Bonus Deer Permits Allowed in Only 7 Deer Permit Areas

 

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From the DNR:

Hunters in most of the state are not allowed to use bonus permits to take antlerless deer during the 2014 season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

41913 - doe“Bonus permits are only allowed in seven of 129 deer permit areas this year,” said Maj. Greg Salo, DNR Enforcement Division operations manager. “You cannot use a bonus permit to tag a deer if it was harvested outside of these seven areas.” Salo added that bonus permits are also allowed in some special hunts and encouraged hunters to review the regulations as described in the 2014 regulations synopsis.

Permit areas that allow use of bonus permits in 2014 are:

  • Intensive deer areas 182, 346 and 349.
  • Managed deer areas 114, 287 and 343.
  • The metro deer area 601.

By design, more deer will be off limits this year as a one-deer bag limit rules most of the state and opportunities to take more than one deer are few and far between. The DNR implemented these regulations to help increase Minnesota’s deer population.

Bonus antlerless permits are different than antlerless permits that can be used in lottery deer areas. In lottery areas, bonus permits are not allowed; however, hunters had until Sept. 4 to apply for a limited number of antlerless permits for these lottery areas, where the bag limit is one.

Hunters continue to have the option of harvesting one deer in a bucks-only, lottery or hunter choice area, and also using a bonus permit in an intensive or managed area, the metro area 601, or some special hunts. The bag limit in managed deer areas is two; the bag limit in intensive areas is five; and hunters in the metro permit area 601 can take an unlimited number of antlerless deer. But regardless of area or license type, an individual hunter can only take one buck per year.

For more information on deer hunting and to see a permit area map, see www.mndnr.gov/hunting/deer.

Weekly Game and Fish Violations

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“Enforcement action was taken for taking waterfowl during closed season, unsigned federal duck stamps, no HIP certification, no small game licenses in possession, transport loaded firearm onboard motorized watercraft and transporting zebra mussels on watercraft.” – Waconia

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked duck hunters on Lake of the Woods, Thief Lake WMA, Roseau River WMA, and area fields.  Good numbers of ducks are being encountered. The most common birds in the bag are ring necks, red heads, mallards, and widgeon. A rules and regulations presentation was given to a Roseau ATV safety class. Enforcement action was taken on a bow hunter for unlawful party hunting when he illegally put his wife’s tag on a deer he killed.  Other enforcement action for the week included hunters violating the 4pm closure for waterfowl hunting.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) continued field training with a COC. Time was spent working small game hunters in the surrounding WMAs and checking waterfowl hunters over the weekend. Time was also spent teaching safety classes and doing ATV enforcement. Violations this week included no ATV registration, consuming alcohol in a WMA, no license in possession, unsigned federal duck stamp, leaving hunting equipment in a WMA overnight, and driving ATV on a state highway

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) focused on waterfowl and small game hunting activities. AIS compliance was monitored.  A meeting and training were attended in St Paul and a complaint regarding a commercial minnow dealer was investigated with enforcement action taken.  Time was spent making preparations for an upcoming ATV safety class.   Violations encountered during the week included hunting waterfowl during closed hours and no name and address on a minnow dealer vehicle.

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 continued work on a fire case. Time was also spent checking waterfowl, archery deer, and prairie chicken hunters. Anglers were also checked. Violations included no PFDs, no angling license, and take smallmouth bass out of season.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked AIS, ATVs, leechers and waterfowl hunters. He responded to a car kill bear, assisted with a search for a man with a stolen handgun, monitored shining activity and also attended a sportsmen’s club meeting.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked small game and waterfowl hunters. With help of many volunteers, he also finished up a Firearms Safety field day for local kids.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) checked waterfowl hunters throughout the week. Hunters are reporting a mixed bag with more ring-necks starting to appear in the area. CO Vollbrecht investigated a complaint of shining and patrolled area trails for ATV activity. CO Vollbrecht worked a security detail for the annual state equipment auction. Time was spent checking waterfowl hunters at accesses for AIS compliance.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) monitored waterfowl and small game hunting throughout the week. Time was also spent working AIS. Officer Holt assisted with the DNR auction in Bemidji and patrolled ATV trails with neighboring officers.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports checking duck and archery deer hunters. Questions about the fall turkey season, recovering wounded deer from posted property and landowner deer licenses were answered. CO Vinton addressed the East Otter Tail Chapter of the Minnesota Darkhouse Association at their monthly meeting in New York Mills. The topic of AIS was discussed.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked waterfowl hunters, anglers and conducted some AIS checks. Walleye anglers reported a good bite and duck hunters ran out of mosquitoes to kill over the weekend. Complaints of clearing trees on public lands, permanent duck blinds on public waters and deer hunting over bait were worked.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking duck hunters and fishermen. Fishing activity slowed. More diver ducks were seen with the strong north winds. Time was also spent working on litter and waters issues.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked ATV activity on area trails. Small game and migratory waterfowl hunters were checked with hunters having fair success. Area waters were monitored for angling activity. CO Warren followed up on calls of possible hunting in closed area and injured cattle.

 

WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week focusing efforts on a background investigation on a CO Prep Candidate. Time was spent attending a Becker County AIS Symposium. Several fishermen and hunters were checked. Assistance was given to local law enforcement with an ATV complaint.

Moorhead – vacant.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reported fewer ducks and duck hunters over the weekend.  Some migrant birds were seen in the area but most of the blue wing teal vacated. Anglers continue to see good classic fall patterns develop with strong bites. Enforcement action for the week was related to angling, duck hunting, AIS, public waters, and wetland violations.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) worked with area schools setting up Snowmobile Safety classes for winter. Waterfowl hunters were scarce throughout the week but in force over the weekend. Trespass issues and nuisance beaver complaints were handled. Fishing still remains consistent in the area as well.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused efforts checking waterfowl, small game and deer hunters. Additional time was spent working AIS, online training and handling trespass complaints. Several questions have been handled regarding deer season and license options.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) investigated early shooting complaints and duck hunters trespassing. Several duck hunters were checked with only a few birds in the bag. Duck numbers were down from opening weekend and the officer has checked several waterfowl hunters missing PFDs while in duck boats.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) worked waterfowl and sport fishing activity this past week.  Additional time was spent coordinating a local FAS class. Lots of questions were answered regarding waterfowl season, nuisance animals, and deer hunting.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued step 3 field training with a COC. The officers continued to work waterfowl hunters noting a few new divers moving into the station. Additional time was spent checking archery deer and small game hunters, following up on open investigations involving aquatic vegetation and fishing, assisting local FAS instructors with an all-day range and field day in Alexandria, and investigating a dogs chasing deer complaint. Fishing, boating, and AIS activity was worked all week with fishing pressure remaining strong, and enforcement action taken again for Lake Osakis crappie overlimits. While investigating a fire, the officers assisted an elderly man with a call and coordination of a fire department response after he accidentally started his skid loader on fire. Unfortunately, the machine was a total loss.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on waterfowl hunting activity, wetlands and fishing enforcement with a COC. The officers worked the vacant Moorhead station.  A call in Pope County was handled about a person doing unpermitted work in a wetland area near Glenwood. The person also turned out was doing work within the state highway right-of-way without a permit as well. The Department of Transportation was contacted and the person has a very expensive mistake to fix. Time was spent checking waterfowl hunters in the vacant Wheaton station and issuing minnow transportation permits.  Anderson is working with the DNR Waters division to get a deteriorating dam fixed on Perkins Lake. Calls were fielded regarding nuisance beaver, firearms deer license questions and disabled hunter options/opportunities.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, waterfowl hunters, and bow hunters. Additional time was spent on a trespass case, answering questions about hunting regulations and grazing practices on Waterfowl Production Areas. Baumbarger attended a meeting in St. Paul, investigated a complaint in Stevens County, and monitored AIS compliance with boaters and waterfowl hunters.

Wheaton – vacant.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) answered many questions about the upcoming firearms deer season. He issued car killed deer permits, ATV permits and beaver permits. Several complaints were addressed and ATV operators and small game hunters were checked.  Enforcement action was taken for hunting without a license, ATV violations and permit to carry violations.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked hunters and ATVs. Trespass complaints came in and a reminder that any feed placed that may attract deer must be removed 10 days before you can hunt that area.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) reports while patrolling the area for irregularities, a pair of deer stands were found left overnight in a wildlife management area. Duck hunters reported good success over the week with a variety of birds. Several groups of fourth and fifth grade students were given a wildlife presentation on furs and various animals in Minnesota.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on sport fishing, boating, AIS, big and small game and waterfowl hunting and ORV activity. Nothing unusual to report. He handled a car killed moose. The animal was turned over to the area DNR Wildlife Office in Park Rapids. He also received a nuisance bear complaint.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked duck hunters, grouse hunters, and AIS related issues. Some redheads and scaup were seen coming through on the big water. Calls of excavating in public waters and damage to a state trail were also handled. Enforcement action was taken for unplugged gun, lead shot while duck hunting, hunt without stamps, transport migratory birds without wing attached, and AIS and ATV violations.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling, ATV, invasive species, small game hunting and waterfowl hunting activity. Angling and waterfowl hunting success was moderate. CO Broughten checked waterfowl hunters for compliance with AIS laws. CO Broughten also investigated complaints of shooting in closed hours, possible over limit of fish, hunter harassment, and deer baiting. Enforcement action included no angling license in possession and allowing illegal operation of an ATV by juvenile.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked grouse, duck and deer hunters, contacts were made for deer bait, untagged deer, and trespass. Halverson investigated a horse that was eaten by wild animals. Halverson gave law talk at Staples FAS class.

CO Colleen Adam (ATV REC) patrolled area forest roads and trails. She responded to a bear complaint and checked grouse hunters. The Officer discovered wetland violations and completed required training.

WREO Shane Siltala checked waterfowl hunters over the past weekend. Hunting success was limited with some wood ducks and mallards seen in the bag. Hunters and boaters were also checked for AIS law compliance on faucet snail infested waters. Officer Siltala also attended an AIS seminar in Detroit Lakes. He gave a presentation to a youth group on hunting and trapping laws and wildlife identification. Violations encountered for the week included no HIP certification.

Remer – vacant.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) continued training with a Conservation Officer Candidate (COC). CO Kittelson and the COC monitored boating, AIS, ATV use, angling, waterfowl and small game hunting. Calls for service this past week included a gray wolf depredation complaint, where a farmer claimed that wolves had taken one of his calves. Enforcement action for the week included failure to register a bear bait station and failure to register a bear within 48 hours of the harvest.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring forest roads and checking public access sites and beginning seasonal equipment transition. Equipment work continues as does computer work and returning phone calls.

CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports checking a few grouse hunters throughout the week and all reported seeing very few birds. A few muskie anglers were observed and said the fish were starting to get active.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent time checking duck hunters on Virginia area lakes. Most hunters report taking at least a few ducks, some even reported taking their limits. All duck hunters that CO Frericks came across were spoken to about the importance of removing all aquatic vegetation from their equipment prior to leaving the access. Area grouse hunters encountered and checked, report almost zero success. A majority of hunters told CO Frericks that despite being out on trails for hours, few if any birds were seen or even heard.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) worked waterfowl and grouse hunting the area. More grouse are being seen and a few ducks are being taken. Fredin encountered three hunters on a golf cart operating on a county road. They showed him two birds they had shot and asked what they were; they were identified as grebes. They also were found to have a loaded shotgun in the golf cart. Fredin took care of a cow and calf moose that were hit by a train.

