’s talk centered on the importance of PFDs, understanding AIS laws, and hunter ethics. Oberg focused on water patrol while working from his patrol boat and kayak.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) presented Steve Rykus of New Ulm with the 2013 Firearms Safety Instructor of the Year Award at the Minnesota State Fair. Steve had organized and served as the lead instructor for at least 12 youth safety classes last year. Steve has given instruction to thousands of youth over his 30 years of volunteer service to Minnesota’s youth.  Congratulations and Thank You Steve! Nelson also worked angling, boating, AIS and ATV enforcement.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked boat and water, angling and ATV enforcement.  Gruhlke worked with area fisheries and the Jackson Sheriff learning about an area electric fish barrier. He also completed his radio program with KKOJ/KRAQ discussing topics including antlerless permit application deadline, upcoming openers and area activity.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked watercraft and angling activity. ATV activity is increasing and the Grant-In-Aid (GIA) trail was patrolled. Many questions were fielded regarding upcoming seasons and new laws placed in the books.

Litchfield – vacant.

Willmar #1 – vacant.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked boating and angling activity. A late-summer detail was worked with a neighboring officer, resulting in enforcement action taken for a variety of minor boating violations. CO Howe also presented the Wall of Shame at an outdoor-oriented event, and worked state park enforcement.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) focused on boat and water activity. ATV safety presentations were given to elementary school students in Northfield. An AIS presentation was given to the Faribault Rotary club. The officer worked the TIP trailer at Shooter’s Roundup in Morristown.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week working angling, boat & water safety, and recreational vehicle activity. A wildlife complaint involving captive raccoons was resolved. Requests from the public seeking information were returned.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) worked the Minnesota River for activity this past week.  Boating and angling enforcement was the focus. A trapping issue was handled. Public lands were also checked for early fall activity.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers, boaters and ATV operators. Additional time was spent working at the information booth at the Minnesota State Fair and the TIP trailer at a local sports/shooting event.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) worked angling, AIS, ATV, and boat & water activity during the week. Assistance was given to a neighboring officer with staffing the TIP trailer at an event & answering numerous questions about the upcoming hunting seasons.

WREO Julie Siems (SE) assisted in site visits on WCA complaints and follow ups with contractors failing to submit the Landowner Statement and Contractor Responsibility form.

Albert Lea – vacant.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports dealing with nuisance animal complaints, mainly involving raccoon. CO Boyum also spent time on boat and water enforcement. No PFDs and unregistered watercraft were violations encountered.

 

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports spending most of the week checking boats. He checked a boat with a1988 registration expiration in new condition. The boat had been in storage for an extended time. He also attended training at Camp Ripley and met with Conservation Officers from Wisconsin and Iowa.

 

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports the river is in great condition. Boaters and fishermen are making the best of the good weather. He worked a special boating detail. Many fall hunting related questions are coming in.

 

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers during the week. Fishing success was mixed and several anglers commented how the high water has really changed the river and that they had to figure things out again. Heyn also answered questions on the upcoming hunting seasons.

 

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending the week checking anglers, boaters and working on some waters cases. Time was also spent checking ATV complaint areas in the state forest. Some boating and fishing violations were detected.

 

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working fishing and boating enforcement on the Mississippi River along with attending some meetings and training at Camp Ripley. Fishing has been good with some limits being checked during the week.

Rochester #2 – vacant.

Training Section

Planning is ongoing for this year’s training activities, including ordering equipment and supplies and reserving training areas at Camp Ripley.

Aviation Section

CO Pilot Bob Geving assisted with maintenance test flights and transporting aircraft about the state. Geving also conducted his annual low level check ride with pilot Heineman and worked on studying book work for an upcoming CFII course.

 

NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew a marten telemetry and a Vermillion lake creel survey. Heineman also gave  a CO Pilot a low level  check ride and attended a AOPA safety seminar.

 

CO/Pilot Chris Lofstuen (Bemidji) flew multiple creel surveys over Leech Lake. A day was spent in the boat with CO Vollbrecht checking anglers on the Turtle Lake chain north of Bemidji. Anglers reported slower than normal action but produced a few nice fish. Patrol vehicle and aircraft maintenance issues were attended to and data bases were updated for upcoming surveys. The Region 1 District 4 meeting was attended as well.

 

NR Standby Pilot Brad Maas helped complete needed helicopter maintenance, and flew a day/night flight test of the FLIR system.

CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports a short week of duty.

Activities included work on safety program and setting up maintenance for aircraft.

Jensen also researched new aircraft and other possible equipment needs for the upcoming years. Weather prevented most flights.

GAME AND FISH VIOLATIONS IN MINNESOTA

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District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked ATV activity in Beltrami Island State Forest and anglers at the Northwest Angle.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) worked a detail at the Northwest Angle with Lt. Znajda and COs Huener and Regas. Anglers were also checked on the Red River of the North with CO Hutchins seeing moderate success on big catfish prior to the Cats Incredible Tournament. CO Woinarowicz patrolled area WMAs for ATV violations and arrested an individual for DWI on an ATV that tested over three times the legal limit. Other enforcement action included watercraft and ATV registration violations.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working angling, boating and AIS enforcement on special regulation lakes throughout the week. Time was spent patrolling area trails for ATV, OHM and ORV activity. Assistance was given to an Alaska State Wildlife Trooper working an investigation and the Minnesota State Patrol with an attempt to locate a suicidal male. CO Regas worked a district detail on Lake of the Woods. Enforcement action for the week included fishing license violations and possession of illegal length walleye.

