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Conservation Officer Report
Compiled By Richard Sprouse, Minnesota DNR, 800-366-8917, Ext 2511
Weekly Conservation Officer Report from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Division of Enforcement
15011 Highway 115 (Camp Ripley)
Little Falls, MN 56345-4173

Report Fish & Game Violations
Call T.I.P. at 1-800-652-9093 or Cell #TIP

 

Minnesota CONSERVATION OFFICER REPORT
9-26-16

District 1 - Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) took a complaint of a dead 8-point buck and upon investigation determined it to have been killed by wolves. A meeting with the local county attorney was attended. Duck hunters were checked on Roseau River WMA Pools 1 and 2. Enforcement action was taken on a duck hunter who was in possession of lead shells.

CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked big game, small game, migratory waterfowl and ATV enforcement. Waterfowl opener was a mixed bag for hunters. The forecasted cooler weather should improve hunting for both grouse and waterfowl. Enforcement action was taken for failure to register bear bait station, fail to obtain a burn permit, burn prohibited materials, permit a juvenile to hunt without proper licenses, fail to provide HIP certification, and hunt without license in possession.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) worked fishing activity on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River and ATV activity and small game hunting in the Beltrami Island State Forest.  CO Prachar assisted other local agencies with various emergency situations. 
 
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) worked with COC in the Rainy River area monitoring sturgeon fishing activity and waterfowl hunters.  One group of waterfowl hunters contacted stated they had a nice bag of eight gadwall ducks.  Upon inspecting their bag, officers had to inform them that even though they were in possession of a legal harvest, it consisted of eight coots.  Enforcement action for the week included no angling license, no watercraft registration, no PFD’s on watercraft, no navigational lights, lend/borrow sturgeon tag, unplugged shotgun, possess toxic shot, and waterfowl stamp violations.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working AIS enforcement, archery deer hunting activity, bear hunting activity, grouse hunting activity and angling activity on special regulation lakes throughout the week.  Time was spent working on ongoing bear hunting cases, handling nuisance beaver complaints and issuing special beaver permits.  Shining complaint areas were worked, case work was completed on an ongoing sturgeon case and ongoing archery deer hunting cases.  Enforcement action for the week included transport a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, fail to register bear bait stations, fail to post sign at bear bait stations, hunting without a small game license, and hunting small game without blaze orange.    

CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck #2) reports working angling, small game hunting, ATV, and AIS enforcement this past week. Waterfowl opener was pretty uneventful with very few birds in the area. Enforcement actions for the week included allow illegal ATV operation by a juvenile, no helmet on passenger under 18, a boat plug violation, and angle with extra lines.

CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette #2) checked small game hunters, archery deer hunters and anglers over the past week. Enforcement action taken for angling with extra lines, no angling license in possession, operate unregistered ATV, no ATV safety training, and operating ATV on public road right of way.

Warroad #2 – vacant.

Karlstad - vacant.

Thief River Falls #2 - vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports speaking at a firearms safety class in Crookston this week.  Time was also spent making several waterfowl related contacts during the duck opener.  Small game hunters and archery deer hunters were also checked.  A bear hunting related case was worked on.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked AIS efforts, ATVs, commercial enforcement along with waterfowl and deer hunting.  He also assisted other law enforcement agencies.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked small game hunters, archery hunters, and answered question about upcoming firearms deer season.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) worked the waterfowl opener.  Hunters reported mixed success with hunters enjoying good waterfowl weather on the opener.  CO Vollbrecht worked angling and boating enforcement on area lakes.  Area forest roads and trails were patrolled for ATV and grouse hunting activity.  Grouse success has been limited due to the foliage on the trees. 

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji #2) worked small game and archery deer hunting in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. Time was also spent completing required training and checking angling and boating activity in Itasca State Park.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) worked duck hunters during the opening weekend. Success was variable depending on the location. Violations encountered included hunting without a license and unplugged shotgun. An ATV safety presentation was given in Two Inlets. Work also included ATV enforcement, big game investigations, and a hunter harassment investigation.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked bear hunters, small game hunters and leech trappers as well as followed up on ongoing cases.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports a fair duck opener depending on hunting location.  On Saturday wood ducks were the main birds in the bag.  Sunday found a few more teal shot.  Hunter numbers appeared to be down.  Time was also spent checking prairie chicken hunters and working on aquatic plant violations.  CO Forsberg assisted with a FAS field day and a nuisance beaver permit issued.  Follow up continues on an illegal muskie case.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling and boating activity with cooler temps improving success rates.  Small game hunting was worked with the few hunters out reporting that leaf cover is still pretty heavy.  ATV activity on area trails was worked.  AIS compliance was worked as boats and lifts are being removed from area waters.  Follow up continued on open aquatic vegetation violations.  The waterfowl opener was worked with hunters having mixed results, birds in the bag were mixed but most hunters had harvested something.  A complaint of trespass was investigated. 

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring ATV, deer hunting, prairie chicken, and waterfowl hunting activity in the Moorhead station. Assistance was given to a neighboring officer on an angling case and a complaint of ATV chasing deer was also taken. Numerous questions regarding the upcoming waterfowl season and firearms deer season were also handled. The officer observed a decent number of waterfowl in the bag of hunters Saturday, but by Sunday it appeared many waterfowl had left the area. Numerous violations were encountered on duck opener and the officer would like to remind hunters that it is their responsibility to make sure they are legal. It is also the hunter’s responsibility to take ethical shots on waterfowl and make an effort to retrieve a shot bird. Enforcement action was taken for lead shot, early shooting for waterfowl, failure to make a reasonable effort to retrieve waterfowl, unplugged shotguns, no federal stamp, no HIP certification, no state stamp, and no small game license.

