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CO Tales - September, 2006
Weekly Conservation Officer Report
Compiled By Richard Sprouse, Minnesota DNR
District 1 Baudette Area
CO Angela Warren (Baudette) investigated complaints of ATV operation in two WMAs. Anglers and boaters on Lake of the Woods checked. Activity slow due to high winds. Small game hunters having good success with ruffed grouse. Several areas checked for deer shining and shiner netting.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Warroad) reports rainy weather kept grouse hunters out of the woods. Deer shining areas and a TIP complaint on a bear shot from the road investigated. Complaints concerning bear baits and trespass investigated.
CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) assisted with a deer shining detail in LOW Co. A complaint of timber wolf depredation turned out to be coyotes killing turkeys. Good grouse success despite wet weather. Many calls concerning deer baiting.
CO Pat Znajda (Karlstad) checked small game and archery deer hunters. Wet weather kept hunters away from the woods during morning hours, but numbers increased as day improved. Complaints of ATVs operating in WMAs, wetlands, areas posted No ATVs investigated. Complaints of wolf depredation, bobcat depredation, injured hawks.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) reports youth waterfowl hunters, that braved the weather, had good success taking ducks and geese. Grouse hunters did quite well. Bear hunters continue to spend time in the woods, with some complaints of illegal bait.
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District 2 Bemidji Area
CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) checked Smokey Hills State Forest for illegal bear baits.
CO Greg Spaulding (Bagley) investigated several TIP complaints of over limits of fish. Few small game hunters out for opener, due to rainy weather. Grouse numbers have hunters encouraged for a good season. An investigation into a buck deer poached and left to rot, with the antlers removed, was started in the Pinewood area. Worked with Beltrami County officials on a possible encroachment onto county land by a private landowner.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) investigated complaints of over limits of fish, injured hawk, deer stand left on public land. Assistance given to local law enforcement officers with a felon in possession of a firearm and locating a missing person.
CO Stuart Bensen (Crookston) reports good success among walleye anglers. An over limit of fish complaint investigated. Youth Waterfowl hunt slow, few ducks seen in the area. Was assisted with the search for a missing elderly man.
CO Mike Hruza (Bemidji) assisted Bemidji PD restrict access to an area containing a possible pipe bomb. The bomb squad destroyed the object. The container actually contained a musky lure.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) investigated complaints of permanent deer stands in WMAs, with the help of wildlife managers. A TIP complaint of deer baiting investigated. Requests for crossbow and disability permits addressed. Young hunters participated in Youth Waterfowl Day. All young hunters contacted had opportunities to take ducks. A vehicle hit an eagle and WEO Traci Hanson picked up the bird.
CO Alan Peterson (Osage) assisted Becker County Sheriffs Department with a vehicle crash and a boating incident where a boat operator, operating at night did not see a cattail area and drove the boat a long way into the bog. Grouse and archery deer hunters out and having some success.
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District 3 - Fergus Falls Area
CO Gary Forsberg (Fergus Falls) reports activity slowed for dove and goose hunters with success dropping. Very few youth observed for Youth Waterfowl Day. Handled car kill deer.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) received calls of an injured loon, several beaver complaints in problem areas, checked on a bean field baited with corn. Checked into a complaint of dead trees drug and left onto a WPA and discovered a wetland conservation act violation of two roadways built across wetlands to allow ATVs to cross. Many geese in the area, but hunters are having scattered success. Received a call of nuisance deer eating out of cattle feeders at night and during the day the turkeys were chasing the cattle out of the pasture.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) reports deer hunters having good success but geese not as common in the bag. Youth waterfowl hunters down. Would encourage adults who know a youth interested in waterfowl hunting to take advantage next year.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) spent time on a background check for a Wisconsin Conservation Warden. Took action for ATV illegal operation, fishing, hunting violations. Finalized charges with Douglas County Attorney on over limit case.
CO Mike Shelden (Alexandria) worked on a complaint during the youth waterfowl hunt concerning adults hunting ducks. The youth hunt was not well attended in the area. Time was spent on area lakes checking fishermen and boaters. Attended a meeting between some hunters and a landowner where relations have been strained.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) reports anglers caught some walleyes in area lakes. Found stormy weather on Saturday morning and observed only a few youth out taking advantage of Youth Waterfowl Day. Found that the kids were having a great time and getting a few ducks. Was assisted by CO Nelson (Elbow Lake) Saturday with checks of bow deer hunters and hunters out for small game opener. Continued to monitor interstate transportation of minnows and issued a minnow transportation permits to out of state minnow haulers as well.
