District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2016-09-26

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time monitoring angling activity and following up on APM cases. The waterfowl hunting opener was worked and complaints regarding the use of motorized decoys and after-hours hunting were fielded and handled. Most hunters checked were found to be having at least some success. Violations for the week included no license in possession, ATV passenger under 18 without a helmet, overloaded ATV, hunting after hours, unplugged shotgun, and use of a motorized decoy during the restricted period.

CO Mike Krauel (St. Cloud) spent the week preparing for a busy waterfowl opener and checking anglers. Waterfowl hunters were finding moderate success in some areas. CO Krauel also did a law presentation at a firearm safety class with over 85 students. Thank you to all of the dedicated instructors who keep the programs running, especially with such a large group! CO Krauel assisted Waite Park PD and Stearns County deputies with the apprehension of a suspect who was trying to avoid being taken into custody by ramming into law enforcement vehicles and travelling across wet farm fields. Enforcement action for the week included taking smallmouth bass out of season, no angling license, unplugged shotgun, using toxic shot, and no federal stamp.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) reports a successful waterfowl opener. The number of hunters was average, but all who were checked had ducks in the bag. All were pleased with the number of ducks seen. They were not pleased, however, with the antsy shooters who shot before ducks got close enough! CO Friese taught the law portion for Swanville FAS. The officer participated in the 2016 Envirofest event, hosted by Todd County SWCD.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) attended an informational meeting regarding starry stonewort on Rice and Koronis lakes. The officer took complainants of fish over limits, beaver issues, and questions about waterfowl hunting regulations. The officer worked with neighboring officers over the opening of waterfowl.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) handled a car hit bear and spoke at the Upsala Firearm Safety class. On waterfowl opening day, CO Kuske had two hunters still shooting late at 5:09 pm and checked them when they came into the landing. The hunters had no idea when shooting hours ended even though they had been duck hunting for four years. Additional violations included one of the hunters having no plug in their gun nor any waterfowl licenses or stamps.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked boaters, anglers, and waterfowl hunters. Duck success in the Albany area was not the best with most groups checked only having a few ducks each. Very few geese were seen. Officer Thesing assisted the Stearns County Sheriff?s Office on a fleeing suspect, where the suspect had rammed a squad car. The suspect was apprehended as he tried to exit a corn field. Enforcement action for the week included transport loaded gun and duck license violations. Assistance was given to the Avon firearms safety class on their range day.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers this week and worked duck opener along with complaint calls. CO Mies gave talks on trapping and furs at Ney Park near Maple Lake. CO Mies also gave a law talk at the South Haven firearms class this week and finished up training COC for step two.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) found low numbers of hunters and ducks over the waterfowl opener. Deer shining complaints were received and surveillance of several areas continues. Inquiries from the public included property line disputes, dogs chasing deer, and general hunting regulation questions.