District 3 - Fergus Falls area

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports seeing several limits of ducks on the opening day.  Mallards and blue-wing teal dominated as the most prevalent species but other early migrants were observed.  Hunters commented they were not seeing as many wood ducks or geese.  Time was also spent checking anglers and speaking about AIS.  Enforcement action was taken for violations related to waterfowl hunting and fishing. 

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) found minimal hunters and birds around for the opening day of waterfowl season.  Officer Plautz checked bow hunters and fishermen throughout the week and assisted with a fish over limit complaint.  Officer Plautz also monitored ATV traffic and AIS enforcement. Waterfowl production areas and wildlife management areas were patrolled for illegal activity.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked waterfowl and bow hunters.  A fishing over limit complaint was worked in Otter Tail County with area conservation officers.  Several questions were answered throughout the week involving Lake Christina, bow hunting, trespass, and duck hunting regulations.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) focused on waterfowl hunting activity this week.  Working in both Douglas and Traverse Counties, lots of groups were checked and many hunters leaving with their limits.  High winds didn’t help conditions but reminded people of the importance of not overloading your duck boat and always checking for adequate lifejackets before heading out.  Compliance was very good this week with only a few citations issued.  An ATV safety class was held and completed by over 50 youth.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports starting Step 3 field training with a COC. The officers report a slower than average waterfowl opener with both duck/goose and hunter numbers down from previous years. Time was spent checking archery deer and small game hunters and working fishing, boating, and AIS activity on area waterways. Fire and litter violations were handled and area law enforcement agencies were assisted with calls for service.

CO Steve Chihak (Wheaton) reports working a very busy waterfowl opener.  Hunter participation was high.  Many limits of ducks were observed with blue-winged teal, mallards, and wood ducks making up the majority of game bags.  Enforcement action was taken for unplugged shotguns, no state or federal waterfowl stamps, no HIP certification, and camping on a waterfowl production area.  Time was also spent teaching Breckenridge Middle School 5th graders about aquatic invasive species.  Wildlife possession permits were also issued.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts checking fishermen, monitoring AIS compliance and the waterfowl opener.  Few ducks were observed in hunters’ bags over the weekend.  Officers Anderson and Baumbarger worked together checking both waterfowl hunters and conducting AIS enforcement.  An interview was completed with a local radio station regarding waterfowl opener.  Additional time was spent checking public hunting areas for illegal camping and other hunting violations.  Questions from the public were handled this week including AIS transportation, waterfowl hunting, FAS classes, and rules hunting on WMA’s and WPA’s.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, boaters, ATV operators, and waterfowl hunters.  Officers Baumbarger and Anderson worked the Morris station over the weekend.  Other activity included handling injured/nuisance animal calls, and complaints of herbicide being applied to aquatic vegetation.  Assistance was given to a North Dakota officer on a pending case.

 

District 4 - Walker area

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) worked a busy waterfowl opening weekend. Duck hunters, archery deer hunters, grouse hunters, and squirrel hunters were all checked.  Several TIP calls of hunting on closed refuges, over limit of ducks, and shooting deer at night were taken.  Officer Parthun worked a WCA violation and a cervidae violation.
CO Eric Sullivan (Walker) observed small game hunters having success with squirrel and a few grouse this past week.  One small game hunter was warned for trespassing.  CO Sullivan spent the weekend contacting waterfowl hunters.  CO Sullivan saw a large number of wood ducks and teal harvested throughout the area.  Violations for waterfowl hunters included no life jacket, no plug in shotgun, no state waterfowl stamp, and no federal waterfowl stamp. 
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked anglers and waterfowl hunters.  Waterfowl hunters in the area found hunting to be good as several ducks were in the area for opener.  Time was spent in court on a snowmobile case that resulted in a conviction. Enforcement action was taken for waterfowl violations.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked the duck opener; contact was made for no small game license and no stamps, with wood ducks being the main bird in the bag.  Officer Halverson also received shining complaints and gave ethics and law talks at Staples Motley High School Fish and Wildlife classes.
CO Chelsey Best (Remer) worked a busy duck hunting opening weekend. Lots of ATV activity was also prevalent with many group rides and festivals taking place. Plenty of rain made the trails extremely wet and vulnerable to damage from excessive mudding activity. Attention was focused on some problems occurring at a local WMA. Please remember that these areas are maintained for the enjoyment of everyone and users should be respectful of the public spaces. Enforcement action was taken for no state and federal stamps, transporting loaded firearms, no licenses in possession, operation of an ATV on the lakebed, hunter harassment and several cases of ATVs being operated on highway/roadway surfaces.

District 5 - Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (Int’l Falls) reports sturgeon and walleye fishing on the Rainy River were monitored.  Grouse hunters are still having difficulties seeing grouse with the foliage cover.  Possible wetland violation was investigated.  Youth firearms safety class and a youth trapper’s education were attended.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports typical fall activities underway.  Bear and beaver complaints continue to consume officer time – little duck hunting activity observed – ATV’s and grouse hunting activities continue to be monitored, area forest road and access sites were checked and equipment work completed.

CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked anglers and hunters this past week.  The officer took multiple calls on trapping and nuisance wildlife.  CO Velsvaag saw limited duck hunting success but some parties did well.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) worked a case of a boater refusing to submit to watercraft inspection.  The waterfowl season opened, with few ducks around.  Enforcement action was taken on open water hunting and loaded firearm in a vehicle.  The officer made contact with an armed uncooperative male far off the main road.  After a struggle, a lengthy stand-off, and supporting officers arriving, the male was arrested and faces numerous charges.  Thankfully no one was hurt.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked the waterfowl opener and other on-going seasons, ATV’s, invasive species and state park enforcement, investigated a report of a deer that died suspiciously, and taught a Firearm’s Safety Class in Hibbing.  The officer assisted area law enforcement after a suspect rammed a squad car in his attempt to escape arrest.  The officer spent considerable time dealing with an incident where a park visitor’s behavior at two separate parks was dealt with, resulting in barring him from all state parks.  Enforcement action was taken on no small game license, unplugged gun, possess toxic shot, no HIP certification, no small game and waterfowl stamps in possession, angling without a license, no balsam bough permit and a number of ATV violations.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) continues to receive complaints of bear problems in the Palo area.  Reports of a sow with two cubs and a boar missing a paw breaking into sheds where feed is present. Ironically a three pawed bear was causing problems one year ago in Aurora; speculation is it may be the same bear.  Duck hunters reported few ducks with statements of boring hunt to waste of time.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) worked this week with a Conservation Officer Candidate doing Field Training.  CO Frericks and the COC worked on station geography and small game enforcement.  Numerous nuisance bear complaints were handled in the station.  Advice was given on how to handle nuisance bears; residents are reminded to remove any food sources.  During duck hunting opener few duck hunters were seen out, and even fewer ducks were taken. Trespass issues were investigated and are becoming more commonly reported. Landowners are reminded to ensure their land is posted legally.   

CO Colleen Adam (Ray Station) spent the week working with equipment related issues as well as checking sturgeon and walleye anglers.  Waterfowl hunters were finding birds to shoot at.  Ample leaf cover helping to disguise the grouse.  Fall colors are happening quickly.
International Falls #2 - vacant.

District 6 - Two Harbors area

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked predominately small game hunters and also worked duck opener.  CO Bermel taught the law and ethics portion of the Babbitt FAS class - thanks to the other volunteers as well.  Compliance was good amongst the hunters encountered this week, and it was good to see several young hunters out with their parents.  Most blue-wing teal left the area prior to the opener.  Enforcement action was taken for marijuana in a motor vehicle, drug paraphernalia, and ATV violations.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked waterfowl opener, checked small game hunters and anglers along the north shore rivers. Enforcement action was taken for transporting loaded firearm, multiple ATV violations, and snagging fish. 
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports waterfowl opener was more active than normal, with more hunters and more birds found in the area; although the combination of hunters and birds did not mean greater success as most hunters checked were found to have very few ducks or geese. Violations included taking waterfowl from open water, and hunting without a license in possession.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked waterfowl, grouse, and archery deer hunting activity. A few hunting spots held some good numbers of teal and mallards in the area. Grouse remain harder to see with fall colors not yet reaching their peak and hanging on providing thick cover. Enforcement action was taken for licensing violations.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked grouse hunters and inland anglers.  Officer Manning answered calls about migratory bird hunting and worked a somewhat slow duck opener.  The officer also followed up on a wetlands case, a public waters case, and a nuisance beaver complaint.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) spent a fair amount of time working area duck hunting activity and grouse hunters.  Heavy leaf cover is slowing grouse hunting success.  Time was also spent working area roads and trails for recreational vehicle safety.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) checked duck hunters over the weekend.  The duck hunters that were out, did relatively well compared to recent years. The rainy windy conditions were great for waterfowl, but not as good for the grouse hunters.   Grouse hunters are plugging along, but the leaves are only beginning to fall, so it is harder to see grouse.  The water temperatures are dropping so be careful on the water and remember to wear a PFD.

District 7 - Grand Rapids area

CO Randy Patten (Northome) started field training with a COC.  Officers checked duck hunters opening weekend.  Enforcement action was taken on no license in possession, no PFD, AIS, and an unplugged gun.  The weather was good for the opener and many hunters were afield.  Not many birds were seen in the bag.  Some fishing activity was observed. 

CO Jayson Hansen (Big Fork) worked boating, ATV, small game, bear hunting, waterfowl hunting and fishing enforcement.  Violations included operate ATV on roadway, youth on ATV w/o helmets, and transport aquatic macrophytes.  CO Hansen also spent some time on UOF and FTO work. 

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) worked the waterfowl opener, checked anglers and worked trespass complaints. Success was on the up side for waterfowl hunters. Enforcement action was taken for license issues.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked a busy week with duck hunting opener being a success for many hunters.  It was noted that on opening morning of duck season, every boat CO Sutherland checked had youth hunters in it.  It was a good sight to see as those youth are the future of hunting.  CO Sutherland took enforcement action for not possessing duck stamps, small game licenses, and for not having a license while angling.  CO Sutherland also presented the Wall of Shame at the Itasca County Minnesota Deer Hunters banquet.

CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) worked angling, migratory waterfowl, small game, ATV, and AIS activity.  Waterfowl hunters were seen having success on the opening weekend.  CO Adam and CO Van Asch checked both sturgeon and walleye anglers on the Rainy River.  The sturgeon and walleye bite continued to produce good results throughout the weekend.  Two fishermen angling for sunfish were observed, each using two poles, and were later found in possession of an over limit of sunfish back at their cabin. Enforcement action was taken for an over limit of sunfish, angling without a license, angling with extra lines, unmeasurable fish, no angling/small game license in possession, failing to drain water related equipment, and allowing illegal operation of an ATV by a juvenile.

