District 11 - St. Cloud area
Last updated: 2015-10-13
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) continues to work angling activity. The officer also advised many boaters of the new AIS found in Lake Koronis. Vehicle maintenance was also completed.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, duck hunters, pheasant hunters, bow hunters, and off highway vehicles. The pheasant opener was the slowest in nine years. The amount of hunters was down as well as birds. Fall angling success has picked up with several lakes producing fish. Enforcement action was taken for drive OHM on road without registration, no small game license, no angling license in possession, and over length northern on special regulation lake.
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) received a TIP call of some people camping who on the lake were using floating pop bottles with chemlights in them. It was found that the campers had devised fishing set lines (not legal) using pop bottles, fishing line and a treble hook with the light in the bottle so they could see the line go down. When CO Kuske asked the group where they had learned to make them the guys said they had dreamed it up while drinking beer around the campfire that night. A TIP call resulted in charges on a hunter for untagged and unregistered deer and deer baiting complaints are starting to get called in for the deer season.
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week checking anglers in the area with a few walleyes and crappies being found in the bag. CO Silgjord attended a MCOA meeting and training during the week. CO Silgjord worked the pheasant opener and both hunter numbers, as well as bird numbers, appeared to be down. Only one rooster was seen in the bag amongst the many groups that were checked. CO Silgjord also received a report that zebra mussels had been found on a watercraft on an area lake. The collected information and sample will be provided to DNR invasive species staff for possible confirmation.
CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers. CO Mies worked the pheasant opener. CO Mies checked waterfowl hunters along with calls.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) responded to several TIP calls the first being a nice buck that was believed to have been shot, upon closer inspection the cause of death was likely a vehicle collision. Next a TIP call involved some juveniles road hunting pheasants along a licensed shooting preserve, an enforcement coaching session was held with the two teens. Number three was a TIP call reporting that someone shot two rooster and two hen pheasants and threw them on a rock pile in a WMA parking area. CO Kuske monitored walleye bites on a couple of area lakes, performed some equipment maintenance, assisted a district officer with an illegal big game animal investigation and continued to work several deer shining complaints.
CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) checked angling, hunting, and OHV activities. Fewer waterfowl hunters were out for evenings than expected. Annual online training was completed. Background investigations continued.
St. Cloud - vacant.