CO Kurt Nelson (Glenwood) reports the weekend saw Youth Waterfowl Day and opening of the Archery season. He and Officer Sheldon worked Stevens County on a complaint area. Very few hunters out on Saturday hunting even though the weather held off for most of the weekend.
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District 4 - Wadena Area
CO Neil Freborg (Lake George) removed a dead deer from Evergreen Lake, confiscated and sold a car-killed bobcat, worked the openers for archery deer, small game, youth waterfowl hunt. Assisted Clearwater County Sheriffs Dept. with a search for a lost bowhunter. The 54 yr. old male spent a wet night in the woods after becoming disoriented on Saturday afternoon. He was located about 9:00 a.m. Sunday, with assistance of Sheriffs Posse and family members. He was wet and tired, but OK.
CO Mike Lawrence (Park Rapids) reports panfish picking up. Three different groups of fishermen charged with possessing over limit of sunfish. Checked ATVs in the Paul Bunyan State Forest and checked on a complaint of ATVs riding off trail in Smokey Hills State Forest. Hunting success has been mixed with a few deer taken but very few grouse. He also checked on a trespass complaint.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked a complaint on an over limit of fish taken by non-residents. Enforcement taken on 2 individuals with 19 crappies over their limit. Investigated a complaint of theft of money at a State Forest Campground and, with the help of a DNR Forester from Brainerd and a Cass Co Deputy, made a case of felony theft by using a surveillance camera.
CO Colleen Adam (OHV Recreation Officer Park Rapids) spent time during the week working a TIP complaint in the Park Rapids area lakes resulting in three overlimit cases. Other complaints consisted of litter on the Heartland State Trail, nuisance beaver, erosion issues from excessive OHV use in Smoky Hills State Forest. Attended the ATVAM Convention in Silver Bay where hundreds of riders had converged for the annual fall ride.
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District 5 - Eveleth Area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) investigated a small wildfire started by a muffler of a motor vehicle as they were driving on ATV trails. People need to use some common sense when the fire index is very high.
CO Thomas Sutherland (International Falls) reports a local individual had a brush pile burning during the fire ban period. Some rain has fallen, but conditions still very dry. Some Rainy River walleyes caught. Small game season kicked off with a good start. Almost everyone checked saw grouse with most having a couple birds in hand.
CO Lloyd Steen (Ray) patrolled forest roads checking grouse hunters, fair to good success with the heavy leaf cover. Checked two TIP complaints on illegal fishing and handled a nuisance bear complaint where a landowner killed a 600 lb. bear.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports a few grouse observed along forest roads. Grouse hunters checked and most had a bird or two. Not much big game hunting activitya. Bear hunters have left and no archery deer hunters observed. Fishing reports indicate muskie fishermen doing quite well. Lake cabin owners are busy pulling docks and lifts and closing up the cabin for winter.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) reports grouse hunters had fair success despite cool and rainy weather, yet youth waterfowl hunters had conditions to their liking. A collision between an auto and bull moose unfortunately resulted in the death of the driver. A hunter harassment, goose and grouse hunting complaint investigated. Two littering cases completed with citations issued. One suspect had 3 truckloads of litter in 3 different locations, miles apart.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) handled complaints of deer stands on other peoples property and deer baiting. Investigated reports of a person who was filling in a wetland. Began preparing for a court case for Hibbing PD. Within 30 minutes of the scheduled court time the defendant pled guilty.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) reports walleyes caught on Vermillion and a number of muskie fishermen out for a tournament. Violations of no angling license and illegal slot fish found. While on Vermillion a large column of smoke was seen and upon investigation a cabin along with outbuildings were one fire. Contacted St Louis Co Sheriffs dispatch and fire crews were dispatched. Cause of fire unknown. A few kids out for Youth Duck hunt but few ducks found. Grouse and deer archery hunters found the conditions wet from much needed rain.