District 8 - Duluth area

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth East) checked grouse and waterfowl hunters over the weekend.  Very few grouse were taken, but many hunters had success with waterfowl.  ATV activity and archery deer hunters were also worked.  Night deer shining complaint areas were monitored, calls were taken and complaints were investigated.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) checked anglers and area hunters for the waterfowl opener.  A slow opener was observed and reported with mostly wood ducks and mallards taken.  Some anglers were reporting a good bite on pan fish.  CO Humphrey investigated complaints involving use of motorized decoys, trespass, commercial bough harvesting, hunter harassment and an illegal taking of a deer.  An investigation into untagged commercial minnow traps was completed.  Patrols into the FDL State Forest and Sawyer WMA were conducted.  CO Humphrey assisted State Patrol with a car/deer incident.  CO Humphrey assisted CO’s Staples and Schmidt with the Cloquet area firearms safety classes.  Violations for ATV operation, various waterfowl equipment and licensing, unlawful possession of firearm while archery deer hunting, and miscellaneous drug possession/paraphernalia were encountered.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) spoke to a firearm safety class in Cloquet and finished an investigation into a complaint of a wolf that killed a cow. Several other animal complaints were dealt with in the area as well such as nuisance bear, dead bear on the interstate, issuing a permit for a car killed turkey, checking on an injured bald eagle, issued a nuisance beaver permit, and dogs chasing deer.  A TIP call of a hunter hunting waterfowl past legal hours was investigated and enforcement action was taken for hunting after hours and possessing toxic shot.

CO Andy Schmidt (West Duluth) spent most of the week working small game and archery deer hunters.  ATV trails and complaint areas were worked.  Waterfowl opener was busy and hunters had some success.  Late shooting complaints were worked over the weekend. Nuisance bear complaints were common this week. Officer Schmidt assisted with a firearm safety class in Cloquet.

Brookston – vacant.

Lake Superior Marine Unit

CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked duck hunters and anglers.  Follow-up was done on a burning violation.  Duck hunters found a rather slow opener with clearing skies and moderate local duck numbers.  Enforcement action taken for public access and waterfowl violations.

Lake Superior Unit - vacant.

District 9 - Brainerd area

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd #2) patrolled area lakes during the busy opening weekend of waterfowl season. Numerous hunter groups were checked with the most prevalent duck species in the bag being wood ducks. Officer Guida seized a protected species migratory bird from an individual that shot it and took enforcement action.  Other enforcement included unplugged guns, no license in possession, and unsigned stamps.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, archery, grouse and waterfowl hunting.  Opening day waterfowl hunters averaged .5 birds.  Sunday numbers went up to 1.25 birds.  A couple of traditional waterfowl WMA’s didn’t have a hunter on them on Sunday.

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity this week focusing on the waterfowl opener.  The waterfowl opener was un-eventful as hunter numbers afield were found to be the lowest in memory for an opener, and numbers of ducks taken and reported to be seen by those checked were equally as low.    Pothole wood ducks were about the only best thing going.   The bright spot on the opening weekend was that hunters checked were found to be in excellent law compliance.   

CO Mike Lee (Crosslake) followed up on deer baiting cases from last week, with a second location found being baited by the same party. Officer Lee also answered questions on the upcoming waterfowl season. Officer Lee received complaints of party’s possible hunting in the Crosslake Refuge. No parties were located.  

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked deer, small game and waterfowl hunters.  Officer Hunter received information of a possible trapping violation.  Officer Hunter responded to a call of a swan shot.  A reminder to those going outside Minnesota to hunt big game, a new rule has been put in effect not allowing any brain matter or any part of the spine to be transported to Minnesota.  Meat and skull plate, free of any brain matter, will be allowed.  Explanation of the new language is covered on page 62 of the 2016 MN Hunting Regulation book.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) worked the waterfowl opener and checked grouse hunters. Wood ducks and teal were the majority of ducks seen in the bags, and grouse hunters were reporting seeing birds but not getting many due to the many leaves still on the trees. Violations observed included hunting without a valid license, transport a loaded firearm in motor vehicle, no federal duck stamps, and operate ATVs in a wetland.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) worked a busy opening weekend of the waterfowl season.  Numerous waterfowl hunters were checked, and most reported a slow success rate.  Enforcement action was taken for numerous violations. 

CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports that he worked on fishing enforcement this past week.  The anglers are out and the fall bite is picking up.  Waterfowl opener went well, good numbers of hunters and a fair amount of ducks.  Most common duck in the bag was wood duck and the mallard was a close second.  No State or Federal stamp and PFD violations were found.  He checked grouse hunters and the report was poor.  The hunters explained there is still too many leaves on trees to see all of the birds they flushed.   The archery hunters report the deer are becoming more active with the cooler weather.   He worked AIS enforcement.   Violations he observed were water in ballast tanks and duck hunters not pulling the plug in there duck boat.  Nuisance bear complaints in Baxter and Pillager are coming in and continue to be a significant issue.

Cuyuna SRA - vacant.

District 10 - Mille Lacs area

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working at the Annual ATVAM ride in McGregor where lots of riders turned out for the event and also for the grand opening of the Axtell Technical riding area in Aitkin County.  The officer checked small game hunters and ATV operators throughout the week and weekend. Waterfowl hunters were checked during the opener and most reported seeing some birds and a few even had been able to take some birds.  Multiple law related questions regarding fishing, ATV’ing, and hunting were fielded throughout the week.  While patrolling the officer found someone had abandoned seven puppies at a local access.  A call to a local veterinarian clinic was made and the puppies were transported there until homes could be found for them.  Several hunting related complaints were also fielded over the weekend.  Enforcement action was taken for various small game, migratory waterfowl and burning related law violations. 
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) instructed honor guards from around the state and country with the LEMA Honor Guard this week.  Officer Speldrich investigated a wolf depredation complaint on a heifer.  The heifer was likely killed by wolves and the USDA trappers were called for assistance. Officer Speldrich also followed up on bear hunting violations and answered questions regarding dogs chasing deer and waterfowl hunting.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked a poaching case related to a deer that was found dead in a field, left to rot.   The investigation led to a violation of an ATV running through a WMA and other pending items.    CO Starr worked waterfowl opener and found many hunters out, with very few ducks.    A mixed bag was found with some divers showing up earlier than expected.  Overall, hunters are finding less waterfowl this year.  ATV activity was worked with driving after revocation violations taken care of.   A boat registration violation was also handled, along with assisting local law enforcement with various items.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) checked waterfowl hunting areas on opening day and found quite a few hunters out searching for ducks and geese.  Most hunters reported seeing limited numbers of ducks on the opening weekend but some mallards, wood ducks and teal were harvested in the Pine County area.  Duck hunting violations found included transporting loaded shotguns in the duck boat and not having proper licenses.  A few hunters were also caught out hunting past the early season closing time of 4:00 pm.  CO Grundmeier, with the help of a MN State Trooper, also chased down and captured a bald eagle that was hit and injured by a car.  The eagle was brought to the Raptor Center for care.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent time during the week checking wildlife management areas and small game hunters. He answered numerous questions about nuisance animals, licensing questions, and ATV operation.  CO Wynn worked waterfowl enforcement throughout the weekend in the Pine City area.  Contacts were made for no HIP certification, hunting after closed hours, and lack of PFD's.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) patrolled area state forest and WMA’s.  Small game hunters were having success with squirrel and a few grouse during the week and weekend.  The weather for waterfowl opener was great but duck numbers seem to be down with only ring neck and wood ducks taken.  Time was spent investigating a TIP complaint and a hawk was brought to the rehab center.

