CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) issued car kill deer permits, picked up a fisher and a pine marten from trappers that had been caught after close of season, and a snowy owl that had been hit by a car. The owl is going to be taxidermied and donated to an area school. Many calls of illegally dumped deer carcasses are coming in where CO Kuske has to explain to landowners that she is unsure why hunters think they can dump their deer on other people?s land and in the road ditches.
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time assisting with Use of Force training for division members. Calls regarding road kill deer were also taken.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked anglers, deer and pheasant hunters, and trappers. Investigations continue on deer season violations dealing with illegal party hunting. Illegal deer stands left in public hunting grounds were addressed. Ice conditions in the area started to firm up with a few inches of ice on most lakes. People are still reminded to use caution on early ice. CO Thesing spoke on a local radio show and spoke at the DNR snowmobile safety classes in Holdingford and Richmond. Enforcement action for the week included leave stands/equipment on SNA overnight and lend borrow of deer license.
CO Frank Rezac (St. Cloud) reports checking pheasant hunters and muzzleloader deer hunters. Cases involving trespass, hunting deer over bait, and portable tree stand overnight in WMA were investigated. Poor ice conditions were observed with open water on some area lakes. Few fishermen were observed out on the ice.
CO Keith Bertram (Long Prairie) spent the week checking hunters and the first ice fishermen of the year. Ice conditions are extremely variable. Some lakes have seven inches of ice and some are still mostly open. A taxidermist inspection was completed and a new wetland violation was addressed.