Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2017-10-16

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) made contact with a hunter dog training on a WMA. The hunter was warned that the rules are that dogs must be kept under control of the hunter and it is illegal to allow them to run on private neighboring property. A duck hunter was educated about the baiting laws for waterfowl hunting on the pond in their back field. All feed must be gone ten days prior to hunting the area to be legal. CO Kuske is finding a number of ATV operators ages 18 to 28 that have not taken ATV safety training. Then when they do take the training they fail to complete the certification process where they have to pay and print their certificate.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time checking waterfowl and pheasant hunters. A district meeting was attended and a background investigation was completed. A few new ducks have moved into the area but few hunters were seen. The pheasant opener was worked but few hunters and even fewer birds were seen.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked pheasant opener in Stearns County. Action was slow as far as birds in the bag. Time was spent working deer hunters, anglers, and duck hunters. Hunter harassment complaints were taken as well as trespass issues. Deer shining activity was monitored in complaint areas.

CO Frank Rezac (St. Cloud) reports investigating trespass complaints and a case involving taking protected species. Pheasant and waterfowl hunters were also checked in the Annandale and St. Cloud stations. Numerous calls regarding regulation questions were also taken.

Long Prairie vacant.

Pierz vacant.

Paynesville vacant.

Annandale vacant.