International Falls # 2 – vacant.

Ray – vacant.

Tower – vacant.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports waterfowl hunting pressure was low, although weather conditions for duck hunting had improved. Officer Williams assisted District Officers with ATV enforcement on heavily used trails near the north shore. Violations included: fail to display current ATV registration and taking small game without blaze orange.

 

CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked grouse hunters and duck hunters. There were a few more grouse visible now that the leaves are gone and the cold weather brought a bunch of ducks down so it was a good weekend. Officers are again working reports of deer baiting.

 

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) attended meetings and training during the week. He took phone calls regarding blaze orange requirements for small game and beavers causing problems for roads and snowmobile trails.

 

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) worked a busy week checking grouse hunters and a few anglers. The officer also participated in a work detail on the trail systems in the Finland and Silver Bay areas; compliance was generally good and many riders were out enjoying the fall colors.

 

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked Lake Vermilion one day and again encountered several violations.  One out of state angler was angling with an extra line and in possession of a closed season smallmouth bass. He said he hadn’t bothered to look at the regulations in Minnesota, and he was also unaware of the walleye and northern slot limits on the lake. Other violations included walleye over limit, no type IV PFD, and no license in possession. The rest of the week was spent following up on complaints, answering public questions, preparing an upcoming presentation, completing a case report, and checking duck and grouse hunters.

 

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area small game hunting activity. Time was spent checking ATV trails. CO Schottenbauer worked an area duck hunting complaint and ATV work crew as well.

 

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking hunters, anglers and monitored ATV trails. The officer assisted the county with several calls, responded to wildlife calls and was involved in an ATV work detail in Lake County with area officers. Enforcement action was taken for hunting and ATV violations and transporting a loaded handgun in a motor vehicle.

 

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked waterfowl, invasive species, and big game enforcement activities during the week. Hunting activity increased with more birds being taken. Murray also assisted with a youth ATV course were kids were taught safe ATV operations and earned their certifications. A call of an injured eagle was also handled by the officer and several deer hunting questions were answered.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked grouse and waterfowl hunters, looked for aquatic invasive species compliance, answered questions about the firearms deer season, worked a shining complaint, and took care of a trespass call. Enforcement action taken for trespass and operating an ATV on a public highway.

 

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) checked anglers, worked small game, big game, waterfowl, and ATV activity. Violations included over-limits of ducks/geese, no license in possession, no small game license, ATV’s on the roadway,  ATV equipment violations, hunt in a game refuge, operate a motor vehicle in a closed area, uncased gun in a game refuge, youth w/o helmet, and waterfowl hunting w/o stamps.

 

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, worked waterfowl complaints, checked small game hunters and monitored bough harvesting activity. The recent cold weather and wind has knocked down the foliage in the area. Grouse hunters had better success. The weather also brought more waterfowl to the area. Enforcement action was taken for insufficient PFDs, no license in possession and transport aquatic vegetation.

 

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) spent time working on a background investigation for the division this past week. She also investigated a complaint of possible late shooting while duck hunting in the Prairie Lake area. She handled several calls about the upcoming firearms deer season. She took a complaint of possible illegal activity involving the cutting of boughs.

 

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked small game hunters in the area with some success had with the leaves falling fast. Enforcement action was taken on one group who had a grebe in their truck from the mornings duck hunt. The pied-billed grebe is a protected migratory bird that passes through the area on its way south like other migratory birds this time of year. Make sure of your target and be up on your species ID in those early morning low light conditions.

 

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, ATVs, waterfowl, small game and archery deer hunters. He also worked bough cutting permits and investigated a timber theft complaint.

 

CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) worked small game, big game, waterfowl, and ATV activity. Enforcement action was taken for unlawfully transporting loaded firearms and operating ATV on closed forest road.

 

CO John Velsvaag (NE Region ATV Officer) checked ORV and ATVers this past week. He also checked waterfowl and grouse hunters while conducting AIS checks. CO Velsvaag received calls on the upcoming water trapping season.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) completed training with a COC. Officers responded to TIP complaints of illegal ATV operation and enforcement action was taken. Officers worked AIS at public accesses and continued to check waterfowl hunters. Groups have been having some luck with many species seen.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent the majority of the week working grouse, waterfowl, and archery deer hunters. Several hours were worked educating waterfowl hunters on aquatic invasive species. A few nights were spent working complaint areas for night deer shining activity. Officer Duncan assisted with a big game violation that involved taking a bear illegally. A wolf control zone was monitored, many telephone calls were returned, and time was spent assisting a USFWS Special Agent with an investigation.  Officer Duncan also made arrangements for two moose to be salvaged after being hit by a train.

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) worked waterfowl hunters, archery hunters, small game hunters and ATV users during the week. Fail to report an incidental catch, hunt waterfowl with a gun capable of holding more the three shells, no small game license, no HIP endorsement, cutting trees on state property and littering are some of the violations found this last week.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) focused on waterfowl, big and small game enforcement.  Waterfowl hunters took advantage of inclement weather during the week with many mallards, teal, wood ducks, ringnecks and geese observed. Small game hunters reported better visibility in the woods with high winds removing some of the leaf cover. Patrols were made into the Fond Du Lac State Forest and local wildlife mgt. areas. Calls and questions continued to be received about upcoming deer season. CO Humphrey worked reports of deer shining and investigated the death of a collared timber wolf. Violations for no license in possession, waterfowl stamps, possessing lead shot and possession of drug paraphernalia were encountered.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) gave a talk to DNR Human Resources about the job duties of a CO specializing in the K9 unit. Waterfowl hunting showed some success on local lakes this past weekend. Most hunters were found to be in compliance with the law. After checking waterfowl hunters at one remote access, a pickup truck was found to be blocking the exit road. After waiting a short time and the truck still not moving, it was noticed that the cab was full of smoke. CO Staples approached the vehicle to see if they needed assistance and found that the occupants were smoking meth. The driver of the vehicle was taken to jail and is facing numerous drug charges. Complaints of ATV’s operating carelessly and illegally were investigated and enforcement action was taken for operating a class 1 ATV on the Road and no safety cert.  Training and paperwork continues for K9 unit activities.

WREO Mike Scott participated in Conservation Education Days, an educational program that has been sponsored by UMD Forestry at the UMD Forestry Center in Carlton County for the last 46 years. For two days, 5th grade classes from around Carlton County participated in the program learning about conservation as part of their educational science studies. A station for AIS education was staffed by Officer Scott, MN Sea Grant staff and a college student presenting educational information to 24 different 5th grade groups about AIS prevention and education. A commercial minnow harvesting training was conducted in Tower with DNR Ecological Services certifying several new groups for harvesting minnows and bait from infested waters. Continued work on a background investigation for the current CO Prep hiring program

Lake Superior Marine Unit

Sgt. Keith Olson (Marine Unit) checked small game hunters during the week. Hunters are reporting pockets of success for grouse in the woods north of Duluth. Officer Olson checked landings for the close of Lake Trout season on Lake Superior and followed up on a trespass complaint in Normanna Twp.

CO Matt Miller (Marine Unit) checked anglers wrapping up the 2014 lake trout season. An ATV detail was worked in the Finland area and an individual was found cutting his own trail system in an area State Park. A local Two Harbors resident was also found burning furniture in his back yard and creating quite a plume of black smoke. Enforcement action was taken for ATV, angling, burning and state park violations.

CO Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) checked waterfowl hunters, and AIS regulations during the week. The majority of the time was spent working on a background investigation for a conservation officer candidate.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) checked duck and grouse hunters and worked areas of deer shining activity. One duck hunter was in a small kayak with two large dogs, decoys, a gun, shells, a dead goose and a few ducks. He was very nervous when the Officer pulled up to him as he was afraid the dogs would react and swamp him. There were only a couple of inches of freeboard above the water. The one thing left out was a life jacket. He also said his 12-year-old son was on the river somewhere in a kayak without a life jacket as well. He was given paperwork to help him remember to bring them along next time to avoid a potential tragedy.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) checked waterfowl, archery deer, bear, and grouse hunters during the week. Shining and ATV activity was also worked. One ATV operator explained his reason for a loaded handgun was concern over a bear or wolf attack.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Cass County for angling and waterfowl hunting activity. Waterfowl hunters are finding a fair amount of birds around after the latest cold snap. Two anglers were cited for over limits, with one of the anglers 34 sunfish over his limit on a lake that has a special regulation of five sunfish. Enforcement action was taken for fish over limits, angle with extra lines, and numerous waterfowl hunting violations.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity focusing around the first week of the duck season. Numerous waterfowl hunters were checked throughout the week with success ranging from limits to no ducks taken per hunter. Other activity included responding to issues of deer baiting, trespass, checking fishing and bow deer hunting activity, and working a deer shining detail with other area officers. Enforcement contacts were made while checking duck hunters for no PFDs, unplugged shotgun, and toxic shot.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) worked big game enforcement. Duck hunters were checked and some calls regarding late shooting were investigated. Officer Guida continued working on a background investigation for the Division.

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) continued with field training with a COC. Officers checked small game hunters who were reporting so-so success. Officers also spoke with anglers this past week who were reporting a pretty good bite for walleye on the whitefish chain. Officers received a call in regards to possible baiting of deer. The area was known to officers, and is under investigation at this time. Officers assisted fellow officers with a detail targeting violations of shinning of deer. Officers also assisted with the search of a handicapped hunter who had become lost near the Cass and Crow Wing county line. The party was located, and except for being cold, was okay.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports that he worked on fishing enforcement this last week. The bite continues to be slow. He checked boats for AIS, violation detected were weeds on the trailer and zebra mussel attached to the weeds. He also worked on a report of a dock service provider violation. The complaint was the provider had been hauling lifts from Gull Lake without cleaning the sediment, weed and zebra mussel off of boat lifts. Complaints of vehicles on closed trails in the Pillsbury Forest and people shooting in restricted areas were investigated. The complainant reports that small game hunters are driving past closed motor vehicle road signs to go hunting. Horse campers in the forest were warned for illegal fires and to not pasture horses in the forested areas.