Baudette #1 -vacant.

Baudette #2 -vacant.

Blackduck #2 – vacant.

Karlstad – vacant.

Thief River Falls #2 – vacant.

Warroad #1 – vacant.

Warroad #2 – vacant.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports assisting the Crookston Firearms Safety Instructors with an all-day range and field day class. Time was also spent checking anglers and watercraft operators. Various angling and watercraft violations were found.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) concentrated on boating, angling and AIS enforcement. He also responded to a burglar alarm, litter complaint and a car kill deer. A complaint of burning prohibited materials was dealt with and concerns of badgers were addressed.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers, ATVers and answered question about the upcoming hunting seasons.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) continued field training with a COC. Time was spent working Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) on area lake accesses. Various boats were found with drain plugs still in. Area fishermen report that the walleye bite has picked up, especially in the early morning hours. While working an access one morning CO Vollbrecht and a COC checked two fishermen with an over limit of walleye and a citation was issued. Vollbrecht and the COC worked with a local CO and patrolled for ATVs riding in closed areas. Other areas were also patrolled for ATV activity and enforcement action was taken for multiple violations.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked ATV and angling activity during the week. CO Holt patrolled ATV trails in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest with CO Vollbrecht and a COC. Time was also spent working Lake Itasca in Itasca State Park. A complaint was received of ATV’s operating in a state forest campground.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) and a COC spent the week patrolling the Forest Rider’s ATV Trail, checking anglers and boaters, and enforcing PWC laws. Time was also spent on commercial minnow trapping follow-up and APM violations.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports a busy weekend with many boaters and fisherman enjoying the nice weather. The area panfish bite has been good with walleye activity slowing. Time was spent working fishermen and boaters. Complaints of late jet skis, weedroller violations, removal of aquatic plants and access issues were addressed.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) followed up on calls of possible illegal weed rollers and AIS complaints. Time was spent on ATV activity and boat checks were conducted for AIS compliance. Anglers and boaters were checked on area lakes. CO Warren attended and answered questions at the DNR booth at the Becker County Fair.

 

WREO Joe Stattelman spent time following up on calls to the public and answering questions about AIS. Several calls regarding AIS concerns were fielded. Paperwork regarding WCA cases from field CO’s was filed and other cases closed out.

Moorhead – vacant.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) focused on angling, boating, and AIS enforcement.  Enforcement action was taken for angling, boat safety, AIS, ATV, and burning violations.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) worked fishing and boating enforcement throughout the week along with AIS enforcement. ATV enforcement was also worked.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused enforcement activity checking fishermen and boaters.  Complaints were received and handled regarding injured loon, nuisance beaver and individuals working in wetlands. Time was spent working with the SWCD and NRCS on a WCA violation. Additional time was spent answering questions about deer and duck season, ATVs and complaints about public access roads.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked boaters, fishermen and ATVs. Questions regarding upcoming hunting seasons, fishing and boating were answered. Osborne worked on commercial audits and reports. Violations encountered included no helmet on a juvenile passenger on an ATV, no ATV registration, no throwable PFD’s, and no fishing license in possession. A meeting with a county attorney was held to discuss cases. Osborne assisted the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office with an individual who drowned in a kayak on Lobster Lake near Alexandria.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) focused enforcement efforts this past week on fishing, boating, AIS and aquatic vegetation activity. Fishing without a license continues to be the main violation, as well as PFD and watercraft operation conduct issues. Weed roller violations are becoming more apparent now with the increased vegetation growth with enforcement action taken on several cases. In addition, an AIS violation was handled after inspectors found zebra mussels inside of an anchor. Lots of violations have been detected looking inside these hinged/digger anchors, and owners of these are reminded to be extra cautious and to look inside the hinge for attached mussels.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued working fishing, boating, and AIS enforcement on and around area waterways. Follow up work was completed on aquatic vegetation and public water cases and ATV and fire issues were addressed. A litter incident involving a bag or garbage left at a public access over the 4th of July weekend was finally closed out with a citation issued.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) focused enforcement activity checking boaters, fishermen and irrigation permits compliance. Additional time was spent handling numerous calls about the upcoming hunting seasons and working AIS enforcement.

Wheaton – vacant.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked anglers, boaters and ATV’ers. Officer Hunter was called to an injured man on the Fish Hook River and assisted the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Department in rescuing the individual who had been submerged for quite some time. Even with warm air temperatures, the man was suffering from hypothermia.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) investigated a report of a cattle depredation. The likely animal was deemed to be either a coyote or bear. AIS checks and anglers were checked as well, with compliance being very good. ATV enforcement was worked with youth operation being the main complaint, and assistance was provided to local law enforcement on a possible stolen ATV. Time was also spent at the academy training the new recruits.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on sport fishing, boating, AIS, and ORV activity with nothing unusual to report. He worked on a TIP complaint of an overlimit of fish. He received a complaint of a deer caught in a fence along the Heartland State Trail. He was not able to locate the animal, hopefully it freed itself. He also received a call regarding a fox digging up a yard; received a complaint of someone failing to allow inspection of their watercraft by an AIS inspector; received a request for information regarding legal issues and docks (the caller was referred to the Division of Waters as they the permitting authority).