District 11 - St. Cloud area

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time monitoring angling activity and following up on APM cases.  The waterfowl hunting opener was worked and complaints regarding the use of motorized decoys and after-hours hunting were fielded and handled.  Most hunters checked were found to be having at least some success.  Violations for the week included no license in possession, ATV passenger under 18 without a helmet, overloaded ATV, hunting after hours, unplugged shotgun, and use of a motorized decoy during the restricted period.

CO Mike Krauel (St. Cloud) spent the week preparing for a busy waterfowl opener and checking anglers.  Waterfowl hunters were finding moderate success in some areas.  CO Krauel also did a law presentation at a firearm safety class with over 85 students.  Thank you to all of the dedicated instructors who keep the programs running, especially with such a large group!  CO Krauel assisted Waite Park PD and Stearns County deputies with the apprehension of a suspect who was trying to avoid being taken into custody by ramming into law enforcement vehicles and travelling across wet farm fields.  Enforcement action for the week included taking smallmouth bass out of season, no angling license, unplugged shotgun, using toxic shot, and no federal stamp.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) reports a successful waterfowl opener.  The number of hunters was average, but all who were checked had ducks in the bag.  All were pleased with the number of ducks seen.  They were not pleased, however, with the antsy shooters who shot before ducks got close enough!  CO Friese taught the law portion for Swanville FAS.  The officer participated in the 2016 Envirofest event, hosted by Todd County SWCD.    

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) attended an informational meeting regarding starry stonewort on Rice and Koronis lakes.  The officer took complainants of fish over limits, beaver issues, and questions about waterfowl hunting regulations.  The officer worked with neighboring officers over the opening of waterfowl. 

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) handled a car hit bear and spoke at the Upsala Firearm Safety class.  On waterfowl opening day, CO Kuske had two hunters still shooting late at 5:09 pm and checked them when they came into the landing.   The hunters had no idea when shooting hours ended even though they had been duck hunting for four years.  Additional violations included one of the hunters having no plug in their gun nor any waterfowl licenses or stamps. 

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked boaters, anglers, and waterfowl hunters.  Duck success in the Albany area was not the best with most groups checked only having a few ducks each.  Very few geese were seen.  Officer Thesing assisted the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office on a fleeing suspect, where the suspect had rammed a squad car.  The suspect was apprehended as he tried to exit a corn field.  Enforcement action for the week included transport loaded gun and duck license violations.  Assistance was given to the Avon firearms safety class on their range day.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers this week and worked duck opener along with complaint calls. CO Mies gave talks on trapping and furs at Ney Park near Maple Lake. CO Mies also gave a law talk at the South Haven firearms class this week and finished up training COC for step two.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) found low numbers of hunters and ducks over the waterfowl opener. Deer shining complaints were received and surveillance of several areas continues. Inquiries from the public included property line disputes, dogs chasing deer, and general hunting regulation questions.

District 12 - Princeton area

CO Phil Mohs (Center City) worked hunting and fishing activity throughout the week.  Many duck hunters got out very early for opener and had plenty of ducks to shoot at.  Patient hunters seemed to have the most success. “Sky busting” was found to be a common, but very ineffective method for many waterfowl hunters.  Several groups were cited for entering the Carlos Avery WMA during closed hours to claim their “spot” ahead of the crowd.  As a reminder, the Carlos Avery WMA is closed from 10 pm to 4 am.  Several TIP calls were received and resulted in enforcement action being taken.  Enforcement action was taken on fish over-limit, taking a swan, entering WMA during closed hours, numerous waterfowl hunting violations, and AIS violations.

CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked hunters during the week.  Duck hunters in the area reported a disappointing opener with very few birds.  Flood waters during the summer removed most vegetation and currant high water levels moved birds into area that typically don’t hold waterfowl.  Enforcement action was taken on ATV violations, controlled substance, unplugged shotgun along with no state or federal duck stamps. 

CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) encountered a group of small game hunters and after asking to see their hunting licenses, one of the individuals stated he did not have it with him. After checking to see if the hunter had a license it was discovered that he had a warrant out for his arrest. To make matters worse he locked his keys in his vehicle; assistance was provided by the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office.  A TIP complaint of a bear hunter trespassing resulted in the hunter also not registering his bait. Officer Londgren also worked anglers, small game and waterfowl hunters, trespassing complaints, spoke at a firearms safety class, and took many calls clarifying hunting laws.

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) reports waterfowl hunters in the Wright County area this opening weekend did very well especially on opening day with the help of ideal weather and a good blue wing teal population in the area. Sunday the hunters were greeted with heavy rain in the area that dampened the hunting. Enforcement action was taken for waterfowl hunting with an unplugged shotgun, possession of toxic shot, licensing violations, and no PFD on board watercraft.