CO Amber Peterson (McGregor) spent time working waterfowl hunters, small game, bear, and archery hunters. CO Peterson assisted Aitkin County in a search for a lost hunter who heard the officers and was able to walk out to a squad car after a night in the woods. She worked a TIP of decoys left out on a lake where enforcement action was taken. She also spent time checking for compliance with invasive species laws with so many transporting water related equipment this time of the year.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked hunting activity where less leaves and cooler temperature resulted in improves success. Anglers were also checked doing well but contending with rough conditions. Verkuilen assisted with the search for a hunter and worked late hunting activity.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) checked anglers, waterfowl and big game hunters throughout the week. ATV activity was monitored in the area and Invasive Species checks were conducted. A pair of hunters were found transporting loaded shotguns on their ATVs and two grouse were seized in result; also, enforcement action was taken for operating a motorboat in a WMA.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working a shining detail with neighboring Officers over the weekend. The Officer checked quite a few duck hunters and small game hunters throughout the week and weekend. Assistance was given to the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office for a lost hunter that had spent the night in the woods. Luckily the hunter was able to walk out of the woods a short while after the search had started. Aquatic Invasive Species enforcement was done around several area waterfowl lakes. Please remember to clean, drain and dry when you pull your watercraft out of the water. Enforcement action was taken for various hunting violations.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) followed up on investigations and completed reports. Speldrich received calls regarding trespass and possible illegal shining activity. She also answered questions regarding nuisance beaver and completed required online training.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) continued training with a COC. The weather after the duck opener turned more “ducky” after the weekend, and moderate success was seen in the area. Officers found a swan that had been killed on Lake Onamia, which is being investigated. The officers worked a couple of illegal baiting cases and are still finding a high violation rate. Enforcement action was taken on illegal length fish on Mille Lacs, youth ATV violations, failure to validate deer tag, and an untagged deer. Officers assisted a neighboring officer with illegal motor use in the Mille Lacs WMA and patrolled for AIS violations.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) continued to check waterfowl hunters that were having pretty good luck harvesting wood ducks, teal, mallards and geese. An increase in grouse hunters have also been found trying their luck and many reported finding decent populations of grouse in certain areas. As fall hunting seasons open up, trespassing complaints have increased and hunters are urged to please respect property lines and put in the effort to obtain permission prior to hunting private property.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent time working bear hunters, waterfowl hunters, and ATV operators during the week. He spent time monitoring ATV traffic in the Chengwatana State Forest, checked anglers on Cross Lake and the Snake River, and spent time checking small game hunters in state forests lands and WMAs. CO Wynn ended the week following up on a littering complaint and worked a detail in the Willow River station.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked duck and archery hunters. A few ducks were seen but numbers were slim. Foliage remains somewhat heavy for grouse hunters. Time was spent assisting two counties looking for lost hunters. Both hunters spent the night in the woods and were found the following day unharmed. A reminder to hunters to prepare for the worst and pack items like a compass, GPS, matches and items to assist in building a shelter.

WREO Rob Haberman worked AIS enforcement around his assigned area. A lake service provider was issued a citation for transporting Eurasian milfoil on their trailer. WREO Haberman worked on wetland cases and public water cases. WREO Haberman also checked waterfowl and small game hunters.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent most of the week working waterfowl hunting activity. Hunters were still getting a mixed bag of birds. Cool temps and high winds blew in a variety of diver species. Violations for the week included no federal duck stamp, no state waterfowl stamp, no HIP certification, hunting waterfowl over bait and no license in possession. Time was also spent working big game violations during the week.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked duck, deer, and small game hunters. Time was spent also working on wetlands and AIS. Waterfowl success in the Albany area was fair with hunters bagging more mallards then last week. Deer baiting and illegal deer stands were investigated. Enforcement action for the week included unplugged shotgun, no hip, no license in possession, and illegal taking on non-game migratory birds.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) focused on fishing, waterfowl and administrative and training tasks. The officer worked a litter complaint and handled calls concerning turtles and burning permits. The officer found extra line violations and navigational light violations this week.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) concentrated on background investigations this past week. A complaint of dogs chasing deer was investigated. Work continued on open APM cases.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) handled a hunter trespass complaint where a neighboring land renter is trespassing on a farmer’s agricultural property to include stealing deer stands and putting up trail cameras. A call of an overfriendly bobcat was taken with the bobcat coming up onto the homeowner’s deck. CO Kuske assisted a neighboring officer with an illegal lend and borrow deer tagging case where mom gave the son her deer tag to use on the deer the son got archery hunting though the mother was not out hunting at the time. Enforcement action was taken with both parties involved.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) spent time working deer shining complaints in Morrison and Crow Wing counties. Assistance was given to D10 during a search for an overdue hunter. High winds this past week caused problems for docks and boat lifts on area lakes. One boat owner had his pontoon blow off the lift and drift across the lake. Duck hunters are having decent success especially on the smaller potholes and flooded agriculture fields.

WREO Keith Bertram spent the week working AIS and serving wetland restoration orders. An investigation was completed yielding an over limit of crappies and various snapping turtle violations. Duck hunters were also checked. The windy conditions appeared to bring new birds to the area as several ringnecks, bluebills, and canvasbacks were observed in hunters’ bags.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers this past week. CO Mies gave a law talk at the South Haven firearms safety class. CO Mies checked waterfowl hunters.

St. Cloud – vacant.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) investigated complaints of trespass and hunter harassment. Waterfowl hunters were checked with violations found for possession of lead, no PFDs, transport loaded firearms, and operating a motorboat in a wildlife management area. Contacts were made for illegal operation of OHMs.

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked TIP calls issued summons and written warnings for Deer hunting after legal hours , deer hunting over bait, no HIP certification, unsigned federal stamp, wanton waste, taking non-game waterfowl (trumpeter swans), possession of toxic shot in the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, and unplugged gun. A number of cases are under investigation.

 

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) spent most of the week checking waterfowl and small game hunters. Assisted with a car killed moose in Maple Lake that was unusual for this area of the state. Several TIP calls were also investigated. Waterfowl hunters coming in to boat accesses were checked for AIS violations, but most were in good compliance. Enforcement action was taken for transport loaded firearm in motorized vehicle, unplugged shotgun, no PFD in watercraft, failure to have license in possession

CO Todd Langevin (Center City) continued training with a COC. The Officers checked a large number of waterfowl hunters in the Carlos Avery.  The weather turned cold mid-week and fewer hunters were found, but the hunters who went out were still able to locate ducks.  They gave safety presentations at a Cub Scout meeting and a Firearms Safety Class.

 

CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) attended firearms instructor training at Hibbing Community College. The remainder of the week was spent checking small game hunters and waterfowl hunters. Ducks and geese are a bit shyer after opening weekend but several ducks and geese were seen in the bag.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) followed up on AIS violations found by watercraft inspectors. TIP calls on deer baiting cases were investigated. Watercraft were winterized for storage. Waterfowl hunters were checked all week in the south closed zone and central open zone. Enforcement action was taken for taking waterfowl during closed season, unsigned federal duck stamps, no HIP certification, no small game licenses in possession, transport loaded firearm onboard motorized watercraft and transporting zebra mussels on watercraft.

 

CO Tony Salzer (Osseo) patrolled for waterfowl activity. He also patrolled for angling activity in the West Metro area. He also continued to work on a background investigation.

 

CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking hunters and following up on complaints. CO Grewe assisted a neighboring officer with a complaint in his area and attended a district meeting.

 

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked small game and duck hunting activity in Scott County. He checked on an ATV trespassing complaint in a WMA in Scott County and followed up with AIS violations. He participated in a District 13 boat oil change at Ft. Snelling State Park and responded to a couple of TIP calls on duck hunters hunting in a closed season in the south zone. Officer Lee also took a call of hunting harassment in Dayton area and enforcement action was taken for illegal possession of geese, hunting duck in closed season, and fishing without a fishing license.

 

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) checked anglers in the Bloomington station and Fort Snelling State Park. He checked hunters in Carver and Scott counties. Violations found were angling with an extra line and hunting waterfowl in closed season.

Bloomington – vacant.

Mound – vacant.

Prior Lake – vacant.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent the week checking waterfowl, archery deer and small game hunters. CO Arntzen did a game farm inspection, responded to an injured loon, and handled nuisance animal calls. He also continued investigating TIP calls and a trespassing violation. Enforcement action for the week included no small game license, no state waterfowl stamp, unplugged gun and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) spent the week checking mostly archery and small game hunters. He responded to a couple of TIP complaints of people hunting ducks in the closed waterfowl zone. He continued checking anglers on the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers and responded to injured animal calls.

 

CO Brad Johnson (Ham Lake) reports that he checked hunters throughout the week. He investigated complaints of deer poaching in Coon Rapids and Ramsey. CO Johnson picked up a Bald Eagle that had been killed by a car in Coon Rapids. He also spoke to a firearms safety class in Andover, and signed complaints for the Columbus City Attorney.

 

CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) continued training with a COC. They talked to a firearms safety class in Arden Hills and two Minnesota Studies classes at North St. Paul High School. They worked on a license fraud case, handled a nuisance turkey in White Bear Lake and checked on a shoreline violation. They checked numerous waterfowl hunters in Anoka County and continued working on various ongoing cases.

 

WREO Adam Block (Metro) spent the week working AIS and wetland related activity. A site inspection on a wetland restoration was completed in Anoka County. WREO Block also spent time on a pre-employment background investigation and attended a meeting in St. Paul.

Eagan – vacant.

Hastings – vacant.

Maplewood – vacant.

Metro Officer – vacant.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Doug Lage (Marshall) completed his weekly radio show on KLOH radio. Fishing activities are picking up with cooler temps. Bow hunters are having limited success.  Trespassing questions regarding posting land have been the most frequently asked.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working waterfowl, small game, and archery deer hunters. Time was also spent monitoring activity on WMAs. Windy conditions slowed fall fishing activity. A meeting was attended in Marshall.

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked angling, archery deer hunting, and waterfowl hunting activity during the week. Waterfowl hunters were happy with the cooler temperatures and the variety of ducks in the bag. Diver ducks are showing up in the area. Waterfowl hunters are reminded to read up on the rules for transporting ducks and geese. Hunting and license violations were encountered.

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports that the cold and wind has brought new ducks into the area. Early shooting and no life jackets in duck boats were frequent violations. Officer Picht reminds waterfowl hunters that they, like all other boaters, must have life jackets on board.

WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) attended a District 15 meeting in Marshall. Officer Hanson attended a meeting with the county attorney on a WCA violation in Redwood County. Officer Hanson followed up on several WMA and PW cases.  AIS, duck hunters, turkey hunters and bow hunters were checked on WMA’s and private property.

Benson – vacant.

Madison – vacant.

Redwood Falls – vacant.

Worthington – vacant.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) continued to work waterfowl hunting. Gruhlke attended a meeting in St. Paul. He also discussed waterfowl opener during his weekly radio program with KKOJ/KRAQ. CO Gruhlke checked small game hunters as well.

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) continued to check waterfowl hunters with more diver ducks observed in the area. He checked anglers and ATV operators. He followed up on commercial activity.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) attended the Fairmont firearm safety class. AIS information and education was given to the county soil and water division, lakes associations and concerned citizens in Fairmont. Investigations were completed for an elk that was shot in southern Minnesota. Questions are coming in regarding numerous laws for the 2014 hunting season. Commercial investigations were completed.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) followed up on issues from the opening weekend of the waterfowl opener. She attended a firearm instructor school in Hibbing all week. She followed up with a snapping turtle issue near a local lake.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) gave a presentation at an ATV safety training class. He also received calls regarding illegal night hunting activity and inquiries regarding deer hunting and small game nuisances. CO Nelson worked primarily big game, angling, AIS and ATV enforcement.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) reports focusing on waterfowl enforcement again last week.  Hunters had good success with most able to bag around three ducks. Green wing teal, bufflehead, scaup, and canvasback showed up in the area. At one public water access CO Oberg had a few individuals that decided not to bring their licenses with, a boat without any PFDs and one hunter with an unplugged shotgun.

Litchfield – vacant.

Willmar #1 – vacant.

Windom – vacant.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked archery deer, small game, and waterfowl hunters. Fall hunting activity is picking up, with the weather cooling. Some corn was being picked, which could be a big benefit for the upcoming pheasant opener, but rain put an end to most harvesting activity.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) checked archery hunters, small game hunters, ATV activity and anglers in the area this past week. The officer also covered the law portion of a firearms safety class.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) checked anglers, boaters, as well as waterfowl, deer and small game hunters. Additional time was spent monitoring AIS compliance. A law and ethics presentation was also given to an area FAS class

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) worked angling, big game, small game, and migratory waterfowl activity during the week. Follow-up was conducted on a migratory waterfowl investigation & enforcement action taken.  A Ducks Unlimited banquet was attended and the DNR LaserShot was staffed at the event.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked waterfowl hunting, AIS, and angling activity. Time was also spent answering questions from the public and responding to nuisance wildlife questions. The officer also helped staff the LaserShot at a banquet in Owatonna.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week working small game hunting, archery (deer) hunting, and the Fall turkey hunting opener. Time was also spent giving a law and ethics presentation to a trapping education class in Spring Valley, and a radio interview to KAUS Radio in Austin. Special beaver permits were issued to address nuisance beaver complaints. Requests from the public seeking information were returned.