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District 6 - Two Harbors Area
CO Tom Wahlstrom (Tofte) reports grouse hunters happy with the amount of birds they have seen this year. Assisted sheriffs dept and Boarder Patrol with evacuation on the Gunflint Trail. Checked anglers at the mouth of the Temperance River where there have been complaints of illegal activity. Enforcement for angling with no license, no trout stamp, small game license not in possession, OHM on highway, failure to display ATV registration.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports the one year turn around for grouse has been impressive. Seem to be everywhere, however, rain on opening day made them scarce. People who got out on foot did well. Leaf looker traffic tends to keep them off roadways during weekend. Designated trout lakes have done well all season. Even the ones with the heavier pressure are still producing. People have doing well from shore.
CO Brad Johnson (Silver Bay) attended the ATVAM annual convention in Silver Bay. More than 300 ATV riders participated in activities. Most of his time was spent on ATV enforcement.
CO Mike Lekatz (Ely) started an investigation on a wetlands violation on Little Long Lake, handled a fishing contest weigh in.
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District 7 - Grand Rapids Area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) investigated complaints on destroying aquatic plants and poaching deer. Enforced burning regulations, assisted Koochiching County sheriffs office. Enforcement action was taken for operating ATVs on a public roadway and failing to display ATV registration.
CO Brian Buria (Bigfork) reports receiving several ATV complaints on State Hwy 1, patrolling campgrounds, working opening of grouse and bow season. Four men face restitution charges that may exceed $25,000 after failing to fully extinguish their campfire. As a result several aircraft were needed to put out the wild fire.
CO Sam Hunter (Grand Rapids) took a report of people shooting geese in city limits.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Grand Rapids) handled road kill bear, assisted state patrol with call of horses in roadway. Action for operating ATV on roadway, failing to display registration on ATV, no angling license in possession, unsigned duck stamp.
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District 8 - Cloquet Area
CO Randy Hanzal (Brookston) reports an American Bald Eagle was found dead near Grand Lake after apparently being shot with birdshot. The public is being asked for help in the solving of this senseless crime. Time was also spent investigating a small forest fire in the area.
CO Dale Ebel (Duluth) reports small game opener rather slow. Hunters reporting seeing some grouse, but unable to get very many shots off, due to heavy cover. Bow hunters checked were just glad to get out and spend some time in the woods. One hunter had just harvested a doe when checked. Most bow hunters are waiting for the opportunity to harvest a buck and are letting the does pass by.
CO Chris Johnson (Marine Unit) reports drought continues to keep the fall fish run in check. Rivers are barely running on the North Shore. Good news is rains are predicted and should bring salmon into the streams quickly thereafter. When fishing Lake Superior, put your gear down to about 180 or so and you should find some fish. Continued to work a fire investigation on the Iron Range conducting interviews and putting the case file together.
CO Keith Olson (Marine Unit) reports hunters seemed happy to be spotting a few birds and getting back out into the bush. Several ATVs checked with a few minor registration issues. Bear hunters reporting spotty success. A few brook trout fishermen checked inland. They had a respectable creel of brookies. Leaves are starting to turn nicely.
Officer Mike Scott (Marine Unit) talked with a county attorney on a case involving the shooting of a timber wolf.
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District 9 - Brainerd Area
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) reports a high number of hunters out for the start of archery season with many deer already registered. Hunters are reminded that a license purchased after the start of the season is not valid until the 2nd day after issued. Landowners experiencing nuisance bear issues are reminded to remove the food source and the bear will likely disappear.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) reports hunters harvesting nice size bears. Youth having a good time shooting at ducks. A few hunters were reminded that a Firearm Safety Certificate is required to be in possession while hunting. Mallards, teal, wood ducks, pintails were the birds taken in the area.
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) handled one incident where two trespassers ran and hid in a swamp after being discovered and confronted by the landowner. The two individuals told the officer that they didnt think that walking past No Trespassing signs, under a fence, and around a gate was a big deal. They now face trespassing charges and a court appearance. A concern of possible water pollution on an area lake turned out to be algae.