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked many anglers and boaters in the area. Several calls of various concerns were also received including angling violations, trail obstructions, and fire reports. One person was irritated by trail activity and decided to try and keep people off by bulldozing several trees across the trail. Enforcement action is forthcoming. A deer case from 2012 was also completed resulting in several violations. Enforcement action was taken for no life jacket, no PWC registration, angle without license, minnow dealer vehicle without ID, transport boat with plug not removed, no boat lights, and unpermitted fire.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked ATVs in wetland and jet ski complaints. Assisted on getting TIP trailer to Farm Fest.

CO Colleen Adam (ATV Rec) patrolled state forests and OHV trail systems. Operating on the public roadways and youth helmet requirements (likely due to the heat) were common violations. He assisted the county with recovery of an injured adult male found on a riverbank by canoers and tubers floating the river. He assisted the county with a domestic/medical.

WREO Shane Siltala (WREO) issued a wetland Replacement Order requiring the landowner to remove illegal fill in a wetland. He also followed up with enforcement action pertaining to contractors performing illegal work in public waters. Site investigations were performed at two potential aquatic plant violations. Lakeshore owners are reminded they must obtain a permit to destroy any emergent aquatic plants.

Remer – vacant.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports fishing and boat activities on Rainy Lake were busy with nice weather during the week and weekend. Enforcement action was taken for no wake violations and no angling license in possession. Beaver complaint issues were handled along with public concerns of wolf sightings within the city limits of Int’l Falls.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring angling and boating activities with both activities down from previous years. Fishing success remains very poor. Forest roads were monitored as were public access sites.

CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports monitoring angling and boating activity in the area throughout the week. Muskie and bass anglers encountered commented that the fish were biting quite well. Since this is mainly a catch and release fishery, if they didn’t have a photo, some of the stories heard were quite hard to believe. A few complaints about boats with loud exhaust and people fishing too close to their swimming platform were received.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers, boaters, ATVs, a littering complaint, trespass complaints, state park enforcement and taught Firearms Safety at the Hibbing/Chisholm MDHA Chapter Youth Day. The officer also worked on Lake Superior with other officers. Enforcement action was taken on angling without a license, OHV trespass, operate motor vehicle on a state trail, excessive speed, and a number of boating violations.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) handled a report of a road killed bear. The carcass was turned over to the staff at the Laurentian Environmental Learning Center and will be used for educational purposes. CO Frericks spoke to a firearms safety class of 77 students also at the Laurentian. Area lakes were patrolled. Numerous contacts were made with Jet Ski operators on area lakes. Enforcement action was taken for operating unregistered watercraft and operating a personal watercraft within 150’ of swimmers and non-motorized watercraft.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) working boating and angling on Lake Vermilion over the week and encountered many violation of angling without a license and expired boat registration. A complaint of loud boat noise on Vermilion was also looked into. Fredin received a report of a cougar sighting outside of Hoyt Lakes.

International Falls # 2 – vacant.

Ray – vacant.

Tower – vacant.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Sean Williams (Ely) assisted Officers on Lake Superior over the weekend as a part of the Great Lakes task force. Fishing reports were slow with a few lake trout and very little luck with salmon. Violations included fishing license not in possession, angle with extra line, and taking fish out of season.

 

CO Marty Stage (Ely) checked fishermen and ATVs in the area. Time was spent working on equipment and handling calls about beaver problems, deer hunting, bear baiting, and other fall things. The summer is winding down and the weather has been nice.

 

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) took calls on a loon stuck in a water-filled gravel pit, vehicles stored near a public lake access and bears behaving hungrily. The officer also followed up on cases from last month’s work detail in the BWCA. CO Manning was pleased to hear that the group of young men who packed in about 100 cans of beer and soda plus a couple glass bottles of alcohol also packed the containers out, thereby avoiding a litter ticket in addition to the illegal containers in the BWCA ticket they already earned.

 

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked mainly angling and ATV enforcement. Fishing has slowed and with it has been a rise in folks using extra lines. One trout angler was found using an extra line and live minnows. Public access issues were dealt with. Enforcement action for the week consisted of angle with extra lines, live minnows on a trout lake, and ATV operation on a state highway.

 

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking anglers on Superior, inland lakes and monitored ATV riders. The Officer worked a Great Lakes Task Force shift with Officer Williams on Lake Superior. The weather this past week was nice for fishing on the big lake, but the salmon bite has been slow. Some nice Lakers were seen in the bag. Enforcement action was taken for extra lines, unlawfully possess steelhead, ATV and OHM violations.

 

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked ATV, fishing, and invasive species enforcement efforts during the week. The bug activity seems to less making it more enjoyable for campers in the area. A nuisance wolf complaint was handled and a dumping complaint was also investigated.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked anglers and boaters, worked a litter complaint, and patrolled for illegal ATV and OHM activity. Enforcement action was taken for angling without license in possession.

