District 12 - Princeton area

Last updated: 2015-10-13

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked waterfowl and deer hunters. He took enforcement action on a number of violations. He checked fishermen on area lakes and rivers. He assisted with searching for a missing person in Otsego. He answered a number of trespassing and shooting questions.

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked hunters and anglers. TIP calls were investigated for hunting deer over bait and hunting deer in a closed WMA. ATV complaint areas were worked. An animal complaint was received involving the possible poisoning of squirrels.

CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) worked small game hunters and duck hunters during the week. Fishing has picked up some on a few area lakes. Aquatic plant violations were investigated along with possible shoreline violations. Small game hunters have been seeing a fair amount of woodcock while hunting grouse and foliage is starting to drop after recent frosts which have made for better hunting in the woods. Many have commented that deer ticks are also out.

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) and a COC spent the week enforcing laws for fishing, litter and waterfowl, pheasant and small game hunting. Citations and warnings were issued for loaded firearms in a motor vehicle, no federal duck stamps, hunting during the closed season, no PFDs, litter, fishing during the closed season (specific species), fishing with extra lines, no fishing license and no license in possession. The COs also witnessed two females engaging in illegal drug activity a few feet in front of the CO?s squad while the COs were waiting for a different subject to interview on a littering case. The females were cited and released. A separate incident led the COs to finding a minor in possession of alcohol and drug paraphernalia, asleep in his vehicle in a WMA parking area. The minor was cited and released to a parent. Lastly, the COs assisted Benton County with a party attempting to hunt on public land. The hunter had been cornered in the box of his pickup by a ?feral? pig and was unable to leave. Eventually another individual was able to remove the pig and the hunter was able to get in his vehicle and drive away unharmed.

Princeton - vacant.