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked anglers and hunters. Calls were received for a waters impact, burning prohibited materials, and animal complaints. CO Musatov also spoke at a youth ATV safety class.

Princeton - vacant.

District 13 - West Metro area

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) responded to calls for service including inquiries for hunting locations, regulations and TIP calls. He worked the 2016 Minnesota Waterfowl season in Carver County. He took enforcement action for no small game license, no lifejacket while waterfowl hunting, no HIP certification, unsigned Federal Duck Stamp, no MN State Waterfowl Stamp validation, and possession of toxic shot while waterfowl hunting.

CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking fishermen and following up with complaints.   CO Grewe assisted local police departments with emergencies due to the heavy rainfalls, spoke at two firearm safety classes and checked waterfowl hunters over the weekend.   Violations this week included unsigned waterfowl stamps and no small game license.  

CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) presented laws and regulations at a Firearms Safety Class in Osseo. Students had great questions including whether or not a person can hunt with a bayonet on their rifle. Zebra mussel violations on Lake Minnetonka were dealt with. Enforcement action was taken for transporting aquatic vegetation on a public roadway. Waterfowl opener was successful for many hunters with compliance being good. CO Weyandt would like to remind hunters and anglers that you must have your license in possession while hunting and fishing.

CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) focused her week on archery, small game and waterfowl hunting.  Officer Leuthardt found numerous hunters out early to kick off this year’s waterfowl opener but did not see widespread success. Many hunters attributed the slow opening weekend to higher than average water, but despite the conditions many were still happy to be out hunting. Officer Leuthardt has received several reports from local taxidermists reporting the intake of big game animals back to Minnesota from other states that do not comply with the state’s new CDW protocols. She wants to remind all hunters bringing deer, elk, moose or caribou back into Minnesota to review and follow the protocols for bringing their animal back into the state.

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked the duck opener in Carver County and checked anglers on the metro area lakes and rivers.  He took calls on animal complaints and answered questions to the public on waterfowl hunting regulations.  Officer Lee also returned calls to the Asian community on firearm safety classes and small game hunting regulations.

Bloomington - vacant.

Ft. Snelling - vacant.

Osseo - vacant

Waconia - vacant.

District 14 - East Metro area

CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked waterfowl hunters over the opening weekend. Several hunters were seen out hunting and success was fair to good for some hunters. Small game and bow hunters were also worked during the week. CO Pril also responded to complaints and injured animal calls.

CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) and COC reports working the waterfowl opener and found many hunters having success. Officers also continued to check small game hunters, archery deer hunters, anglers and handled TIP calls. Violations for the week included no license in possession, transporting loaded firearms, no federal duck stamp, enter WMA during closed hours, AIS violation, and also take nongame bird.

CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) patrolled Anoka County for hunting and ATV activity. CO Salzer patrolled Anoka County on the waterfowl opener and observed several violations. Enforcement action was taken.

CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent a busy waterfowl opener checking hunters in the area. Varying degrees of success were observed with hunters declining majorly on day two of the season.  Enforcement action for the week included no PFD’s, no HIP certification, and trespassing.

White Bear Lake – vacant

Maplewood – vacant

Eagan – vacant

Metro Rec – vacant

District 15 - Marshall area

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports seeing limits of wood ducks and teal in the bag for duck opener.  The hunters who found healthy wetlands were rewarded with limits of ducks.  Reports of shining, deer baiting, and taking over limits of fish are under investigation.  Please make sure to check your license to ensure you have your state and federal waterfowl stamp when hunting ducks and geese.
CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) spent time checking archery deer hunters, and waterfowl hunters throughout the week.   Opening weekend of waterfowl was productive for some hunters, while others reported few to no ducks.  Hunter’s bags consisted of mostly teal and wood ducks, with a few redheads mixed in.   Enforcement action included no licenses in possession, federal waterfowl stamp violations, and no HIP certification. 

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking anglers, dove hunters, and duck/goose hunters.  Duck opener was fairly successful.  Eastern sloughs in the area produced better duck hunting than did western sloughs.  Hunters who were willing to work their way to remote sloughs often bagged limits of mixed species of large ducks.  Most sloughs, particularly those with large water bodies, produced scant numbers of ducks – typically teal and mallard.  Several investigations are being conducted.  Enforcement action was taken for drive on WMA, unplugged shotgun, no stamps/licenses/HIP, and over limit of redhead.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports waterfowl opener was busy with plenty of private and public sloughs full of hunters. Even with all the hunters out to push ducks around, success was down from last year. Most of the ducks harvested were teal, wood duck, mallards, shovelers, ring bills, and redheads.  Bugs continue to be a big topic for archery deer hunters. Most hunters have decided to wait until a good freeze before going back out. Fall walleye success continues to pick up as water temps drop. 

CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) reports a fair start to the waterfowl season. Waterfowl hunter's bag limits consisted of mostly teal and wood ducks. Enforcement action was taken for license and stamp issues, and failure to have appropriate PFD's. Please remember all watercraft, including boats used for waterfowl hunting, are required to have approved PFD's for each person on board. An approved throwable device on boats 16 feet or longer is also required. Officer Gutzwiller also assisted at a Firearms Safety Class field day held in Dawson. 

Lake Benton- Vacant

Benson- Vacant

Worthington- Vacant

District 16 - New Ulm area

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar-West) checked waterfowl hunters and noted mixed success.  He spent time on beaver complaints.  Officer Denz also checked anglers and boaters.