 

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) checked anglers, worked boating enforcement, ATV activity, and patrolled campgrounds and recreation areas. He also assisted with a motor vehicle crash and handled various wildlife calls.

 

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) assisted with a K-9 demo in Barnum, monitored OHV activity and assisted the county with a K-9 track. Enforcement action was taken for operate ATV on roadway, no tail light on ATV and fail to display valid registration on ATV.

 

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) spent time working off-road vehicle enforcement this past week on the Mesabi bike trail. Complaints of ATVs and other recreational vehicle traffic driving on the bike trail come in throughout the summer months. These types of vehicles are not allowed to travel on the bike trail. She also spent time checking boating and angling activity in the area.

 

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked angling activity with fish beginning to be found deep with the rapidly warming water temps. CO Sutherland took enforcement action on one group from Indiana who forgot to count how many bluegills were in their livewell. They were cited for overlimit and reminded to double check their livewell well before they might think they have their limit.

 

CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent most of last week checking anglers and boaters on area lakes and river. Time was also spent checking ATV operators and invasive species law compliance. Enforcement action was taken for operating ATVs on roadway and operating watercraft while intoxicated.

 

CO John Velsvaag (Region 2 ATV officer) checked ATV activity in Lake and St. Louis counties. CO Velsvaag took several complaints of illegal boat access parking and took questions about no preference points for the wolf lottery.  CO Velsvaag also received a complaint on illegal burning.

 

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked aquatic invasive species, wetland, sport fishing, off-highway vehicle (OHV), and aquatic plant management activities. Enforcement action was taken for boat registration violations, for OHV registration and operation violations and for removing aquatic vegetation without a permit. A bobcat was seized. CO Arhart also checked for early bear baits, worked a special Great Lakes detail and worked the Enforcement booth at the Minnesota Trapper’s Convention at Barnum. Many questions about the upcoming deer hunting seasons were answered. Some youth were also certified in trapper education.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) spent much of the week checking anglers and boaters. Time was spent on Lake Superior as weather conditions drew large numbers of anglers. ATV complaint areas were worked and public accesses were worked for AIS violations.

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) spent a lot of time on the water checking both anglers and boaters throughout the week. Insufficient number of PFDs was a problem seen too often as people appear to be a little less safety conscience during warm weather. A personal floatation device is required for every person on a watercraft. A moose that was hit and killed by a train was recovered and its carcass was handed off to biologists for study. Angling with extra lines, insufficient PFDs and angling without a license were a few of the violations encountered during the week.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) worked area anglers on shore and on area lakes, including Lake Superior and the St. Louis River. Enforcement action was taken during the week on violations including, multiple line angling, no angling licenses in possession, unregistered watercraft and watercraft safety equipment, including PFDs, fire extinguishers, and no audible sound producing device. Time was spent working with the St. Louis County SWCD, on a garbage and pollution complaint.  Follow-up was done on an ATV complaint and time was also spent investigating a dispersed camping site complaint.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked boating and angling activity in the area over the past week. Enforcement action was taken for license violations. Further investigation into a litter violation at an area public access turned into trips to jail for two people. One who had an outstanding warrant and another for giving a false name and date of birth and also possessing a felony amount of drugs. The annual Minnesota trapper’s association convention was worked in Barnum over the weekend. Several questions were answered and a K9 demo was done for the event highlighting the DNR K9 unit.

WREO Mike Scott staffed an information booth with Minnesota Sea Grant at the Grand Marais Fisherman’s Picnic discussing AIS concerns and issues with the public. Lots of great questions and interest noted. Two great days of weather in the Duluth area brought out the boats and anglers on Lake Superior and area lakes. Fishing and boating activity was high and those talked to were enjoying the days. Enforcement action was taken for no fishing license, insufficient life jackets on watercraft, fail to display registration and fishing with extra lines.  Several wetland violations were completed with certificates of satisfactory completion issued. As a result of those certifications several deed restrictions on private properties were lifted.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

Sgt. Keith Olson (Marine Unit) spent time checking anglers and boaters on Lake Superior. The fishing was spotty with lake trout making up the largest share of the bag. Boulder Lake was checked, checked Indian Lake State Forest campground for loud noise complaints and followed up on nuisance animal complaints.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) spent an evening near the TIP trailer at the Crow Wing County Fair answering several questions from fair-goers. She completed work on a waterfowl out of season case and responded to a couple of complaints of garbage burning. CO Peterson spent time patrolling area lakes finding several folks out recreating on the water with the nice weather. She also assisted Aitkin County by responding to an unconscious female along a county road.

