District 12 - Princeton area

Last updated: 2016-10-17

CO Mike Krauel spent the week checking hunters, following up on TIP calls, and performing maintenance tasks on watercraft. Time was also spent working the pheasant opener. Upland bird hunters were finding a few pheasants, but most hunters were returning with mixed bags of pheasants, grouse, and woodcock. CO Krauel also checked an individual that was operating a motor vehicle with a loaded shotgun in the seat beside him along with an open beer can in the cup holder. When CO Krauel asked for a driver?s license, the individual said, ?Well, I guess I got caught?. The individual had his license cancelled years back, but has continued to drive. The individual was arrested for driving after cancellation along with other charges. Enforcement action was taken for no turkey license, unplugged shotgun, no PFDs, taking a protected non-game species, possession of marijuana, littering, loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, and operating a Class 2 ATV in a road ditch.

CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fisherman, small game hunters, archery hunters and waterfowl hunters. He issued summons and written warning for transporting untagged deer, deer hunting over baited area, no federal stamps, and unsigned stamps. Officer Sladek is also investigating a wanton and waste of a deer, hunting deer without a deer license, and took enforcement action on a number of ATV violations.

CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked anglers and hunters during the week. Duck hunters had some mixed results but some had a few birds in the bag. Anglers were also taking advantage of the nice weather and some crappie were found. Enforcement action was taken on possession of small amount of marijuana, operate ATV on highway, and wanton waste of migratory waterfowl.

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked hunters and fall anglers. CO Musatov investigated complaints of illegal bait and Wildlife Management Area rules violations. Animal calls were also handled.

CO Phil Mohs (Center City) worked hunting and fishing activity throughout the week. Duck hunters reported limited success this week. Pheasant hunters reported harvesting a fair amount of pheasants for eastern Minnesota. Enforcement action was taken on transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, shooting wild game from a motor vehicle, operating an unregistered ATV, and hunting without a license.

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) assisted Wright County Sheriff?s department with a capsized duck boat on Pelican Lake this week. Both hunters in the boat were lucky that another hunter heard their call for help as the high winds created large waves that over turned their boat and tossed them into the frigid water. The weekend was very busy with the pheasant opener and nice fall weather. Enforcement action was taken for unplugged shotgun, no PFD on board watercraft, hunt deer over a baited area, and leaving deer stands out in WMAs.

CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) checked small game, turkey, waterfowl and archery hunters over the past week. Officer Londgren also spoke to middle school students about a career as a conservation officer. Calls were taken on trespassing, hunting over bait, nuisance animals, and law clarification.

Princeton - vacant.