CO (Conservation Officer) Jim Guida (Brainerd East) Deer-hunting exercise has picked up and hunters are reminded to buy appropriate licenses and never threat looking privileges and forfeitures by looking over a baited space.
Guida labored waterfowl-hunting enforcement and big-game looking enforcement this week. The Central Zone was closed for duck looking and was monitored for exercise. Compliance was good.
CO Amber Ladd (Aitkin) continued to remain busy with a number of trespass-related questions and complaints within the space. Ladd labored a few deer-bait complaints and continued work on a background investigation for the subsequent CO Academy.
CO Chelsey Finest (Pequot Lakes) labored fall looking, fishing and ATV exercise this week. Enforcement motion was taken for no helmets on juveniles, registration points, transporting loaded firearms and staying longer than allowed within the forest. Help was additionally supplied with an ATV crash with accidents.
CO Nate Benkofske (McGregor) studies checking duck and small-game hunters within the space. Hotter climate has not pushed duck migrations from farther-north areas but. Enforcement motion was taken for no small-game license, no PFDs, lead shot whereas waterfowl looking, and unplugged shotguns.
CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) attended a group outreach occasion known as Contact a Truck. Giant vehicles and heavy tools from across the Brainerd lakes space had been on show. Group members who attended had been educated on how the tools is used and had conversations with tools operators. Sullivan additionally labored big-game violations that included trespassing and unregistered deer.
CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) checked anglers on space lakes. Fish appear to be biting nicely. Duck hunters checked appeared to have much less success. The nice and cozy climate just isn’t bringing any new birds recently. Flerage investigated a name a few lifeless swan.
District 2 – Bemidji space
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) dealt with a number of calls and addressed varied questions and issues from the general public.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) studies taking calls of off-highway bikes operating on county highways and within the ditches. He additionally answered questions associated to the archery deer season and trespassing. Vinton additionally continued work on a CO Prep background investigation.
District 4 – Walker space
CO Nick Baum (Park Rapids) patrolled the realm for looking and leisure car exercise. He assisted native regulation enforcement with the seek for and apprehension of an individual. Baum assisted the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Workplace with an ATV accident. He continues to research a big-game violation. He assisted with an ATV class in Park Rapids and authorized 13 youth riders.
CO Jacque Hughes (Longville) checked looking and angling exercise. Enforcement was taken for a fishing overlimit.
CO Patrick McGowan (Walker) labored space lakes for angling and boating exercise. Anglers are reporting combined success. Enforcement motion was taken for quite a few angling violations.
CO Michael Cross (Lake George) carried out coaching, answered quite a few questions, and carried out tools upkeep. Outside actions had been monitored and a rise has been seen in looking participation as fall continues. As we enter into the final week of the bear season, hunters are reminded to scrub up bait stations and depart the woods as you discovered them as soon as you might be completed looking.
District 7 – Grand Rapids space
CO Vinny Brown (Northome) labored small-game, ATV, and big-game enforcement. Giant numbers of hunters within the space report small numbers of grouse and woodcock being taken. Enforcement motion was taken for quite a few ATV-registration violations, permitting unlawful operation of a side-by-side by a toddler, grouse looking with no small-game license, grouse looking with no small-game licenses in possession, and transporting loaded firearms in motor automobiles. Questions associated to small-game looking had been answered and miscellaneous looking complaints had been taken.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers and investigated complaints of litter, wanton waste, trespass and looking after hours this week. Fairbanks and his K9 associate Si additionally taught the legal guidelines and ethics portion of a firearm security class. Enforcement motion was taken for license points and transporting a loaded firearm.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) labored duck-hunting exercise with a lull within the space motion. It appears native birds have gone south and there hasn’t been any climate to carry geese down from Canada. Enforcement motion was taken on a person who dumped a considerable amount of building particles on non-public property. A quotation was issued and the get together cleaned up the pile.