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) checked anglers this past week with so-so success being reported by anglers on area lakes. Officer Lee received a call of a black bear doing damage to bird feeders and garbage cans. The property owner was advised of options, and to call if this did not end the problem or other problems arose from the bear. Officer Lee also received a call from a party reporting possible violations regarding public waters. Upon investigation no violations pertaining DNR waters issues, but possibly county zoning issues had been violated. Information was turned over to Crow Wing County Zoning for further investigation. Officer Lee attended the Crow Wing County Fair sitting at the DNR booth. Time was spent answering questions, and explaining to fair goers Conservation Officer duties around MN. Enforcement action this past week was taken for boating safety violations on the Whitefish Chain.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled the Whitefish Chain for boating and angling activity. CO McGowan also worked an informational booth at the Crow Wing County Fair.  Numerous questions were answered for the upcoming hunting seasons. Enforcement action was taken for numerous boating violations.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) spent time at area boat accesses monitoring aquatic invasive species, followed up on TIP calls of possible fish overlimits and boat owners refusing to be inspected by landing inspectors. Nuisance beaver permits were issued, recreational boaters were checked on area lakes, and the officer answered questions at the county fair DNR booth.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, boating and AIS enforcement during the week. He also assisted other DNR personnel with a lakeshore issue.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports that he worked on fishing enforcement this past week.  The sunfish and bass continue to be the most active fish. Complaints of pan fish over limits on the Crow Wing River and wanton waste of carp and suckers were investigated. He also worked on boating enforcement and safety. No lights after sunset, PWCs operate within 150 feet of shore and after hour operation were detected. Complaints of ATVs in the Pillsbury Forest and litter was received and investigated.

CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area) monitored AIS compliance, angling, boating safety and trail use and construction site security in the Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area. He also increased patrol and enforcement of facility closing at 10 pm, and cited a person for dumping household trash in rec. site trash bin.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked heavy watercraft and boating enforcement. Numerous watercraft owners were out enjoying the lakes area. Officer Guida assisted a local police department in locating a vehicle that was observed driving recklessly. Equipment inspections were performed. Miscellaneous animal complaints were handled including questions regarding dead loons, dead eagles, and nuisance raccoons. Officer Guida also arrested a drunken boater off an area lake.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked lake activity including PWC and slow-no-wake complaint areas. Angling activity was still fair for the middle of summer but included some license violations. Verkuilen also worked ATV traffic and assisted at the county fair DNR booth.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) traveled to Duluth to assist the Lake Superior marine unit; some anglers had luck with trout and salmon. The officer conducted commercial bait dealer inspections and no issues were found. A wetlands complaint was fielded and investigated. Anglers on Mille Lacs Lake reported catching a large amount of 8 to 10 inch walleye which is promising for the future. Enforcement action was taken for angling with an extra line, angling without a license in possession, juveniles operating ATVs without helmets, no ATV safety training, no ATV registration displayed, expired OHM registration and several PWC violations.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports continuing field training with a COC. He spent several days checking fishermen for fishing licenses and other fishing and boating related activities on Mille Lacs Lake. Time was spent on education and enforcement of AIS on Mille Lacs Lake. He also responded to a TIP complaint regarding a wetland violation. He found a violation including excavating and filling within a wetland. While investigating the wetland violation he took enforcement action near Soo Line Trail for a juvenile riding on an ATV without a helmet. He took a call regarding an injured Canada goose that was suffering from two injured wings.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) checked anglers and enforced the AIS laws. Speldrich received complaints regarding nuisance beaver and injured wildlife complaints. She also prepared forfeited items for the upcoming state auction.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) found fishing pressure and success to be very light. Muskie fishermen are finding some aggressive fish, but do not seem to be hooking up with them.     CO Starr assisted a beginner FAS Instructor with the class presentation and also gave the law/ethic talk. Volunteer instructors are a definite asset to the DNR and very appreciated.     Enforcement action was taken on boat registration and ATV violations.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) and a COC continued to find activity out on area lakes.  Anglers have been finding a fairly good crappie bite and water-skiers have enjoyed lake surface temperatures that have finally reached the upper 70s. Complaints investigated included livestock getting killed by wolves and a bear being shot out of season. One investigation found an individual that had illegal possession of a bear head and paws.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) checked anglers and boaters through the week. He took numerous calls on nuisance animals including bears, beavers, and skunks. CO Wynn worked ATV complaint areas in and around the Chengwatana State Forest, and also checked areas of the Snake River. The first questions about the upcoming hunting seasons are beginning to come in. Be sure to pick up a new hunting regulations booklet or print one out from the DNR website.

WREO Rob Haberman worked AIS enforcement around the Brainerd and Mille Lacs areas. Several individuals where talked to about Minnesota’s AIS laws. WREO Haberman also assisted with an ATV crash near Aitkin and a natural gas line break near Cross Lake.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) checked angling and watercraft activities. Areas were checked for OHV activity. The main focus was investigating wetland violations.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week checking angling activity, boaters and checking for AIS violations. Assistance was also provided to APM staff with weed roller checks. While checking weed rollers a hydraulic jet was found on a dock that had made a hole in the lake bottom that was approximately 8 inches deep. CO Silgjord would like to remind lake shore owners that it is illegal to alter the course, current or cross section of public water without a permit. Lake shore owners should be familiar with the current laws and regulations affecting these machines prior to their use. A TIP trailer was also secured for the Stearns County Fair. Time was spent answering questions and hearing concerns from area fair goers.

CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) worked off-highway motorcycle and ATV enforcement in and around the Carlos Avery WMA. She worked AIS at area accesses and handled injured animal calls. CO Kruse worked fishing and boating enforcement on area lakes, worked on a litter case and checked on a wetland complaint. Violations included insufficient PFD’s, operate OHM in a WMA, over speed limit in a WMA, failure to pull boat drain plug, extra lines and no fishing license.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling activity. The officer fielded calls concerning beaver and loons.