CO Shane Vernier (Willmar-East) spent time on area water for the waterfowl opener.  He also checked anglers and small game hunters.  Calls with questions were answered including trespass, archery, and waterfowl hunting.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent time checking waterfowl hunters over the busy opener. There were mainly blue-winged teal and wood ducks that were being shot with a few mallards mixed in and a northern shoveler as well. Anglers were also checked during the week as fall fishing seems to be picking up.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson-West) started training with a COC. The officers transported an injured juvenile peregrine falcon to the Raptor Center for treatment. The officers also worked a busy opening weekend for waterfowl. Many hunters were seen with their limit of ducks. It was found that hunters in flooded fields were having better luck than those on area lakes. Shore anglers were also checked throughout the week. Enforcement action consisted of no license in possession and invalid registration on a PWC.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson-East) reports working the opening of the waterfowl season this week.  Time was spent checking hunters of all ages out in the lakes and fields after ducks and geese.  Officer Oberg reports those hunters which hunted waterfowl in flooded agricultural fields had the best success.  Some hunters were able to get limits both days while those on more traditional waterfowl spots struggled at times.  Officer Oberg took enforcement action for no license in possession, transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, hunt with lead shot, and no state waterfowl validation.  He also fielded several calls regarding water access up until the waterfowl opener.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) worked waterfowl hunting, boating, angling, ATV and aquatic invasive species activities.  Flooded field hunting for waterfowl was productive this week.  The waterfowl hunting on traditional marshes and lakes was hit and miss.  A mixed bag of dabbling and diving ducks was observed but wood ducks were the most common species taken.

CO Dustin Miller (Windom) reports hunters having a fairly successful duck opening weekend.  A majority of hunters contacted harvested wood duck and teal.  Enforcement action for the week consisted of federal and state duck stamp violations, use of prohibited motorized decoys, hunting in prohibited areas, ATV violations, and a party is being charged with DAC-IPS.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) reports that he worked the duck opener.  Several checks revealed mostly teal and wood ducks in the bag with some other species as well.  Officer Gruhlke followed up on a complaint of dead pelicans near Okabena in Jackson County.  He also completed his radio program, discussing topics including duck opener, fall fishing and area activity.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) checked anglers and hunters.  Waterfowl hunters were out in full force as birds have many places to hide with abundant water areas.  AIS reminders were given at accesses.  The Sherburne FAS class was attended and taught.

District 17 - Mankato area

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) focused the majority of his time on waterfowl enforcement, archery deer, and assisting with local flooding issues. CO Henke reports a busy opening weekend for duck hunters. Multiple different violations were encountered and two teenagers learned the importance of having life jackets when their ten-foot john boat swamped while duck hunting.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) focused primarily on preparing for and working the opening duck hunting season this week. With all the extra water around bird numbers were scattered with pockets of good success in some areas, and limited success in other “traditional hot spots”. Additional time was spent monitoring fishing, boating, and ATV activity.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato 2) assisted Blue Earth County with flood water issues.  The officer reports a slower than normal waterfowl opener, likely due to the plentiful water standing in the fields. A commercial trapping issue is also being investigated.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) reports that heavy rains continue to cause high water on area lakes and rivers. CO Howe worked waterfowl opener, with minor violations detected. High water and lots of flooded fields tended to keep the birds dispersed over a wide area. CO Howe and other local conservation officers also responded to requests of flood relief assistance in the city of St. Clair.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked anglers, small game hunters, waterfowl hunters, and archery deer hunters.  Boaters, AIS activity, and ATV operators were also checked during the week.  The officer received phone calls from landowners with deer stands on their property without permission.  Assistance was given to a local police department and sheriff’s offices with various law enforcement calls.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) focused primarily on working duck hunters and fishermen this week.  Recent heavy rains have caused a dramatic raise in water levels in lakes and rivers.  This has slowed fishing a bit.  Duck hunters were out in full force for Saturday’s opener although success was very limited.  Hunters who ventured out on Sunday were much more successful with wood ducks being the most common species harvested.

CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato) focused on deer hunting and waterfowl activity. Waterfowl hunters typically had a couple of ducks in the bag. Most had trouble finding a good number of birds. The flooding in the area may have played a role in success for the opener. Officer VanThuyne also continued an investigation and assisted local communities affected by the flood.

Spring Valley - Vacant

District 18 - Rochester area

CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports working the waterfowl opener at the Reno Bottoms on the Mississippi River. High water flooded most of the public access sites and hunting was poor at best. Some groups checked never fired a shot. For the few hunters that bagged birds, wood ducks and teal were the most common. Violations encountered were no license in possession, no federal stamp and no state stamp. Small game hunters and bow hunters were also checked.

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) and COC worked waterfowl opener and hunter turnout was poor due to unseasonably high water on the Mississippi River.  Hunters averaged one to two birds per person. Citations were issued for unplugged shotguns.  Angling is still active and the bite has been good for certain species.  The officers were involved in a foot pursuit of a shore angler, which resulted in an arrest for possession of a controlled substance.

CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) reports working a busy opening weekend of the 2016 duck season.  Hunters averaged approximately two birds a hunter over the weekend with six different species checked.  The high water had hunters and fishermen finding the birds and fish in all new locations.  Enforcement action include the usual license, stamp, and safety equipment issues along with some toxic shot and over limits.

CO Trent Seamans (Rochester 2) spent the majority of the week patrolling for small game and waterfowl enforcement. Additional efforts were spent presenting at firearm safety classes and checking anglers. Enforcement action was taken for failing to sign a federal duck stamp, having an unplugged shotgun, and using a motor in a closed area.

CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly small game and waterfowl hunters during the week.  Duck opener success was mixed, but some did well.  The rising river made fishing tougher and less cover for duck hunters. 

CO Phil George (Rochester) worked waterfowl hunters over the weekend and took complaints of trespass and ATVs operating in a WMA.  Enforcement action for ATVs in WMA, possession of small amount of marijuana and operate unregistered ATV.