CO Taylor Hochstein (Hill Metropolis) observed various success charges amongst space grouse and woodcock hunters. Hunters who had been prepared to stroll and get off the principle path had higher luck than those that caught to the path. Panfish anglers had some luck because the crappies moved off the weed beds and began to group up in deeper water.
District 10 – Mille Lacs space
CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked lake exercise. Hotter-than-average climate resulted in plenty of anglers and dock removing. Leaves are beginning to come off the bushes, serving to small-game hunters. Verkuilen additionally checked ATV visitors, issued nuisance-animal permits, and assisted with an arrest in a neighboring station.
CO Victoria Griffith (Isle) monitored archery, small-game and waterfowl hunters, ATV riders and anglers all through the week. A number of of the anglers checked on Mille Lacs Lake acknowledged the the fishing success has been sluggish. The Crimson Prime and Solana Loop ATV trails remained busy by means of the weekend. Griffith wish to remind riders to remain on the designated path. Help was given through the week with a seek for a lacking particular person. Time was spent by means of the week fielding calls on waterfowl looking and the upcoming firearms deer season.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) labored on a background investigation for the CO Prep program. She acquired injured-animal complaints and questions concerning the upcoming youth hunt.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) labored on two separate wolf-kill investigations the place beef calves have been killed. Small-game and archery looking actions had been checked, in addition to some shining work from downside areas. A wetland fill case was additionally labored on.
CO Mikeena Mattson (Wealthwood) studies working small-game, big-game, sport fishing, and ATV/OHM enforcement this previous week. Time was spent aiding the Pine County Sheriff’s Workplace with a search. Time was additionally spent finishing annual coaching. Calls had been fielded relating to trapping, aquatic vegetation, and wetlands.
District 11 – St. Cloud space
CO Stephen Westby (Little Falls) labored space lakes for boating and fishing exercise. Westby took calls about trespassing complaints and normal DNR-related info. He labored the Spider Lake ATV Park over the weekend. He additionally positioned a number of small-game hunters and assisted at an ATV crash throughout the park.
CO Tou Vang (Pierz) proceed to watch ATV and looking actions within the station. He investigated a wetland-violation criticism, issued a allow for a black bear that was hit by a automobile, and arrested a person for DWI.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) labored waterfowl enforcement this week with a give attention to hunters out through the closed season. He’s seeing fishing exercise bettering as nicely.
CO Keith Bertram (Lengthy Prairie) spent the week checking hunters and anglers. A trespass name was dealt with the place an individual entered a neighbor’s property and closed a drainage ditch. A deer-shining criticism space was labored.
District 12 – Princeton space
CO Mike Krauel (Mora) spent the week checking small-game hunters and checking anglers. Krauel additionally checked migratory waterfowl hunters and patrolled for ATV actions. Enforcement motion was taken for possession of marijuana, fishing with an additional line, and unlawful transportation of migratory waterfowl.
CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) studies flying a waterfowl survey flight and aiding with a seek for a lacking particular person in east-central Minnesota. Jensen additionally spoke to the Brainerd Excessive Faculty aviation class. Varied wetland and waters potential violations had been discovered and forwarded to native officers for observe up.
NR (Pure Sources) Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) accomplished trout stocking by helicopter in lakes north of Grand Marais. He additionally labored on helicopter upkeep, and attended an aviation webinar.
CO Pilot Charles Scott (Grand Rapids) accomplished required on-line coaching. He labored on coaching curriculums and coaching displays.
Water Useful resource Enforcement Officers
WREO Joseph Stattelman (NW) spent the week engaged on open instances and following up on calls and complaints. Time was spent checking small-game hunters and waterfowl hunters. AIS compliance was checked at space public entry. Tools was maintained.
WREO Robert Haberman (North Central) continued engaged on a background for the 2022 CO Academy. Circumstances had been checked and a firearms security area day was attended.
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Joe Albert, Communications coordinator | Division of Enforcement
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