CO Brent Speldrich (McGregor) dealt with ATV operating in wetlands, ATVs operating on county roads and requests for ATV permits during firearms deer season. Along with several other COs focused on OHV operation in McGregor area. A local organized ride had approx 180 riders registered for the event. Local organizers provide safety and survival equipment to area youth during firearms training, snowmobile training and ATV training.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) reports squirrel and grouse hunters out in large numbers. Hunters had fair success on squirrels and poor success with grouse. Violations included no blaze orange, no license, trespass. Anglers doing well on area lakes for walleye and panfish. Investigated a shoreline violation where a person excavated in a lakebed. When CO Posner questioned the individual he replied that he removed all the aquatic plans and organic material in an effort to clean up his property. That is the most common reason he has received from folks who do this type of work.
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District 10 - Mille Lacs Area
CO Dan Perron (Onamia) worked checking bear hunters. Saturday was very busy in the woods with archery deer, small game and youth waterfowl hunting. Hunting very slow for bear and deer but youth duck hunters had a great time with many ducks shots at (not many taken).
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) reports few youth waterfowl hunters seen along with few ducks. Ran into grouse and squirrel hunters. Hunters saw few birds. Ran into three dirt bike riders going across a farmers hay field after riding in a WMA. The riders were stopped and questioned. All three stated they did not recognize the spot as a hay field.
CO Gene Wynn (Hinckley) worked a complaint in St. Croix State Park, assisted WI DNR with several bear hunting related complaints. Enforcement included possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, ATVs on county roads, OHMs on roads.
CO Rob Haberman (Malmo) reports grouse numbers seem up as reported by hunters. Assisted the Aitkin County Sheriffs Office for the search and recovery of a McGregor man near the Prairie River. Assisted CO Mike Lee with a tip complaint, which resulted in action taken against two bear hunters. Received a call about a car-kill timber wolf near Hwy 65 east of Malmo, found deceased.
CO Mike Lee (Isle) received a TIP call that resulted in two citations for illegal bear bait, unregistered bait stations. Assisted Mille Lacs County Sheriffs Dept. with a lost hunter search. Party had been lost since 6:00 pm the night before. He was located the next morning wet and cold waiting on a trail for help. Attended a mass dispersion drill of medications for Aitkin County in the city of McGregor. While completing the exercise, asked to assist Aitkin County Sheriffs Dept. with locating a missing 75-year-old man. Officers Speldrich (McGregor) and Lee located the party floating in the Prairie River. They entered the water and brought the party to shore were they attempted to find signs of life, but were unable to.
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) investigated suspicious activity in Nemadji State Forest. Responded to complaints of problem ATV activity in Sturgeon Lake. Enforcement for riding an ATV on the shoulder of a county road.
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District 11 - Albany Area
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) handled a license fraud case of a boyfriend/girlfriend illegally purchasing husband/wife angling licenses. They had likely been found doing this for a number of years. This license is ONLY valid if you are legally married. Encountered archery deer hunters hunting over bait. Feeders with corn and grain were in very close proximity to the hunters. Any bait/food must be cleaned up for at least 10 days prior to hunting anywhere near the area. Squirrel hunters were out in force on local WMAs with squirrels being scarce due to high winds.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) reports touring Pine Center ATV trail with DNR Forestry and Enforcement personnel to inspect damage done to the area by ATVs going off trail. Enforcement taken for ATVs operating in wetlands and operate on public highway. Assisted Morrison SO in locating a person with a felony warrant. Deer shining complaints trickling in with surveillance done in several areas. Met with a landowner who is experiencing problems with the neighbors dogs running deer on his property; a plan of action was set in place. With low water conditions on area lakes fishermen are experiencing problems at public access sites when launching and loading boats. Use caution. One boater lost the axle from his trailer, hooking a concrete plank when removing the rig from the lake.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) reports some groups had success squirrel hunting in local WMAs. One group was making squirrel stew as Officer Thesing approached the group in the woods. Goose hunting activity seemed slow. Youth waterfowl hunting proved successful for those who took advantage of the early hunt. Most kids got plenty of shooting even if the ducks didnt fall out of the air. Action: illegal length northern, drive ATV on road, no registration on ATV, no hunting license in possession.
CO Rhonda Keniston (Long Prairie) handled an ongoing trespass complaint. An injured kestrel was taken care of. A dose of fall weather had many removing docks and watercraft for the season. Recreational lake activity minimal, including angling. Deer moving a bit more and earlier in the day, probably due to increased activity in the woods with archery and small game seasons opening.