WREO Julie Siems working on background investigations. Waterfowl hunters were also checked and educated on AIS.

Albert Lea – vacant.

Mankato #1 – vacant.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending time checking anglers, small game hunters, archery hunters and responding to a TIP call of some closed season waterfowl hunters. Time was also spent responding to shining complaints and working on a complaint where an individual drove his 4-wheel drive truck into a trout stream and damaged the stream bank.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working a busy week and weekend on the big river. Sunfish, crappie, perch as well as walleye are biting with some limits being checked. Wetland, protected waters, invasives, and litter complaints were investigated with enforcement action being taken. Wisconsin hunters also did very well on ducks.

CO Phil George (Rochester) worked checking anglers and small game hunters. Complaints were taken about archery deer hunters using bait. Phone calls to the public were returned and areas were checked for ATV activity.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) attended a joint state and federal agency training session on a possible train derailment along the Mississippi River. He investigated a small game trespass complaint. Fishing is slowly improving on the river. Most species of fish are being caught. Many hunters asking questions about the special antlerless season being held in zone 349.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports checking turkey hunters out over the opening weekend. Success was fair to good and most hunters that had done some scouting bagged a bird. Time was also spent investigating baiting complaints and trespass complaints. CO Boyum spoke at a Youth Hunt Orientation and also checked a few fishermen as well.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly hunters and anglers during the week. Duck hunters are reminded to check the hunting regulations and not assume the same season as years past with the season split. Heyn also attended a border waters fisheries meeting and other meetings.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) reports good sunfish and crappie fishing along with some walleye checked. He investigated complaints of trespass and illegal deer hunting. Hemker also attended a firearms safety field day.

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 Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports a week of mostly ground based activity due to weather issues. Jensen did get a start on fish stocking operations in the BWCA. Jensen also flew a shining enforcement flight. In between flights, numerous hangar maintenance issues and safety review items were worked on.

 

Pilot/CO Chris Lofstuen flew several deer baiting as well as a wetlands violation photo flights. Bad flying weather created an opportunity to spend time with aviation training and quoting some aircraft maintenance. A shining flight was also flown with CO/Pilot Jensen out of Brainerd.

 

CO Pilot Bob Geving attended a district meeting, worked on aircraft maintenance issues and continued to prepare for an upcoming FAA check ride.

 

NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew a Bemidji duck survey and a night training flight. Weather canceled some flights and the aircraft is in for a 100 hour inspection.

NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) completed admin tasks, and aircraft maintenance. A flight was cancelled due to weather.

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:

NE RTO Shelly Patten attended a meeting at Camp Ripley. Work continues on updating the instructor training process and materials. Patten also assisted with a firearms safety class in the Northeast Region.

West Central RTO Frank Rezac reports assisting instructors with equipment needs and planning for upcoming instructor training. Wednesday he attended an RTO meeting at Camp Ripley.  Use of Force instructor training material was also reviewed and calls returned regarding regulation questions.

NE Metro RTO Bruce Lawrence attended meeting at Camp Ripley with other regional training officers. RTO Lawrence met with members of a local MDHA chapter to show the Carlos Avery field day site for upcoming youth field day training. RTO Lawrence continues to work on changes to instructor training. RTO Lawrence answered calls regarding waterfowl season and the upcoming trapping season.

SW Metro Kevin Neitzke attended a snowmobile safety CD instructor clinic with RTO Owens at the Lakeville Gander Mountain. He assisted with a youth firearms safety class in NE Minneapolis. RTO Neitzke patrolled for waterfowl hunters with CO Pril. He reviewed the youth on line firearms safety course. He also attended an RTO meeting at Camp Ripley.

Southern RTO Dan McBroom spent most of the week working on changes to the precertification process for new DNR safety instructors. Time was also spent at an RTO meeting at Camp Ripley.

Recreational Vehicle Coordinator Leland Owens last week attended the Regional Training Officers meeting at Camp Ripley. He taught a Snowmobile Safety Instructor Clinic one night in Lakeville. Work on the 14-15 Snowmobile Regulations booklet was completed and they went to print last week. Owens also took care of Off-Highway Vehicle advisory council planning/updates. Planning for upcoming DNR Employee ATV Safety training continued along with other work planning. Numerous emails and phone calls regarding ATV/Off-Highway vehicle questions were addressed as well.

Early Antlerless Season Open In SE, Deer Goal Setting Volunteers Needed, Youth Deer Hunting Info, and more

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Early antlerless deer season to open in limited areas in southeast

Hunters in portions of southeastern Minnesota can harvest antlerless deer in an early antlerless season from Thursday, Oct. 16, to Sunday, Oct. 19, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

“The early antlerless season addresses high deer densities in localized areas,” said Leslie McInenly, big game program leader. “Hunters should be aware that there is little public land within the early antlerless hunt areas, which consist of parts of deer permit areas 346 and 349 in Winona, Houston and Filmore counties.”

Areas open during the season are identified on the fold-out map that accompanies the DNR Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook. The map is also available online at www.mndnr.gov/hunting/deer. Hunters are encouraged to review the maps and rules to identify opportunities prior to the season.”

“This is the second year we have implemented an early antlerless season in specific portions of southeastern Minnesota,” McInenly said. “We are continuing to evaluate the approach as an additional tool to manage deer at a geographic scale below that of the deer permit area.”

This year, the early antlerless season coincides with the four-day special youth deer season.

In the early antlerless hunt, only antlerless deer may be taken, and hunters may use up to five early antlerless permits. Deer harvested during the special season do not count toward a hunter’s statewide limit during the regular season. Early antlerless permits cost $7.50 for residents and may be purchased wherever hunting licenses are sold.

All deer harvested during this season must be tagged with an early antlerless permit. Hunters must also have a valid archery, firearms, or muzzleloader license. Legal firearms or archery gear may be used as long as the appropriate parent license is in possession.

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Whitefish and tullibee sport netting opens Oct. 10

Recreational netting for whitefish and tullibee opens Friday, Oct. 10, on designated lakes in northern Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Lakes known as Schedule II lakes are open to recreational netting as follows:

  • Schedule II A lakes open Friday, Oct. 10, and close Sunday, Dec. 7.
  • Schedule II B lakes open Friday, Nov. 7, and close Sunday, Dec. 14.
  • Schedule II C lakes open Friday, Nov. 14, and close Sunday, Dec. 14.

Schedule II lakes are not overly susceptible to sudden changes that affect water temperature. Recreational netting for Schedule I Lakes (more susceptible to factors that impact water temperatures) will be opened and closed on a 48-hour notice posted at lake accesses and other public places. However, Schedule I lakes that are infested with invasive species may not open, or may open later than in the past.

Invasive species considerations
New this year, nets used for whitefish and tullibee in all waters designated as infested with invasive species may not be used in any other water body unless they have been frozen for at least two days, or dried for at least 10 days. For a list of infested waters, visit www.mndnr.gov/invasives/ais/infested.html.

Before leaving any water access, licensees must: clean all plants off their nets, trailers and other equipment; inspect nets and other gear for prohibited invasive species like zebra mussels, and remove them; and drain water from boats and livewells.

Regulations
About 700 people obtain special permits to net for whitefish and tullibee each year. The DNR bases netting schedules on expected water temperatures. As the water temperature cools, game fish head to deeper water and whitefish and tullibee come to shallow water for fall spawning. Netting is allowed when there is little chance that game fish populations would be harmed by recreational netting in shallow water.

A complete list of all Schedule I and II lakes, status of the seasonal or invasive-species related openings and closures, as well as detailed netting sport netting regulations are available online at www.mndnr.gov/regulations/fishing or by calling the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367.

 

DNR seeks volunteers to join deer goal setting teams  

People interested in helping the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources establish deer population goals for large portions of northeastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota can apply online at www.mndnr.gov/deer.

Volunteers are being sought to join five advisory teams that will develop deer population goals in various regions of the state. Each team will focus on deer goals for a specific region, or goal-setting block, of the state. Goal-setting blocks consist of multiple deer permit areas that have been grouped by habitat type.

“The advisory teams provide a great opportunity for DNR staff to work directly with citizens who are interested in deer management,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. “By bringing in diverse, local interests, the DNR aims to collectively identify deer population goals that are ecologically sustainable and socially acceptable.”

Individuals can serve on one team. They nominate themselves by completing an online application. The application period is now open and ends Monday, Nov. 17.

Participants will be selected to represent the wide range of public interests in deer management including hunting, recreation, farming, forestry, public health and safety. They also will be chosen to achieve geographic representation within a goal-setting block.

Deer population goals will be set for 40 of Minnesota’s 128 deer permit areas during the upcoming process, which concludes in May 2015 with the announcement of final goals. Areas selected for goal setting in 2015 are:

  • Area 1 – Superior Uplands Arrowhead, which includes permit areas 117, 122, 126, 127, 180.
  • Area 2 – North Central Plains Moraines, which includes permit areas 169, 172, 184, 197, 210, 298.
  • Area 3 – Pine Moraines, which includes permit areas 241, 242, 246, 248, 251, 258, 259, 287.
  • Area 4 – East Central Uplands, which includes permit areas 152, 155, 156, 157, 159, 183, 221, 222, 225, 247, 259.
  • Area 5 – Sand Plain-Big Woods, which includes permit areas 223, 224, 227, 229, 235, 236, 249, 285, 338, 339.

Teams of 15 to 20 people will participate in one or two public meetings and two to three team meetings in their goal block. All meetings will take place between February and March of 2015.

Once selected, each team will review biological and social data as well as public input collected at meetings and through online and written questionnaires. After considering and discussing this information, each team will recommend a deer population goal for each of the permit areas within its goal-setting block.

DNR staff will review the data for each goal block as well as advisory team goal recommendations and final public comments on team recommendations before making final goal decisions.

This is the third year the DNR has worked with citizens to reassess and re-establish deer population goals in Minnesota. Goals for southwestern and a portion of northern Minnesota were set in 2012. Goals for southeastern Minnesota were set last year. Goals for the deer permit areas not part of the 2015 process will be set in 2016.

People don’t have to be advisory team members to provide input on deer population goals. There will be a number of opportunities for public input and comments this coming winter. Information about the goal-setting process and opportunities for input and involvement is available on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/deer.

Share a passion for deer hunting during youth deer season Oct. 16-19

Youth ages 10-15 can participate in a special deer season that runs from Thursday, Oct. 16, to Sunday, Oct. 19, in 27 permit areas of southeastern and northwestern Minnesota, including the 601 Twin Cities metro permit area.

“Youth can hunt with a mentor in a special season that’s all about putting the attention on the youth during the whole hunting experience,” said Mike Kurre, mentoring program coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Deer permit areas open to the hunt are: 101, 105, 111, 114, 201, 203, 208, 209, 256, 257, 260, 263, 264, 267, 268, 338, 339, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349 and 601. In certain portions of permit areas 346 and 349 in Winona, Houston, and Filmore counties, there will also be an early antlerless season for all licensed hunters who purchase early antlerless permits.