 

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers this past week. CO Mies worked on several calls dealing with PWC, wetland, boating and fishing. CO Mies helped out by working at the Stillwater Bridge.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked boaters, anglers and invasive species enforcement. Time was spent assisting with the Albany ATV safety class. Thesing worked on division training.

WREO Keith Bertram spent the week working AIS compliance in Todd and Isanti counties. Public waters cease and desist and restoration orders were served in Stearns County. Several fishermen were checked and time was also spent at the Stearns County Fair answering questions about AIS and upcoming hunting seasons.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) found three 12 year olds operating PWCs in a careless manner, a parent and owner of the PWCs sat on shore watching. When contacted by CO Kuske the person stated he knew it was illegal for them to operate but the kids wanted to ride. A citation was issued to the parent for allowing illegal operation. DNR aircraft found a potential wetland violation and when CO Kuske investigated on the ground he found a road that had been built through a swamp and a property owner burning shingles along with other prohibited materials. A person was stopped for operating a Class 2 ATV in the traffic lane of a county highway. Including the illegal operation, the person was also cited for not having an ATV safety certificate. A nuisance beaver complaint was received and a special trapping permit was issued. A young guy was wading in the shallows with some friends; he finished his cigarette and flicked the butt into the lake. As he turned to walk up onto shore he was surprised to see CO Kuske standing there watching, a litter ticket was issued while his friends cleaned up the area. After dealing with the stench of burning garbage for more than a year, several residents got together, contacting CO Kuske to pay a visit to their neighbor and put an end to his illegal habit. Enforcement action was taken and the person said he would get rid of the burn barrel. More reported sightings as an escaped game farm elk continues to roam in the Buckman area.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) followed up on a call of a large amount of black smoke coming from a farmyard. It was found that the person was burning metal, windows, rubber hoses and a hot water heater. Enforcement action was taken for burning prohibited materials. Class 2 ATVs (side by sides) continue to be stopped that are driving illegally down the lane of traffic and with youth under 18 years old riding with no helmet on. This has been a common problem in the area. Nuisance beaver calls were handled and questions on the new deer hunting regulations that just came out.

St. Cloud – vacant.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Angela Londgren (Princeton) had a law enforcement student as a ride along, confirmed a wolf killed calf, checked boaters/anglers, enforced invasive species regulations at public accesses, investigated wetland complaints, and patrolled state and federal lands. Officer Londgren also took complaints on nuisance bears and coyotes.

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) continued the Field Training process with a COC. Regulatory checks were conducted on shore anglers throughout local area lakes and rivers. Fishing activity has decreased over the past week; shore anglers were sparse and those present reported an extremely slow bite. Boating activity was also slow throughout the week, this included both fishing and recreational. Although some wake restrictions still remain, most have been lifted. CO Reller and the COC responded to a TIP call on Clear Lake where three males were suspected to be taking an over-limit of fish. The boat and the suspects were gone on arrival. A wetlands violation was reported and addressed; this is in-process and will continue to be monitored. Throughout the week, several questions from the public were fielded concerning current regulations on fishing. Enforcement action was taken for watercraft operation and angling, with citations being issued for angling w/o a license, taking wild animals while license privileges are revoked and failure to display valid registration on a watercraft. Also, CO Reller and the COC assisted Wright County with a warrant arrest which resulted in a citation being issued for driving after suspension.

 

CO Todd Langevin (Center City) reports checking anglers on area lakes and rivers. Most anglers were not having much success, only panfish and a few northerns. CO Langevin also checked many boaters for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) and related issues. Violations included no license in possession, no wearable PFD and failure to remove drain plug.

 

CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked anglers and boaters during the week. Fishing success has slowed some as water temps are around 80 degrees on the surface. Enforcement action was taken on operating a watercraft without required amounts of life preservers.

 

CO Travis Muyres (Cambridge) worked AIS enforcement in Isanti County. CO Muyres also responded to a fishing TIP on Goose Lake.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) worked security at the St .Croix River bridge project. Several nuisance and injured animal calls were handled. Anglers and boaters were checked on area lakes and rivers

CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the checking anglers and monitoring boating activity. CO Grewe responded to TIP complaints and nuisance animal complaints. Violations included license issues.

CO Tony Salzer (Osseo) patrolled Hennepin County for angling activity. CO Salzer assisted with a firearms safety class in Maple Plain. Salzer received a call for a possible wetland violation in western Hennepin County.

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked shore fishermen and boaters in the metro area lakes and rivers. He followed up with the pesticide application in Spring Lake without a permit and issued a beaver permit in Scott County. He also worked the Stillwater Bridge detail on St. Croix River and returned phone calls to the Asian community on upcoming deer hunting and small game hunting regulations.

Bloomington – vacant.

Mound – vacant.

Prior Lake – vacant.

District 14 – East Metro area

WREO Adam Block (Metro) focused on AIS enforcement throughout the week. A wetland site inspection was conducted in Lake Elmo. A ride along was also given to a person interested in pursuing a career as a Conservation Officer.