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District 12 - St. Cloud Area
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked anglers, boaters, archery deer, goose hunters. Several animal complaints handled. Investigated a wetlands complaint and illegal ATV operation.
CO David Schottenbauer (Milaca) spent time working on Restoration Order violations on two wetland cases where land owners will not repair the damage they caused. Got to speak with several young hunters out for youth waterfowl day.
CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen on Mississippi River. Followed up on waters violation on Mississippi River. Wants everyone to know that just because the water is low on the Mississippi River they cant remove anything from the riverbed. Wants to inform all ATV operators they cant operate on sand bars and riverbeds either.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) followed up on a wetlands complaint and prepared equipment for upcoming waterfowl season. Youth one-day waterfowl hunt was hampered by rain and high winds in the area, but those that made it out found a high number of ducks in the area.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Mora) took enforcement action for unregistered boat, no PFDs, allowing children under 10 years of age in the boat without life jackets on. Youth waterfowl hunters had extremely good luck on Youth Waterfowl Day. Those that came out during the windy wet morning ended up with a fairly good day, good numbers of ducks.
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District 13 - West Metro Area
CO Todd Kanieski (Osseo) worked the archery deer and small game opener at Carlos Avery WMA. Investigated a deer baiting site.
CO Steve Walter (Waconia) worked small game and deer bow & arrow opener, which was very quiet. Checked anglers on special regulation lakes.
CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) patrolled Minnesota River for shore fishermen. Did boating enforcement on MN River with CO Nelson. Worked small game with CO Peterson in Dakota Co.
CO Thor Nelson (Bloomington) took wnforcement for possessing illegal fish in Pool 2 of Mississippi River, illegal filling of a wetland. Anglers reporting numbers of walleyes and sauger biting in Pool 2 of the Mississippi River. Pool 2 is a catch and release only area for walleyes, sauger, smallmouth, and largemouth bass.
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked small game opener in southeastern Minnesota. Violations: baiting deer, fail to display ATV registration, uncased gun and no blaze orange.
CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) checked fishing activity on area lakes. Issued two Cease and Desist Orders to an individual on Lake Minnetonka and performed a site inspection of a wetland restoration project in Chanhassen with local authorities.
CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) spent time patrolling Minnesota and Mississippi rivers with neighboring officers. Violations: angle with extra line, no angling license, no angling license in possession, possess bass in Pool 2 of Mississippi River.
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District 14 - East Metro Area
CO Travis Muyres (Ham Lake) worked small game opener in Anoka County. Hunters found to have marginal success. Met with a landowner in Ramsey concerning wildlife depredation.
CO Alex Gutierrez (Metro Rec Specialist) patrolled Carlos Avery WMA in afternoon into the evening. Both areas busy with all types of hunters. Compliance high to include young kids wearing their life jackets, properly plugged guns, correct licensing all around. Many adults out with youths enjoying and teaching respect for the outdoors even though weather was not the best. Limits of small game were seen all around.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) violations: uncased/unstrung bow, no blaze orange clothing while hunting squirrels, no fishing license in possession.
CO Jason Peterson (Eagan) patrolled Pool 2 of the Mississippi River and checked early goose hunters with CO Block. Rainy opener for archery deer hunters with few seen braving the weather. Several adults took young hunters out for waterfowl hunting Saturday. Success limited but there were ample shooting opportunities. CO Peterson and CO Neitzke were patrolling a gravel road near a WMA just before 10:00 am when they saw a truck stop in the middle of the road and throw garbage out the window. Officers stopped the truck and determined the driver had been drinking and had an open alcohol container hidden under the front passenger seat. Driver said he worked the night shift and was driving home. Dakota County deputies contacted, arrested the driver for DWI, and towed his truck.
CO Brett Oberg (Maplewood) reports minimal success observed in the metro area for small game and archery deer. Investigated WCA violations and patrolled the St. Croix River with DNR Waters staff. State parks were also patrolled.
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District 15 - Marshall Area
CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) assisted local law enforcement with storm spotting during tornado warnings.