Youth must meet all firearms safety requirements, purchase a license and use the appropriate firearm for the permit area in which they are hunting. Youth may take a deer of either sex and may only take one deer during the youth season.

An adult mentor must accompany the youth but may not hunt or carry a firearm and does not need a license. However, in the early antlerless sub-permit areas of 346 and 349, the adult can participate in the early antlerless hunt while being a mentor. Hunters and mentors must meet blaze orange requirements.

Public land is open as is private land, provided the youth hunter has landowner permission.

Participating in the youth deer season does not affect eligibility of youth to participate in the regular firearms deer season but any deer harvested do count against the youth’s season bag limit. For more information, see the page 34 of the DNR Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook under the heading Special Youth Deer Season, found online atwww.mndnr.gov/regulations/hunting.

 

DNR enforcement names new chief pilot

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Enforcement Division has named Conservation Officer/Pilot Tom Buker its chief pilot. He had been the acting chief pilot since October 2013. Buker will assume the permanent position and be promoted to captain Oct. 8.

“Officer Buker brings strong leadership skills, experience, and a high standard of professionalism with him to serve the pilots of the DNR,” said Col. Ken Soring, DNR enforcement director.

Buker, based in New Ulm, joined the DNR in 2004. As chief pilot, he will oversee four full-time and two part-time pilots based from airports in Bemidji, Brainerd, Grand Rapids and New Ulm. The DNR owns and operates six fixed-wing aircraft and three helicopters.

A licensed pilot since 1997, Buker has 17 years flying experience, amassed more than 4,500 hours flight time, and is an instrument rated single and multi-engine (land) flight instructor with tail wheel and ski plane endorsement.

Prior to joining the DNR, Buker was a patrol officer, special weapons and tactics team member, deputy coroner and K-9 search and rescue officer with the Douglas County (Nevada) Sheriff’s Department from 1989-1996. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Aviation from the University of North Dakota. He also worked as a patrol office and investigator with the Mahnomen County (Minnesota) Sheriff’s Department and served as a military police officer in the U.S. Army.

The DNR Enforcement Aviation Section flew 1,940 hours in fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014) for the DNR divisions of enforcement (306.6), wildlife (1,004), fisheries (158.9), forestry (108.8), pilot training (285.1), and others (4.6). Flights included wetland flights, waterfowl and large animal surveys, wolf telemetry, fingerling drops, creel surveys and search and rescue missions.

The DNR’s aviation program started in 1947 with a plane based in Baudette that covered the whole state. A second aircraft, a float plane, was added in 1948 and based in Warroad. Prior to 1947, the state borrowed or rented aircraft for specific flight operations.

 

Q: Why does this year seem to be particularly good for fall colors?

A:  Some of those magnificent colors we’re seeing this fall were there all summer; you just couldn’t see them because of the green pigment in the leaf’s chlorophyll. As our days get shorter and the temperatures cool down, trees cease chlorophyll production, allowing yellow and orange pigments in the leaf to show.

Red and purple pigments can be created in some tree species if the late summer weather is sunny and bright and nights are not frosty. The slightest change – too hot, too cold, too wet or too dry – can slow the process or cause trees to lose leaves before they change color.

For the latest information on when and where the fall colors are expected to be at their peak, check out the DNR’s fall color finder at www.mndnr.gov/fall_colors. For more information on what causes fall colors, visitwww.mndnr.gov/fall_colors/typical_peak.html.

 

 

OHV Trail Closures, Walleye Stamp Designs Sought, Citizen Volunteers Wanted to Join Fish Management

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Temporary off-highway vehicle trail closures begin in November

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will restrict recreational use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) in some areas during the upcoming firearms deer hunting season. Vehicles affected by the restrictions include all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), off-highway motorcycles (OHMs) and registered off-road vehicles (ORVs) such as four-wheel drive trucks that are not being used in conjunction with deer hunting by a licensed deer hunter.

The restrictions, which apply to state forest trails and access routes but not to state forest roads, aim to protect recreational riders from potentially unsafe riding conditions and to minimize conflicts between deer hunters and recreational riders who may inadvertently disturb them.

Licensed deer hunters may still use these routes in conjunction with their hunting activity:

  • Before legal shooting time.
  • From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • After legal shooting hours.

Effective dates of the recreational riding restrictions will be:

  • Nov. 8 – 23 for the northeastern Minnesota 100 Series deer season.
  • Nov. 8 – 16 for the Minnesota 200 Series deer season.

Because recreational OHV trails located in southeastern Minnesota close Nov. 1 each year, no additional OHV riding restrictions are necessary in that part of the state.

While many recreational OHV riders have voluntarily opted not to ride forest trails during deer hunting and small-game seasons, recreational OHV riding has become a year-round sport for many. DNR officials remind everyone who visits Minnesota’s state forests this fall to put safety first.

For more information, see the 2014 deer season map online at www.mndnr.gov (http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/regulations/hunting/2014/deer_map.pdf) or contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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DNR seeks citizen volunteers to join fish species work groups 

Volunteers are being sought to join five citizen-agency work groups that will discuss how the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages fish. There will be individual work groups for bass, catfish, panfish and walleye, and one that will focus on both northern pike and muskellunge.

Volunteers may apply to one of the five groups. The application period is open from Wednesday, Oct. 1, to Wednesday, Nov. 19.

“Citizens can nominate themselves,” said Don Pereira, DNR fisheries chief. “These groups are about enhancing communication and discussion between citizens and the agency. In recent years these work groups have addressed angler concerns in detail.”

Work groups of 10 to 15 people each include volunteers and DNR staff who meet two to three times per year to discuss new research, population and harvest trends, and fisheries management. Participants will be selected by the DNR and can choose to serve a term of either two or three years. Meetings average four to six hours including travel time. The groups are advisory and do not make decisions on policy or fish management.

“The work groups support effective management of the state’s fisheries,” Pereira said. “We are seeking members who will reflect a range of public interests in fish management including recreation, effects on local economies, water quality, habitat and more.”

For more information or to find an application form, see www.mndnr.gov/fisheries/management.

DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2015 walleye stamp

Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2015 Minnesota walleye stamp from Monday, Oct. 6, through Friday, Oct. 17, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced.

The walleye stamp is sold along with hunting and fishing licenses or as a collectable. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to purchasing fish for stocking.

The contest offers no prizes and is open to Minnesota residents only. The walleye must be the primary focus of the design, though other fish species may be included in the design if they are used to depict common interaction between species or are common inhabitants of Minnesota lakes and rivers.

Artists are not allowed to use any photographic product as part of their finished entries. Winning artists usually issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds. Judging will take place 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at DNR headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul.

Artists who want to submit entries should closely read contest criteria and guidelines for submitting work, available from the DNR Information Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155, by calling the Information Center at 651-296-6157or 888-646-6367, and online at www.mndnr.gov/contests/stamps.html.

 

DNR urges motorists to be alert for deer in the fall

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges motorists to be especially alert this autumn to avoid vehicle/deer accidents.

“Fall is an extremely active time for wildlife, especially deer,” said Col. Ken Soring, DNR enforcement director. “Drivers need to remain alert and drive with particular caution this time of year.”

In the fall, deer population numbers are at a peak. Consequently, the potential for drivers to encounter them on the roadways is greatly increased. In addition, autumn is the breeding season for white-tailed deer and reproductive urges cause the animals to become increasingly mobile throughout October and November.

“When you see deer along the roadside, reduce your speed and be wary of any sudden movement,” said Soring. “If a deer crosses the road, others may follow in its path.”

While deer may be seen crossing roadways at any time of day, they are most active at dawn and dusk. These are the same hours most people are traveling to and from work. Drivers can avoid hitting deer by slowing down during these hours and being particularly alert in areas where deer typically cross.

 

Weekly Game and Fish Violations

 

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From Richard Sprouse with the DNR:

Highlights:

From Alexandria area

“Another angler was very proud to tell (CO Mitch) Lawler at the boat access about his early morning muskie catch, however, it was found that he hadn’t yet purchased a fishing license for this year; enforcement action was taken.”

From Aurora area

“(CO Mark) Fredin received a TIP call of possible duck hunters. The hunters were located and seen with duck decoys and a spinning wing decoy. The Officer observed both hunters shoot. They were checked on shore and both stated duck hunting was poor. They had shot at a wood duck swimming and missed. They produced licenses and had a copy of waterfowl regulations with them. They were shown the opener date and both hunter’s jaws dropped. “

From Aitkin area

“Angling contacts included one shore fisherman who found out it is not ok to throw a sucker against a tree prior to returning it to the water.”

 

District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) experienced a busy week of waterfowl and small game activity.  Complaints of illegal bear baits were investigated. Dumped deer and goose carcasses were also investigated. A calf depredation was confirmed near Skime as being killed by wolves.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) continued training a Conservation Officer Candidate (COC), working mainly on wildlife identification and watercraft operation. Calls answered included nuisance beaver issues, deer hunting questions, and a goose out of season case. Enforcement action is pending for multiple waterfowl violations including take in closed season, no state or federal waterfowl stamp, no small game license, and litter. CO Woinarowicz also assisted with a car struck moose in Marshall County.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports checking goose, grouse, bear and archery deer hunters. Anglers were checked on area station lakes and boater AIS compliance was monitored. Time was spent patrolling area forest roads and trails for ORV, ATV and OHM activity and a wolf depredation complaint was investigated. Enforcement action for the week included hunting without a license, no state waterfowl stamp, no federal waterfowl stamp and no early season goose permit.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending much time checking goose hunters. Time was also spent checking anglers, small game hunters, and watercraft operators. Boaters were also checked for AIS compliance. Violations included unplugged guns, hunt geese in the surface water restricted area and take nongame migratory bird.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked ATVs, AIS, early goose hunters and participated on a radio talk show. He also assisted another agency responding to an officer involved shooting.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked waterfowlers, grouse hunters and answered questions regarding the upcoming deer season.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) checked grouse hunters and early season goose hunters throughout the week. CO Vollbrecht responded to a complaint of a goose hunter shooting an hour after legal hours. Arriving in the area the hunter was stopped while he was leaving. The individual turned out to be an inexperienced juvenile hunter. Time was taken to go through the waterfowl regulations book and explain several regulations to the hunter. CO Vollbrecht patrolled forest roads and trails with CO Holt on ATV while checking for bear bait stations. Several were located requiring follow up investigations. A permit was issued to an individual to operate during the closed hours of the firearms deer season.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked grouse hunters and ATVs throughout the week. Time was also spent checking bear baits and bear hunting activity. A wolf depredation complaint was investigated.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports checking area WMAs for archery deer hunters and small game hunting activity. Calls were taken about landowner deer license requirements and dogs chasing deer.  Complaints about a local hobby farm owner letting their pot-bellied pigs roam free was relayed to the wildlife division. A female angler was arrested on a warrant and CO Vinton assisted the Otter Tail County Sheriff with a complaint of bones being dumped near a rural cemetery.  The bones were from several years ago and were from a deer.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) attended training at Camp Ripley and assisted Becker County deputies locate and transport two lost hunters in the Smokey Hills State Forest. He also worked with Park Rapids Forestry on a litter case involving a dead freezer containing rotten meat being dumped. The litter bugs promised to clean up the mess in order to avoid expensive restitution costs. Criminal charges with fines still to follow.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking fishermen, bow hunters and goose hunters. Goose hunting activity slowed with few hunters out. He also spent time working on a shoreline issue, trespass complaint, and talked at Pelican Rapids firearms safety class.

