District 11 - St. Cloud area
Last updated: 2013-12-03
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) reports a quiet muzzleloader opener, literally, few shots were heard. Area lakes made ice through the week. Many have 4 inches or more; however, it may not be consistent. Most of the weekend was spent investigating trespass and trapping complaints.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, pheasant hunters, muzzleloader deer hunters, and wetland issues. Ice conditions in the Albany area have improved with most lakes having six or more inches. People have been using ATVs on some lakes and small houses are being seen. Deer success for muzzle loading opener seemed slow.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) winterized summer equipment. The officer fielded calls regarding public hunting in wildlife areas, and possible injured swans on Lake Koronis. End of the month administrative duties were done as well.
CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked ice anglers. CO Mies followed up on deer info. CO Mies worked on calls.
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time checking early ice anglers and pheasant hunters. Some success with panfish was seen on smaller area lakes and pheasants are starting to show up now that crops have been mostly removed. An untagged deer complaint was called in by a local police officer that resulted in the seizure of a deer and enforcement action being taken.
Conservation Officer Martin (St Cloud) completed cases from firearms deer season and checked hunters and trappers during the past week. Time was spent on TIP calls and general questions from the public as well.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) hiked a Wildlife Management Area due to a complaint of ATV traffic on the WMA and an illegal portable deer stand was found, but ATV traffic was unfounded. A complaint of garbage burning was investigated and calls are still coming in on deer baiting complaints from the firearms deer season and parents letting their nine-year-olds deer hunt (Must be 10 to hunt deer/big game animals).
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) found several people testing the limits of common sense by venturing out to do some fishing on a lake with numerous open water and thin ice areas. The local volunteer fire department personnel completed cold water rescue training last week. CO Kuske talked to a bait shop owner who explained to several customers heading out to go fishing about the fact that rescue response could be up to an hour away, which is too long to spend in the water and likely survive.