LaCrescent – Vacant

Red Wing – Vacant

Zumbrota – Vacant

Training Section

 

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

 

Aviation Section

CO Pilot Chris Lofstuen (Grand Rapids) reports another busy week of flying.  Missions included creel surveys, waterfowl enforcement flights, telemetry, training and several flights relating to storm damage.  Aircraft maintenance was also conducted.

CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports a week of rotary training. Pilot Jensen also flew waterfowl recon scout flights for ground officers. Some Leech Lake survey flights were flown and some telemetry was performed during these flights.

CO Pilot Robert Geving (New Ulm) was grounded for the week due to inclement weather.  Pilot Geving attended to maintenance issues, flight planning, and worked on updating training tasks.

NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew duck surveys for Bemidji and Thief Lake. Pilot Heineman also flew Forest Assessment to check on conditions of the leaf colors for the upcoming color IR contract photo flights. 

NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) continued with helicopter training for one pilot, and did maintenance and administrative tasks.  Poor weather cancelled training flights. 

Water Resource Enforcement Officers

WREO Joseph Stattelman (NW) spent the week following up on animal complaints. Time was spent talking to fishermen and hunters.  High ATV use areas were patrolled. AIS law compliance was monitored with many docks and lifts coming out of area lakes. Time was spent working on open cases and taking calls and complaints on new cases for PW and WCA.

WREO Mike Scott (NE) participated in a conference call for WCA/PW/APM issues with other WREOS. Officer Scott assisted City of Duluth and St. Louis County with the MN DNR Air wing in conducting damage assessment for potential fire dangers in and around Duluth. Officer Scott checked waterfowl hunters on area lakes and rivers in the Duluth area. Hunters were out and those that made it had better than average luck from past years with all hunting groups contacted having many birds.

WREO Robert Haberman (North Central) checked duck hunters over the waterfowl opener. WREO Haberman also checked small game hunters and ATV activity around the area. WREO Haberman also worked on WCA cases and issued a cease and desist order for fill and solid waste in a wetland. AIS enforcement was also conducted.

WREO Keith Bertram (Central) checked duck hunters over the weekend and observed a high violation rate.  One particular group of hunters were found to be missing licenses, plugs, PFDs, and also shot at a pheasant thinking it might be a duck.  Citations were issued and it was suggested that the group conduct some law research before returning to hunting. 

WREO Larry Hanson (SW) followed up on WCA and PW cases. AIS equipment was checked on area lakes and rivers. Opening duck season was worked with many duck hunters out on area WMA’s. Enforcement action was taken for license violations.

WREO Julie Siems (SE) worked a busy waterfowl opener with lots of wood ducks seen in the bag.  A K9 demo was conducted and anglers and ATVs were also checked.

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 the online course information, 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 and Adult Snowmobile Safety Courses and instructor training sessions.

Please direct questions to 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 take the online course and hands-on day or attend the traditional youth course.  Those 16 or older can take the online 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 online course.  Persons under age 16 must complete the ATV online Course and riding component before riding on public lands. Please direct questions to 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, 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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  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:

NW RTO Greg Oldakowski reports assisting with parents trying to find FAS classes for their children.  Potential instructors were contacted and invited to an upcoming instructor clinic.  The waterfowl season opening weekend was worked with a lower than average number of hunters and few birds being taken.  One youth was checked who said they forgot the plug for the shotgun, so they made a plug as long as two shotgun shells.  Unfortunately, the plug was still too short and the gun was capable of holding four shells.  Assistance was provided in finding a new stick and cut to the proper length, and installing it in the gun. 

West Central RTO Frank Rezac reports assisting with DNR Wildlife firearms qualification in Marshall.  Saturday he helped facilitate a youth Firearm Safety/Hunter Education Field Day for online students in St. Cloud.  Calls were also taken regarding regulation questions and questions about DNR safety training programs.  Instructor equipment needs were also addressed for upcoming firearm/hunter education classes and an ATV class.

Rec Vehicle Coordinator Bruce Lawrence attended ATVAM annual fall ride and rally event in McGregor. The event was well attended by ATV riders from across Minnesota.   RTO Lawrence attended a meeting with the MN Motorized Trails Coalition group in Bloomington to review enforcement issues and concerns and RTO Lawrence assisted RTO Neitzke with meeting at a volunteer safety instructors group in Edina. RTO Lawrence checked on area waterfowl hunters in northern Isanti County; good limit of ducks from area ponds. Enforcement action taken for not possessing small game license in possession while afield and operate an unregistered ATV.

SW Metro Kevin Neitzke attended a Minnesota Volunteer Safety Instructor meeting.  He made calls and sent emails regarding instructor recruitment, and firearms safety instructor training. RTO Neitzke assisted with an online firearms safety field day at Carlos Avery WMA.  He also worked on volunteer instructor background checks.

Southern RTO Dan McBroom spent the week working on instructor backgrounds and setting up classes for instructor training.  Time was spent at the MPCA & DNR Health and Safety Fair in St. Paul.  Assistance was given at a Wildlife qualification shoot in Marshall.

RTO                                                               PHONE NUMBERS/E-MAIL:
NE RTO Vacant                                                       
NW RTO Greg Oldakowski                           218-631-5972   gregory.oldakowski@state.mn.us
West Central RTO Frank Rezac                     320-552-3948   frank.rezac@state.mn.us
Southern RTO Dan McBroom                        507-251-0041    daniel.mcbroom@state.mn.us
SW Metro Kevin Neitzke                               651-463-3168    kevin.neitzke@state.mn.us
Rec Vehicle Coordinator Bruce Lawrence     763-267-8534    bruce.lawrence@state.mn.us

Curriculum Specialist:  Vacant

Education Specialist:  Vacant

Curriculum Coordinator:  Vacant

 

 

 

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