CO Matt Loftness (Redwood Falls) reports youth waterfowl day, small game and archery openers slow because of early thunderstorms and wind. Young hunters that did venture out with parents were full of smiles. Majority of ducks taken were blue-wing teal and mallards.
CO Doug Lage (Marshall) found those who participated in youth waterfowl season did very well. Early goose season slowed. Enforcement action was taken on unsigned stamps.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week fielding a myriad of deer license questions. Angling success picked up in mornings. Commercial wildlife cases investigated.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Ortonville) reports area accesses patrolled to make sure trailers leaving lake were free of exotic species. Several mourning dove hunters and early goose hunters checked. Area lakes patrolled found to have moderate activity. Calls of ATV and nuisance beavers also handled.
CO Larry Hanson (Marshall) investigated a call of a male with three rooster pheasants in trunk of his car. A trespassing call investigated. Enforcement for fail to display valid registration on OHM. Angling w/o a license, no trout stamp, take or possess pheasants during closed season.
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District 16 - New Ulm Area
CO Wayne Hatlestad (Hutchinson) investigated an aquatic vegetation violation, and a possible water quality violation was referred to the PCA.
CO Jeff Koehn (Willmar) took action for no state waterfowl stamp and no federal waterfowl stamp. A special assignment for aquatic plant management violations conducted. Investigation into several escaped whitetail deer from deer farm initiated.
CO Nate Barington (Litchfield) violations found included taking waterfowl in open water and transporting uncased and loaded firearms.
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District 17 - Albert Lea Area
CO Joe Frear (Waseca) did a falcon site inspection with Non-game from New Ulm, had a bull elk get loose from a cervidae ranch near Elysian, dealt with various animal complaints.
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) weekend weather seemed to discourage many hunters from participating in small game and archery openers as well as special youth waterfowl hunt. Area waters patrolled and fishing activity picking up.
CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports numerous contacts with archery deer and small game hunters. ATV operators, anglers, goose hunters checked. WMAs and WPAs patrolled. Enforcement action was taken for several ATV violations.
CO Todd Langevin (Spring Valley) assisted Fillmore County SO with the search of a Meth Lab.
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District 18 - Rochester Area
CO Mitch Boyum (Rochester) reports small game success limited due to poor weather. A few archery hunters successful as some squirrel hunters. Violations: transport uncased firearm and bow, over-limit of squirrels, no blaze orange while small game hunting, operate motor vehicle on WMA.
CO Scott Fritz (LaCrescent) reports a busy small game and archery deer opener. Despite rain and wind all public lands had plenty of hunters. Fair numbers of squirrels taken. Very few deer harvested. ELCOP COs were down to help over the weekend. Enforcement for no small game license in possession, no blaze orange, park in no parking area, trespass. Assisted Fillmore officers with an opium drug case. Remember to park in designated parking areas or along the roadways where permitted. Pick up your trash since the CO had several complaints about garbage left behind by hunters.
CO Dan Book (Rushford) reports large numbers of hunters afield, especially at newly acquired Ferndale Ridge WMA. Large turn-out lead to complaints of over-crowding, parking difficulties, trespass, littering. Notes assistance of Metro CO ELCOPS Vang and Le on busy opener, and Vangs language expertise in assisting with an investigation of an individual suspected of smoking opium in a state forest camping area.
CO Dean Olson (Rochester) reports several calls have come in reporting headless deer found in roadways. Many broods of turkeys indicate a good survival rate this year thus far.
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports fall fishing is starting to pick up a little but due to some dredging in the Red Wing area the river is very dirty. Some shining and shooting calls received.
CO Tom Hemker (Winona) continues to investigate two different dumping cases in the area. There was a sighting of two bear cubs in a local campground in Winona County.
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District 1 Baudette Area
District 2 Bemidji Area
District 3 Fergus Falls Area
District 4 Wadena Area
District 5 Eveleth Area
District 6 Two Harbors Area
District 7 Grand Rapids Area
District 8 Cloquet Area
District 9 Brainerd Area
District 10 Mille Lacs Area
District 11 Albany Area
District 12 St. Cloud Area
District 13 West Metro Area
District 14 East Metro AreaDistrict 15 Marshall Area
District 16 New Ulm Area
District 17 Albert Lea Area
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