 

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked small game hunting activity with hunters reporting slow success due to too many leaves on the trees yet. Early goose hunting and ATV activity was monitored. CO Warren followed up on calls of an injured eagle, unlawful target shooting, possible wetland/public waters violation and met with local SWCD. Time was spent on angling and boating activity on area waters.

WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week focusing efforts on open WCA cases. Time was spent on site visits and working with LGUs. Several RPNs, restoration orders, and certificated of satisfactory restoration were filed. Time was spent talking to fishermen at public access points about AIS laws. Assistance was given to a bike rider that had struck a construction sign on the side of the road. ATV and hunting activity was patrolled in the Smokey Hills and Ponsford Prairie areas. Public waters restoration sites were visited. A Use of Force meeting was attended at Camp Ripley.

Moorhead – vacant.

District 3 – Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) heard reports of very few geese around for the last weekend of the early season. Duck hunters should expect to see decent teal and mallard numbers for next weekend. Scouting will be the key to their success in most cases. Angler numbers continue to decrease but very good fishing remains on a lot of lakes. Richards responded to a public waters violation complaint in Otter Tail County with enforcement action taken. An AIS meeting was attended in Breckenridge. Questions were answered for big game hunting and nuisance beaver problems.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) worked archery and goose hunters through the week as well as fall fishermen. Several archery hunters are having success. AIS hours were worked and boaters were talked to about transporting invasive species.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) handled several calls this past week regarding deer and duck season questions. Wetland violation issues were handled as well as checking boaters, goose hunters and bow hunters.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, ATVs, boaters and AIS compliance.  AIS compliance was excellent in the boats checked but the compliance for ATV operators was not. Please remember that anybody born after July 1, 1987 is required to have ATV safety certificate before they can operate an ATV on public property. Few ducks were seen in the area while scouting for the duck opener.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) focused efforts this past week on goose hunting and sport fishing activity. The fall walleye bite is heating up on area lakes with quite a few fish caught.  One boat was leaving a lake with an out of season small mouth bass in the livewell, as none of his fellow fishermen were aware the season had closed a week earlier. These avid fishermen were reminded to always check the regulation book before heading out and keeping fish. Another angler was very proud to tell Lawler at the boat access about his early morning muskie catch, however, it was found that he hadn’t yet purchased a fishing license for this year; enforcement action was taken. Expired ATV registration and nuisance animal calls were also addressed.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued step 3 field training with a COC. Officers continued to work heavy fishing pressure on Lake Osakis. Angler checks on the water led to an over-limit on crappies, and a smallmouth bass kept during the catch and release only season.  Enforcement action was also taken for angling without a license in possession. Boat and water safety checks were conducted as well as AIS compliance. Enforcement action was taken for no throwable PFD and no fire extinguisher on a watercraft over 16 feet in length.  Follow-up was done on litter cases from last week. Officers attended training at Camp Ripley. Additional time was spent working hunting activity involving archery deer, small game, early goose, and dove.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) and a COC focused enforcement efforts on dove and early goose hunters. They observed minimal hunting activity and mixed results. The officers encountered individuals without license in possession, no small game license, and unplugged shotguns. The officers also worked fire enforcement and encountered several violations including no burning permit, burning outside of permitted hours, and burning of prohibited materials. One individual was found to be using waste oil as a “fire starter.” He was advised that is not an accepted method to start a fire and received a citation. The officers attended the Pope County Pheasants Forever Youth Pheasant hunting event at a local shooting preserve and educated the group on pheasant hunting regulations.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) checked fishermen, goose hunters, bow hunters, and monitored AIS compliance this past week. Additional time was spent checking ATV operators, investigating a trespass complaint, checking WMAs for illegal stands, and patrolling for dove hunting activity. Baumbarger attended federal court in Bemidji on a commercial minnow case, and attended the local Pheasants Forever youth day.

Wheaton – vacant.

District 4 – Wadena area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) checked trout lakes, bear baits, archery deer hunters and small game hunters.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked anglers, ATVs and hunters. Officer Hunter checked on a wild rice complaint and possible lake pollution on the Crow Wing chain.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) continued to check early season goose hunters in the area with hunters reporting fair success. Gear was prepared for the upcoming duck season. The law and ethics portion of a firearms safety class was taught to an energetic group of youths waiting for the upcoming seasons.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on sport fishing, boating, AIS, big and small game hunting and ORV activity. Nothing unusual to report. Issued a nuisance beaver permit; assisted with a wolf depredation; forwarded a nuisance bear complaint to a Leech Lake Tribal Warden and Division of Wildlife; answered questions about goose hunting regulations; and received a call regarding potential trespass issues during firearms deer season.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked anglers and grouse hunters. Anglers are still looking for the fall walleye bite to turn on. Grouse hunting was tough. CO Mathy also responded to a trail obstruction report and worked AIS enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for small game and AIS violations.

CO Colleen Adam (ATV REC) attended the ATVAM Fall Rally and Ride in Beltrami Island State Forest patrolled state forest road and trails. In the same location officers had contact with an organized horse ride fund raiser, so horse passes and ATV passes/registration were on checklist. The attendees had a mixed bag of weather to deal with but everyone seemed in good spirits gathering for good causes. Hunters were checked and admitted it was mostly an excuse to get out and enjoy the last weekend of summer as the foliage is still pretty heavy creating a challenge to see the game.

WREO Shane Siltala worked AIS enforcement and checked fishermen on area lakes. Boat numbers were down, but AIS compliance was good. Some limits of decent perch were seen, however walleye success seemed to be limited. Officer Siltala also visited with county SWCD personnel to discuss WCA issues. A WCA Restoration Order was also issued for a wetland violation within the shoreland protection zone.

Remer – vacant.

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports checking a few grouse hunters throughout the week and observed a few birds taken. The leaves are just starting to fall so the best hunting is still to come. Fishing remains slow and not many anglers were observed.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked small game, deer and bear hunting activity, trout angling, investigated two public waters violation complaints, and continued following up on open small game, big game and littering violations. Even though the change in firearms transport laws have been on the books for a few years now, hunters are still having issues with transporting loaded guns while hunting and transporting uncased firearms within the city. One motorcycle riding hunter had his uncased shotgun slung over his back in town, while one ATV hunter had his gun in the case, however it was fully loaded. Enforcement action was taken on no small game without a license in possession, uncased firearm and loaded firearms transport violations and OHM violations.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) has begun taking calls from landowners and other sportsmen about deer baits that are being found and some shining activity that was observed. Other calls being taken are from parents trying to arrange classes for their kids to obtain their firearms safety certificates. High numbers of grouse hunters were seen out over the weekend but few reported seeing any birds.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) wrapped up a case where a Deputy encountered a bow hunter and identified him and asked for his hunting license. The hunter was unable to find a license so the Deputy relayed the information to CO Fredin. A check showed the hunter’s hunting privileges were suspended for an unpaid past trespass charge. Fredin received a TIP call of possible duck hunters. The hunters were located and seen with duck decoys and a spinning wing decoy. The Officer observed both hunters shoot. They were checked on shore and both stated duck hunting was poor. They had shot at a wood duck swimming and missed. They produced licenses and had a copy of waterfowl regulations with them. They were shown the opener date and both hunter’s jaws dropped.

International Falls # 2 – vacant.

Ray – vacant.

Tower – vacant.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

CO Sean Williams (Ely) spent the majority of the week on foot patrol inside the BWCA wilderness along with CO Tetrault. Several bear and grouse hunters were checked with varying success. Violations included bear baiting within the BWCA, baiting bear with solid waste, and illegal OHM operation.

 

CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked the grouse hunters and did some ATV work. Canoe activity in the BWCAW is still relatively high. Hunters are still having a little trouble finding the grouse due to the leaves that are still hanging on. The fall colors are wonderful, but there wasn’t a lot of activity this past weekend. Officers encountered an underage male who had a warrant out due to all his dirt bike related violations. He has had many violations this summer and it doesn’t look like he has any intention of following any of the laws regarding dirt bike usage. His Dad just keeps bringing his bike home and they just keep paying the tickets.

 

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports he was very pleasantly surprised at the amount of grouse he saw during the second weekend of grouse season after a disappointing opener. Lots of activity was encountered over the weekend. People were out fly fishing for brook trout in the streams, fishing inland lakes, ATVing and canoeing. Bear and grouse hunters were also out in numbers. Mix that in with a few leaf lookers and bird watchers and the back roads were bustling with activity. One fellow learned the lesson the hard way, and in front of his young son, that it is not a good idea to carry a loaded shotgun on an ATV. A couple of calls on nuisance bears were taken.

 

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked grouse hunters and continued to work bear hunters. Vandalism that has plagued the county has moved into the woods with two apparent hunters on ATV’s damaging signs and gates on the Boyd Road ATV Trail. An ATV club member nearly caught them and any information on the incident would be appreciated, as the money to repair the damage done would be better spent insuring access and improving trails for appreciative users.

 

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked small game and ATV enforcement. Enforcement action included operation of an ATV on a state highway, operation of an ATV on a roadway without a valid driver’s license, failure to stop at a road crossing on an ATV, and unregistered kayak.

 

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) finished a project in the BWCAW. CO Schottenbauer also worked anglers and boating activity in the area. Time was also spent working big game, ATV activity and various animal complaints were handled.

 

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) was involved in an operation that took place in the BWCAW with area officers. Wahlstrom attended a meeting at Camp Ripley, handled bear complaints and other nuisance animal calls. Enforcement action was taken for ATV and angling violations.

 

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) checked grouse hunters and wild rice harvesters during the week. Grouse are still hard to find with the leaf cover still abundant. Fall fishing activity is still showing a few nice fish on the inland lakes. Enforcement action was taken for fishing license violations and failure to drain water related equipment before transporting.

District 7 – Grand Rapids area

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked grouse hunters and anglers, worked a shining complaint, assisted landowners with nuisance wildlife issues, and dealt with trespass calls.

 

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) checked anglers, worked boating enforcement, ATV activity, small game activity, and big game activity. Violations included transport a loaded firearm, fail to display registration, no license in possession, allow illegal operation of an ATV by a youth, and operate an ATV on the roadway.  He also assisted the county with an ATV crash/DUI.

 

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, monitored small game activity, worked early goose hunting complaints and attended a K-9 unit meeting/training at Camp Ripley. CO Fairbanks and his K-9 partner “Si” also assisted the county in locating a robbery suspect. Grouse harvest was slow with lots of foliage still in the woods. Enforcement action was taken for no license in possession and possessing illegal length walleye.

 

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) spent time checking on a possible aquatic plant violation. She also spent time investigating a possible wolf depredation on a cattle farm in the Cohasset area. She spent time checking small game and big game hunters.

 

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked small game and archery hunters over the past week with the roughed grouse sportsman not seeing many birds due to leaf cover. Enforcement action was taken for operating an ATV in a closed area, operating an ATV with and individual under 18 without a helmet. Enforcement action was also taken for hunting geese without a state or federal duck stamp.

 

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, watercraft, ATVs, small game and archery deer hunters. He also handled several hunting complaints during the week.

 

CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) checked bear hunting and OHV activity throughout the week. Time was also spent working the grouse and archery deer hunting. Grouse hunters were out seeking birds in northern Aitkin County.

 

CO John Velsvaag (NE ATV Officer) participated in the ATVAM event in NW Minnesota. He patrolled for ORV activity and checked hunters using ATVs to access areas. Various contacts were made during patrol.