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked anglers around the metro lakes and rivers throughout the week and worked boating enforcement. He spent sometimes working AIS enforcement with neighboring Conservation Officers during the week and patrolled state parks. CO Pril also responded to a couple of tip complaints, handled injured animal calls and spoke at a firearms safety class in Eagan.

CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) attended an AIS meeting in Washington County and spoke to a firearms safety class at the Oakdale Gun Club. CO Arntzen continued checking anglers, watercraft users and doing AIS enforcement. He also handled nuisance animal calls and worked TIP complaints. Enforcement action for the week included failure to remove drain plug, angling without a license and no State Park vehicle permit.

Eagan – vacant.

Hastings – vacant.

Maplewood – vacant.

Metro Officer – vacant.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) spent the week checking area anglers and boaters.  Numerous questions regarding the 2014 deer season were fielded throughout the week.  Fishing continues to be slow on area lakes.

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working ATVs, anglers, and invasive species.  The bite remains only fair on most area lakes. Young ATV operators and young passengers without helmets remain a problem this summer.

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) staffed the TIP trailer at the Chippewa County Fair. Questions regarding the use of OHVs were answered. You must check with your local authorities because ordinances regarding OHV use in counties and municipalities may vary.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working ATV, fishing, boating, AIS, and state park enforcement. ATV activity picked up over the weekend with the end of the Ag Zone ditch restrictions. An illegal burn was investigated with enforcement action being taken and the local fire department being paged out. Preparation work was also done for the DNR tent at Farm Fest, August 5-7th.

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked anglers and boaters during the week. OHV activity was monitored at the Appleton OHV Park. Angling and boating violations were encountered.

CO Doug Lage (Marshall) contributed to a local radio station’s weekly outdoors show.  Goose hunting is about to start in the area with some scouting going on.

WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) issued two WCA restoration orders in Renville County. An AIS K-9 demonstration was completed in Stearns County. AIS checks and issues were addressed on area lakes and rivers. Public waters/shoreland issues were addressed with the owner on Lake Shetek.

Benson – vacant.

Madison – vacant.

Redwood Falls – vacant.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) gave instruction at a youth firearms safety training class. He investigated a case of waterfowl shot during the closed season and illegal burning incidents.  The remainder of the week was spent on fishing, boating, AIS, ATV and WMA activities.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) worked on area lakes, checking boaters and anglers. She responded to a TIP call resulting in an over limit of bass and an over limit of sunfish. She and a neighboring officer investigated a TIP call of an injured Canada goose. She also assisted Eco/Waters with a shoreline issue.

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on nuisance beaver and injured eagle calls. He checked watercraft for compliance with AIS laws. He also followed up on public waters complaints.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked watercraft and angling activity. A roadside count for the Division of Wildlife was conducted. Despite ideal conditions for seeing pheasants only one hen was observed in 25 miles.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked throughout the week checking anglers, enforcing boat and water safety rules and ATV patrol. Gruhlke also discussed area activity, deer season license information and time spent at the Jackson County Fair with KKOJ/KRAQ. He also completed two August roadside count routes throughout Jackson County.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) spent time working ATV and boating enforcement in the area this week. Officer found several recreational boaters and jet skis out enjoying the warm temperatures. CO Oberg advised boaters on AIS laws. CO Oberg also assisted DNR Waters with an issue on a local lake.

Litchfield – vacant.

Willmar #1 – vacant.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the majority of the past week checking anglers, boaters, and ATV riders. Additional time was spent monitoring AIS compliance at area Public Water Accesses.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week working angling, boat & water safety, AIS enforcement, and recreational vehicle activity. A cease and desist order was served for a public waters violation. Requests from the public seeking information were returned.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) focused on AIS enforcement this past week. ATV activity was monitored. The officer also spent time on area rivers checking anglers and boaters.

WREO Julie Siems (SE) worked AIS enforcement and followed up on WCA complaints.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) worked angling and boat & water activity during the week. A male was observed dumping litter in a county park & enforcement action taken. Assistance was given to a local Sheriff’s Office & Rescue Units where a small float plane crashed on an area lake.

Albert Lea – vacant.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working state grant and aid ATV trails. Activity was high as the weather cooperated. Compliance was good as well. Violations encountered were failure to display valid ATV registration and operate in closed area. Time was also spent answering questions on the upcoming deer season. Hunters are encouraged to check the regulations in the areas they hunt before the season starts. CO Boyum also attended a FAS field day in St Charles. Hats off to the instructors there as they do a great job!

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers and boaters during the week. Some anglers were doing well with limits seen taken. Heyn also had court on a case from last fall and the defendant was found guilty.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports continuing field training of a COC. Officers saw success with most anglers as fishing continues to pick up on the Mississippi River.  Officers also spent time educating on AIS laws and transportation of fish at area boat launches. Enforcement action taken for the week included, boating safety, and fishing violations.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) and a COC continue to work together. They spent most of the week on the river checking fishing, boating, and AIS. They continue to get wildlife calls including rattlesnakes in yards and a woodchuck found at a service station under a car hood. They also attended a local firearms safety class.

CO Phil George (Rochester) continued field training. Officer George and a COC checked boating, angling, and ATV activity. Several no angling licenses and extra line violations were discovered along with some boating violations.  A complaint of an illegal net set in a river was taken and a laws and ethics talk was conducted at an Advanced Hunter Education class.

