District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2014-11-18

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent the majority of the week checking deer hunters and working on deer hunting complaints. A detail was worked in Todd County where a high violation rate was seen especially with lending/borrowing licenses. As the season came to a close most parties or hunters reported seeing or taking a few deer. The first snowmobile contacts of the year were made. One stop resulted in multiple violations. With the frigid temperatures most smaller lakes were found to be frozen. CO Silgjord noticed the first ice angler of the year on Sunday as the angler was standing near a crack in the ice with open water only a couple hundred yards out. A reminder to all early ice anglers, they should consider safety first before venturing out. Other violations for the week included transport loaded firearm, transport deer while licensee not accompanying, fail to register deer within 48 hours, allow illegal operation of a snowmobile by a juvenile, and fail to display valid snowmobile registration.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) spent a majority of time working deer season activities. Deer shining complaints were worked. A lot of violations of lending and borrowing deer tag were found over the week. Ice has covered some lakes and more will follow soon with ice along shores. Enforcement action for the week included lend/borrow, transport loaded gun in motor vehicle, shoot from roadway fail to register deer, hunt deer with no license and trespass.
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) concentrated on deer hunting activities. Additional COs assisted in working Todd and western Morrison counties. A variety of violations were handled. Lending/borrowing licenses seemed to be the most frequent violation. A variety of phone call questions were answered; most were deer hunting related. TIP calls were investigated. A few snowmobilers tried out the new snow.

WREO Keith Bertram spent the week working deer hunters. Enforcement action was taken for baiting, lend and borrow deer license, fail to register deer, and transport loaded guns. Several deer and firearms were seized.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) last week checked deer hunters. CO Mies also checked ice anglers along with waterfowl hunters. CO Mies assisted neighboring officers and worked on TIP calls.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) reports that with the one deer limit more hunters seemed to make poor choices in getting their deer this year. Violations in Morrison County included hunting over bait, deer over limit (you mean you can?t shoot 2 bucks?), failing to validate tags, failing to tag deer, shoot from the roadway from a motor vehicle, and the most common violation of using mom?s tag when mom doesn?t hunt. One hunter picked up a car killed deer, but instead of calling a CO for free possession tag he put his wife?s deer tag on, who by the way doesn?t hunt and wasn?t with him, took it home and failed to register it. CO Kuske was called to a violation of a hunter trespassing and shooting within 500 feet of a house. The hunter was found with his father and his son, dragging the deer out of the woods that he had illegally shot. Upon further investigation it was found that the grandfather and father had the youth shoot a deer earlier that day from the road in front of a residence within 500 feet. Unfortunately this was how the youth was mentored on getting his very first deer.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) reports the most common violation of this deer hunting season was the illegal lending and borrowing of licenses. One individual used the deer tags of two individuals while they were at work and had a third license of another party in his possession that he was trying to fill as well. Two persons disappointed with lack of success while hunting started driving around after dark looking for deer. They will be charged with gross misdemeanors after getting caught shining and shooting a deer on a field. While hunting deer in a corn field two guys encountered a large black bear. At first the bear ran off, but later became aggressive, unwilling to back down from the hunters and continued to advance on them down the corn row. One of the hunters shot the bear and turned it over to CO Kuske. A number of trespass complaints and a hunter harassment case were resolved as well as working several road hunting complaints.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) checked deer and pheasant hunters. Seasonal equipment was squared away for the season. Snowmobile activity in the area increased with the snowfall resulting in numerous violations for altered mufflers and registration issues.

St. Cloud - vacant.