 

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked aquatic invasive species, sport angling, boating, ATVing, goose hunting and bear hunting activities. Panfish continue to bite, compliance was good. CO Arhart also tracked public waters and wetland impact complaints in St. Louis County. Waterfowl and deer hunting questions were answered. Some migrant rink necked ducks trickled into the station.

District 8 – Duluth area

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) continued training with a COC. Time was spent checking small game hunters in the area and reports few grouse being taken. Time was spent answering calls about an injured goose, upcoming wolf seasons, and assisting State Patrol for watercraft hitting a bridge overpass. Enforcement action was taken for allowing illegal operation of an ATV by a juvenile, no lights on an ATV, and having an ATV passenger under 18 without a helmet.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent the majority of the week investigating a couple deer hunting violations that resulted in hunting over bait, illegal take and licensing violations. Several animal complaints were fielded including a legal wolf kill due to protection of domestic animals. Officer Duncan completed a couple falcon inspections, returned several calls, investigated a possible waters violation, and checked small game and archery deer hunters in the field. Time was also spent working complaint areas for illegal deer shinning activity.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) spent time following up several livestock depredation complaints and returning phone calls. Several questions about upcoming deer season and licensing were addressed. Small game hunters were checked on the Sawyer WMA and Carlton County lands with little to report. Hunters had difficulty getting at grouse with heavy foliage. Some ATV operators were also checked in the area.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked litter cases, deer and bear hunting activity this past week.  One case under investigation is almost done with possible charges of trespassing and baiting.  This case was from last fall. A talk was given to a firearms safety class at Cloquet High School. A special detail focusing on activity on and around Lake Superior was worked with results showing good compliance with the laws. A K9 meeting and training was attended at Camp Ripley where all of the DNR k9s worked on training and bettering their skills for the upcoming fall seasons. A talk was given at the local MDHA banquet in Carlton where attendance was over 400 people. Several questions were answered and kids worked on their shooting skills in the laser shot booth

WREO Mike Scott conducted two site visits on potential WCA violations and referred to LGU. Officer Scott checked grouse hunters in the Duluth area and while there was limited success spirts were high with one youth talking about when the leaves fall he will see more birds. ATV’s were checked and enforcement action was taken for allowing juvenile passenger to ride without a helmet, operate unregistered ATV, operate ATV on State Highway.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

CO Matt Miller (Marine Unit) checked anglers on Lake Superior. Seasonal maintenance was completed on patrol boats and evidence was processed from old cases. Assistance was given to local agencies with emergency calls, and ATV complaints were checked. Enforcement action taken for AIs, angling and ATV violations.

CO Troy Ter Meer (Marine Unit) worked small game, big game, angling, boating, OHM, and ATV enforcement throughout the week. Time was also spent on getting cases up to date.

District 9 – Brainerd area

CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area) monitored angling, trail use and small and big game hunting activity in the Cuyuna Country State Rec. Area and Pillsbury State Forest, he also responded to a complaint of ATV’s & ORV damaging a county park.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) patrolled Cass and Crow Wing counties for hunting activity. CO McGowan also spent time following up on TIP calls, and patrolled for ATV activity. CO McGowan also completed a report for a boating while intoxicated arrest and submitted the report to the county attorney’s office for charging.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked early goose, grouse, archery deer, and bear hunters. Angling contacts included one shore fisherman who found out it is not ok to throw a sucker against a tree prior to returning it to the water.

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports that he worked on fishing enforcement this last week. The bite is slow the most cooperative fish have been the bass. Violations he found were no license, extra lines and not enough life jackets. He worked on complaints of shooting in residential areas at night and a complaint of bear damaging property north east of Brainerd. He worked with WREO Haberman on AIS violations. Some of the violations observed were plugs in the boat while transporting, as well as water and live fish. Complaints of vehicles on closed trails in the Pillsbury Forest were investigated. Campers in the forest were warned for litter and uncertified wood.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) continued working with area farmers with wolf and turkey damage reports, issued nuisance beaver permits, and responded to trespassing complaints and reports of illegal deer stands on state forest land.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) received additional deer baiting complaints. Trespassing complaints were also received. Area ATV Safety Instructors, Trail Ambassadors, and Officer Guida instructed numerous youth during the riding portion of their ATV safety certification.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity including investigation of deer baiting and waterfowl related complaints, responding to nuisance animal issues, checking early goose and bow deer hunting activity, and checking fishing, boating and wild rice harvesting activity.

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) continued with training of a COC this past week. Officers checked small game hunters with limited success being reported by hunters. Officers followed up on a trespassing complaint of ATVs. Officers also checked bow hunters and bear hunters who were reporting slow activity. Officer Lee attended a meeting at Camp Ripley for setting up Emergency Vehicle Operations Training for fellow conservation officers and academy cadets. Officer Lee also attended a Use of Force meeting and training held at Camp Ripley for the department’s Use of Force instructors.

District 10 – Mille Lacs area

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) checked angling activity where he saw moderate success for crappies. Small game hunters were out but frustrated with the full leaf cover. Verkuilen also worked a Lake Superior detail, assisted with security at the DNR firearms auction, and responded to an ATV injury crash.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) assisted with a long range patrol in the BWCA with the Ely officer. Small game, big game, anglers and BWCA enthusiasts were checked throughout the week. Many enjoyed the great but cool weather. Enforcement action was taken for leaving non-biodegradable items on a bear bait site.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports investigating a wolf depredation complaint and fielding several calls on wolf related nuisance questions. Small and big game hunters were checked throughout the Malmo Station. A few of the small game hunters were having some luck but most reported it was tough hunting due to the heavy cover. The Officer investigated a call of an illegal ATV trail in the Solana State Forest. Please remember the Big Game Exemption during September only applies to retrieving big game. ATV activity was also monitored throughout the Malmo Station. Lots of questions regarding fishing, hunting, trapping, ATV and boating laws were fielded over the weekend. A TIP call on someone hunting ducks out of season was also investigated. Aquatic Invasive Species laws were also monitored over the weekend.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) received wolf depredation calls, possible illegal bear hunting information and questions regarding archery deer and firearms deer hunting permit areas. She also attended training at Camp Ripley.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) continued training with a COC. Officers worked the area for small game hunters, archery deer hunters, and bear hunters. A couple of illegal fires were dealt with and enforcement action was taken. Local anglers were checked and one over limit of crappie was found. A number of questions and concerns were addressed concerning the upcoming spearing season on Lake Mille Lacs. Officers took enforcement action relating to ATV violations, relating to juveniles and parents allowing illegal operation. A beaver doing damage issue was addressed and non-lethal methods are being implemented.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) saw a lot of grouse hunting activity throughout the week and most bear hunters reported baits not getting hit very often. Some time was spent patrolling lakes and rivers for angling activity. Water levels have been very high and caution and common sense need to be used when boating on area rivers and streams. Time was also spent assisting local law enforcement with a search warrant that resulted in finding marijuana plants and other drugs.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week following up on complaints of ATV’s in prohibited areas, tearing up county and township roads, and operating in WMAs. CO Wynn checked hunters and anglers through the week as well. CO Wynn spent time answering questions about nuisance animals, dogs chasing big game, and game farm licensing. CO Wynn continues follow up on deer baiting complaints, some bear hunting issues, and answering numerous questions each week about current and upcoming hunting seasons. Save yourself some time and effort by picking up and familiarizing yourself with the hunting regulations booklet this fall.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked small game hunters and archery hunters. Heavy cover is still keeping things slow for grouse hunters. A few archery hunters are having luck seeing deer but are still waiting for bucks. Early goose season concluded on Monday, September 22; hunters saw few birds.

WREO Rob Haberman investigated a TIP complaint of ORV’s operating in a wetland in Cass County. Law Enforcement action was taken and a CDO was issued for the violation. WREO Haberman also worked AIS enforcement around his assigned work area. Lake Service Providers are gearing up for the season equipment removal. WREO Haberman would like to remind individuals to clean and inspect equipment before transporting it down the road. WREO Haberman also attended a meeting at Camp Ripley to discuss future training and flights.

District 11 – St. Cloud area

WREO Keith Bertram spent time this week at the Morrison County Waterfest. Approximately 350 sixth graders and school staff were educated on AIS laws and shown samples of AIS. Citations were also written to parties that did not comply with public waters restoration orders in Isanti County.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) responded to a dispute between lakeshore owners over a drainage ditch that runs between the properties. Both want the water to drain from their soggy lawns but are reluctant to be neighborly and come to an equitable solution. CO Kuske and County Soil and Water officials provided some mediation. CO Kuske inspected WMAs for illegal stands, met with a nuisance beaver trapper and patrolled area ATV trails. An investigation was conducted into the report of illegally taken deer and wanton waste, outcome still pending. As boats and docks start coming out for the season, CO Kuske conducted AIS inspections at several public access sites.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) worked complaints of Class 2 ATV’s running down county roadways in the lane of traffic, OHM’s (dirt bikes) running on the road and a person in the city of Little Falls burning garbage in their backyard fire pit. A call of someone shooting from a truck in the roadway is still under investigation and while checking squirrel hunters at a local Wildlife Management Area CO Kuske watched two hunters come out of the woods and quickly place a plastic bag of something in the back. Kuske proceeded to check the hunters and they had all necessary licenses and three squirrels in a backpack. CO Kuske questioned the hunters what was in the bag in the back of the vehicle. The hunters pulled the bag out which was a bag of garbage they had collected on the WMA from previous littering hunters. CO Kuske thanked them for picking up all the trash.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) participated in Todd County Envirofest 2014. CO Friese assisted with the Minnesota DNR Auction in Zimmerman and worked with fellow officers on an AIS detail. Areas were checked for hunters. Area lakes were checked for activity.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) has spent the week training a COC. The COC had to deal with wetland and public waters violations. The fish bite is starting to pick up, and an angler was caught with an over-limit crappie. The DNR gun auction was worked with a decent turnout with the nice weather. Other enforcement action for the week included checking goose hunters, squirrel hunters, ATVs, and deer archery hunters. Two reports of a moose were taken in back to back mornings. The first report was north of New Munich, and the second south of St. Johns.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers last week. CO Mies attended Ney Park and talked to over 200 kids about furs and trapping. CO Mies attended the Darwin firearms safety class with a COC. CO Mies checked archery deer hunters and goose hunters.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) provided instruction and gave a law and ethics presentation at a local firearms safety class. Time was also spent following up on a baiting case and worked on a wetlands violation. Multiple ATVs were stopped throughout the week with varying violations. Preparations for the upcoming waterfowl opener were made. Goose hunting and angling activity were monitored with some geese being taken but a slow fish bite. CO Silgjord had the privilege of watching a group of young goose hunters take a few birds. The hunters were appreciative of the fact that CO Silgjord held off on his compliance check and took cover while the birds attempted to land in their decoy spread.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) the worked heavy fishing pressure in the area. AIS compliance was excellent with all the anglers coming into the area. Vehicle maintenance was also completed.

St. Cloud – vacant.

District 12 – Princeton area

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) spoke at a youth firearms safety class. Anglers, hunters, and ATV’s were checked. Violations were found for smallmouth bass out of season, illegal length fish, and allowing illegal youth operation of an ATV. A burning prohibited materials complaint was investigated.

 

CO Angela Londgren (Princeton) worked the DNR auction in Zimmerman, checked anglers/boaters and hunters, spoke at firearms safety classes and a Natural Resources class at a local high school. Officer Londgren also assisted with a multi vehicle accident which involved several turkeys causing a hazard in the roadway.