Rochester #2 – vacant.

Training Section

Planning is ongoing for this year’s training activities, including ordering equipment and supplies and reserving training areas at Camp Ripley.

Aviation Section

CO/Pilot Chris Lofstuen flew multiple Creel Survey missions over Leech Lake. Lake photo missions were flown for Wildlife around Cokato, Montrose and Monticello. Several potential APM violations were noted, photographed, marked by GPS and will be forwarded for follow up. Ferry flights were also flown for aircraft maintenance and phone calls from the public requesting information were fielded.

 

NR pilot Luke Ettl (Grand Rapids) flew a Lake Vermilion creel survey.

 

CO Pilot Bob Geving flew sketch mapping and oak wilt photo flights in the Mora, Cambridge, and Rush City areas. Geving also flew a couple photo missions for possible public waters and wetland violations.

CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports two WCA photo flights flown in area counties. In between sites, Jensen landed on various lakes to check anglers. Jensen also flew a fisher telemetry flight. Hangar duties and safety program planning were handled at Camp Ripley.

Water Resource Enforcement Officers

WREO reports are now placed within district reports.

Enforcement Education

Please check the DNR WEB SITE at www.mndnr.gov for a current class listing of all DNR Enforcement Education Courses and instructor training sessions

 

If you missed a fall class and are over 18, check on-line for Adult Home Study or On-Line course information is also located at www.mndnr.gov.

Please check the DNR WEB SITE www.mndnr.gov  for a current class listing of all DNR Enforcement Youth Snowmobile Safety Courses and instructor training sessions. Adult Snowmobile Safety Training CDs are available by calling 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR.

Youth ATV Courses (12 to 15 years old) class postings for around the state are posted on the web site at www.mndnr.gov.  Students are reminded that they must complete the CD portion of the course before attending the classroom portion of the course. Youth/Adult ATV Safety Training Course CDs are available by calling 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR

Reminder—anyone born after December 31st, 1979 cannot purchase a license to hunt in Minnesota without first taking a DNR Safety Training Course and receiving a certificate.  In addition many states have even more stringent mandatory Hunter Education requirements.  Check before you go!!!

Reminder—Any resident born after December 31st, 1976, who operates a snowmobile in Minnesota, must possess a snowmobile certificate.  Two options are available to complete certification. Ages 11 and older can attend the traditional youth course.  Those 16 or older can take the at home CD course.

Reminder—Anyone born after July 1st, 1987, who operates an ATV on public lands and waters in Minnesota, must successfully complete the ATV Safety Training CD course.  Persons under age 16 must complete the ATV CD Course and riding component before riding on public lands. Youth/Adult ATV Training CDs are available by calling 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR.

SCHEDULED INSTRUCTOR TRAINING SESSIONS

If you are 18 or older and would like to become an instructor for Snowmobile Safety, ATV Safety, Firearms Safety, Trail Ambassador or one of the Advanced Hunter programs, contact your local Conservation Officer or Regional Safety Training officer.  Instructor clinics are scheduled throughout the state and are listed on the DNR Website.

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STAFF NOTES:

Northwest RTO Jon Paurus worked on revisions to various training materials throughout the week. An instructor certification class was completed in Walker. Assistance to the local field officers was provided on a wildlife complaint. Numerous instructors were contacted regarding maintaining course consistency with the DNR education programs.

NE RTO Shelly Patten made a presentation about Conservation Officer Careers to Northome summer school students. Patten worked on revisions to the Firearms Safety written exam.  Patten worked on various Firearms Safety related issues in the NE – including class registration, field day course, student behavior and instructor training. Patten also worked on revisions and updates to Instructor training for Hunter Education and Firearms Safety.

West Central RTO Frank Rezac reports planning for upcoming Firearms Safety Instructor certification training, reviewing training material, and planning for upcoming Instructor appreciation events. Thursday he assisted with employee ATV training in Brainerd.

Northeast Metro RTO Bruce Lawrence attended a meeting in St. Paul to pass along information for processes in safety training into creating a new records management system for DNR enforcement staff. RTO Lawrence assisted Bald Eagle gun club volunteer firearms safety staff with a hands-on field day for students participating with online firearms safety course. The course was sponsored by MN waterfowl association from the east metro. RTO Lawrence spent time contacting instructors on firearms safety field day requirements for fall classes. RTO Lawrence completed a site visit with a firearms safety Instructor group to discuss options for including hunting scenarios to fit their field day site and help in enhancing their overall field day.

Southern RTO Dan McBroom spent most of the week working with HEFAS instructors that have upcoming classes. The goal is to make sure we are meeting all the goals and objectives of the training. Time was also spent setting up training for new instructors at a few locations.

Recreational Vehicle Coordinator Leland Owens last week took part in a class for DNR employee ATV Instructor course. This was a multi-agency class that teaches ATV safety on the job to new employees and acts as a refresher for long time employees. Owens also reviewed updates/changes to OHV regulations booklet. Preparation work for upcoming instructor clinics was handled. He worked the field over the weekend checking anglers, boaters and ATV riders. Violations witnessed included angle with one extra line, angling license not in possession and fail to display valid registration.