 

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) checked anglers and small game hunters. Reller also checked on a possible big game violation and a possible wetlands fill complaint. Small game hunters were mainly targeting squirrels, but with the foliage so thick it made the hunter tough going. Angler should be reminded that the smallmouth bass season is catch and release only now.

CO Todd Langevin (Center City) continued training with a COC. Small game hunters were checked but they reported low numbers of animals taken. The officers checked shore fishermen in the Carlos Avery WMA and discovered a 16 year old fishing without a license. Few early goose hunters were still around, but most hunters are eagerly awaiting the 2014 waterfowl season to open.

 

CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked small game hunters and goose hunters. Small game hunters enjoyed good weather but the underbrush was still thick and success was low. ATV activity was also high due to good weather. Enforcement action was taken on unregistered ATV and no helmet when required.

District 13 – West Metro area

CO Steve Walter (Waconia) worked the St. Croix River bridge security detail with CO Vang Lee. AIS violations found by watercraft inspectors were followed up on all week. Multiple calls were returned and handled all week for questions in Hennepin, Scott and Carver counties on hunting, trapping, nuisance animals and trespassing.

 

CO Tony Salzer (Osseo) patrolled Hennepin County for angling activity. Salzer also patrolled for goose hunting activity. Some groups had success with geese but there are still many fields with crops yet.

 

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked small game, ATV, and fishing activities in Scott County. He responded to a complaint of a big dumpster left on Spring Lake boat launch parking lot and talked to a youth firearms safety class in Elko. He followed up on zebra mussel violations and took care of accidently trapped otter in Scott County. Officer Lee also worked the bridge detail in Stillwater.

 

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) provided a ride along to a CO Prep candidate. He checked anglers, boaters and hunters in the West Metro area as well as covering Bloomington and Fort Snelling stations. He returned calls regarding hunting regulation questions and responded to a TIP call. CO Le assisted at the Division’s gun auction in Zimmerman Township. Violations found were no angling license, angling with extra lines, no vehicle permit in State Park, and illegally transporting AIS on watercraft.

Bloomington – vacant.

Mound – vacant.

Prior Lake – vacant.

District 14 – East Metro area

CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent the week investigating trespassing issues, late shooting complaints and TIP calls. CO Arntzen continued checking anglers, small game, early goose and archery deer hunters. Enforcement action was taken for no license in possession, angling with extra lines and illegal length walleye.

 

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked mostly archery and goose hunters during the week. He continued checking anglers around the metro lakes and rivers. He also spent some time patrolling wildlife management areas, state parks and responded to animal calls and other calls.

 

WREO Adam Block (Metro) continued work on AIS activity as well as following up on shoreline complaints. A possible wetland violation was investigated in Hennepin County. A meeting was attended with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in St. Paul as well as an Enforcement Safety Committee meeting, which was held at Camp Ripley.

 

CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) continued training a COC. They finished up on a case in which a 12-point buck was shot over bait with a crossbow. They also assisted with equipment for the auction, talked to two law enforcement classes at Century College and assisted with a stolen gun that was confiscated during a big game case. They met with State Patrol Dispatchers in Roseville, did equipment maintenance and worked fishing, boating and AIS enforcement on area lakes and streams. The Officers also checked many small game hunters and goose hunters and handled various nuisance animal calls.

 

CO Brad Johnson (Ham Lake) investigated several deer baiting complaints. He also checked a shoreline complaint on the Mississippi River in Ramsey. CO Johnson responded to an injured deer in Ramsey. He checked small game hunters during the week. CO Johnson conducted an interview on a possible bear hunting violation.

Eagan – vacant.

Hastings – vacant.

Maplewood – vacant.

Metro Officer – vacant.

District 15 – Marshall area

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working anglers and early goose hunters. Calls for various injured wild animals continue to be handled. Deer and duck questions are numerous.  Deer investigations are beginning.

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports many of the doves left with the last cold front, however there are still a few to be hunted. Fall walleye fishing has picked up the last week. CO Picht received a call of a bow hunter trespassing on posted land. Officer Picht searched the posted land and found the hunter lying down under a tree.

CO Doug Lage (Marshall) did a weekly radio show. A Firearms Safety Class was taught in Tyler and the Officer spoke to a Cub Scout group in Marshall about water safety. An eagle flew into a power line and was picked up in Lincoln County. Fishing activity in the area has picked up on area lakes with a lot of shore fishing.

 

WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) attended training at Camp Ripley. An RPN and a restoration order were issued in Watonwan County and two site visits for a WCA violation were conducted in Lincoln County. AIS checks were completed on area lakes and rivers.

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked angling, archery deer hunting, boating, and ATV activity during the week. Minnow transportation permits were issued. The officer continues to pick up trash left behind by shore anglers. A Firearms Safety Class was taught in Benson.  Angling violations were encountered.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week checking small game and archery deer hunters. Fishermen continue to wait for the fall walleye bite to really pick up. Assistance was given to DNR Wildlife with a few issues on WMAs. Along with CO Lage, he gave a presentation to a group of Cub Scouts in Marshall.

Benson – vacant.

Madison – vacant.

Redwood Falls – vacant.

Worthington – vacant.

District 16 – New Ulm area

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked archery deer, small game, angling, invasive species and early goose season. He also spoke to a trapping class about laws relating to trapping and answered questions concerning trespass, hunting the river and legal access to water.

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up with trespass and archery hunting complaints. He monitored public areas for deer stands left overnight. He spent time monitoring OHM and ATV activity.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked watercraft and angling activity. Goose and dove hunters were checked. The Sherburn firearms safety class was taught. Cease and Desist orders were filed on a public waters violation. ATV activity was monitored. Commercial activity investigations were completed.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) continued working small game and archery hunters in the area.  CO Oberg also attended use of force instructor meeting and training at Camp Ripley. Officer Oberg gave another firearms safety talk at Gopher Campfire. Officer Oberg spent time getting equipment ready for the waterfowl opener.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) checked goose hunters during the week. An eagle that was hit by a car was picked up. A report of apples dumped at a WMA was taken. She assisted with a FAS safety class in Hutchinson. She attended a meeting and training at Camp Ripley.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) gave presentations at two firearms safety training classes. He also received calls regarding trapping and hunting access questions. CO Nelson worked primarily deer, waterfowl, angling and ATV enforcement.

Litchfield – vacant.

Willmar #1 – vacant.

Windom – vacant.

District 17 – Mankato area

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked archery deer, small game, and waterfowl hunters. CO Howe also presented on laws and ethics at an All Day Field and Range Day for a Firearms Safety class near Minnesota Lake. A ginseng digger was found harvesting ginseng from a Wildlife Management Area without a permit.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) attended a use of force meeting at Camp Ripley. The officer investigated a public waters violation. Anglers and archery hunters were also checked.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) worked angling, small game, and migratory waterfowl activity during the week. Several calls were received regarding migratory waterfowl questions and animal complaints.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked anglers, archery deer hunters, and goose hunters. A law and ethics presentation was given to a Firearms Safety Class in Faribault.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week working early goose hunting, small game, and archery (deer) hunting. Nuisance wildlife complaints were addressed. Requests from the public seeking information were returned.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking hunters, anglers, boaters, and ATV operators. Officer Ihnen also took part in a safety fair held at a local elementary school. Possible public waters and wetland violations were also investigated.

WREO Julie Siems reports conducting a K9 detection demonstration. APM and WCA cases were also followed up on,

Albert Lea – vacant.

Mankato #1 – vacant.

District 18 – Rochester area

CO Phil George (Rochester) worked the week on small game and archery deer issues. An AIS detail was worked and a firearms safety field day was attended. Anglers and boaters were still out enjoying the nice weather.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly hunters and anglers during the week. Fishing success was mixed and bow hunter success was slow. Heyn checked into trespass complaints and several other deer hunting complaints. A number of people were scouting for ducks and liked what they saw.

CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports the river is going down again and fishing has picked up. A bow hunter shot a mature doe that had a fully developed fawn. She must have been bred last March. Several bucks harvested that were still in velvet. Follow up on small game hunters trespassing. Charged a ginseng digger for trespassing and seized the illegally dug roots. He did a joint agency commercial check on one of local businesses.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working fishing, goose, small game, and archery deer hunting enforcement. The water levels are dropping on the big river and the fall bite is improving. A presentation was also given to a firearms safety class.

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports investigating trespass complaints. Time was also spent checking small game hunters and a few trout fisherman. A few shining complaints have also been received.

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 Jason Jensen (Brainerd) flew one lake creel survey and attended a quarterly pilot meeting at Camp Ripley where fall work plans were set up and assigned.  Pilot Jensen cancelled some flights due to weather and continued work on various projects with hangars and safety items.

CO Pilot Chris Lofstuen (Bemidji) flew a wetlands flight at the request of a CO as well as telemetry and multiple creel survey flights. A pilots meeting at Camp Ripley was attended and aircraft maintenance issues were also addressed.

NR Standby Pilot Brad Maas attended the quarterly pilot meeting at Camp Ripley. Upcoming fall projects were discussed, as well as safety, maintenance, and pilot training plans.

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:

NE RTO Shelly Patten attended a meeting for the Conflict Management team. Project assignment status was reviewed and future meetings and project progress check in dates were scheduled. Patten attended a UOF meeting at Camp Ripley. Patten attended the MDHA Banquet in Carlton with COs Scott Staples and Matt Miller. A lasershot booth was set up and was a popular venue for the kids. Officers also handed out regulations booklets and answered many questions. This banquet is the largest in the state with about 500 people in attendance.  Patten also worked on Instructor training updates and fielded many calls from parents seeking Firearms Safety classes for their children.

West Central RTO Frank Rezac reports attending a use of force Instructor meeting and training at Camp Ripley. He also planned for upcoming/rescheduled Firearms Safety Instructor certification training, assisted an Instructor group with setup of a field day site for online firearm safety students, and planned for upcoming firearm safety field days. Calls were also returned answering questions about hunter apprentice and other hunting regulations.

NE Metro RTO Bruce Lawrence assisted with Century College shooting sports class for introductory to shotgun shooting and also spoke to the college students about the aspects of elevated tree stand safety. RTO Lawrence is working in conjunction with RTO Patten in revising the firearms safety instructor training program. RTO Lawrence spoke with some firearms safety instructors on field day requirements and questions related to the upcoming firearms deer season. RTO Lawrence assisted with a firearms safety range and field day at the Carlos Avery wildlife area property and attended a meeting with the Minnesota Volunteer Safety Instructors Association.

SW Metro RTO Kevin Neitzke attended a Minnesota Volunteer Instructor Association meeting with RTO Lawrence. He attended a Safety and Health Fair at the DNR Headquarters. RTO Neitzke gave a presentation to a youth firearms class at Dakota County Gun Club. He also attended a firearms safety field day at Post 435 Gun Club, and he attended two online firearms safety All Day Range And Field Days at Gander Mountain in Lakeville.

Southern RTO Dan McBroom spent the week working on background checks for new HEFAS instructors and upcoming classes. Time was also spent working on a lasershot system that is to be used for an event in Owatonna that was having some issues.

Recreational Vehicle Coordinator Leland Owens represented DNR Enforcement at the fall All-Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota (ATVAM) Ride and Rally event in Roseau this past weekend. Owens took part in a conference call meeting regarding a motorized recreational vehicle project. He also worked on the Snowmobile Regulations Booklet, Trail Ambassador program items, equipment items and responded to many emails and phone calls.

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.