District 14 - East Metro area
Last updated: 2016-11-28
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent time checking small game, waterfowl and deer hunters. He assisted in investigating several cases involving big game violations. CO Arntzen also handled nuisance animal calls, trespassing issues, and littering complaints.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked waterfowl, small game and big game hunters. Anglers were checked on the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers and on area lakes. CO Pril also checked on nuisance animal complaints, answered hunting questions, and performed boat maintenance.
CO Jake Willis (Maplewood) checked waterfowl hunters and anglers as well as answered numerous nuisance wildlife calls. Assistance was given in conducting interviews in the metro area for an outstate CO and time was spent giving extra patrol at Afton State Park for Free Park Friday after the Thanksgiving holiday. It was good to see people outdoors enjoying the mild weather. CO Willis also responded to assist at a shooting that occurred in a city within his station. Enforcement action was taken for fail to register deer in the time required, bringing in a whole deer from out of state, and no Type IV PFD.
CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) patrolled Anoka County for waterfowl activity. Very little success was observed for ducks hunters. Officer Salzer also fielded several TIP calls with several cases made. Cases included trespass, take deer out of season, and hunting waterfowl after legal shooting hours.
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) monitored waterfowl and pheasant hunters throughout the area. Waterfowl success was very poor minus goose hunters in the area. He also responded to TIP calls and general calls from the public. Enforcement action for the week included waterfowl related violations.
White Bear Lake vacant.
Metro Officer - vacant.
Maplewood - vacant.
District 15 Marshall area
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) worked with the aviation division on details around the area. Several complaints were investigated around the LQP Refuge, including hunting pheasants in the controlled hunt zone. Numerous muzzleloader hunters were afield for the opening of that season.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored archery deer hunting, muzzleloader deer hunting, pheasant hunting, and waterfowl hunting during the week. A 12 point buck was shot out of season and left to die in a field. The incident occurred 2 ½ miles southeast of the City of Clinton. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to call the TIP Hotline @ 1-800-652-9093. Pheasant hunters are reminded to review the blaze orange requirement, as the muzzleloader deer season is currently open.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working pheasant and deer hunters. Several investigations are being conducted. Enforcement action was taken for shoot from roadway. Pheasant hunters continue to have moderate success.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) conducted a weekly radio interview with KLHO Radio in Pipestone. The muzzleloader opener was busy with a lot of hunters out. Muzzleloader hunters are reminded that an antlerless permit that was not used during the slug season is good for the muzzleloader season, as long as the appropriate license in purchased. Pheasant hunting success has been steady with most hunters pleased with the number of birds they have seen. All hunters are reminded that another firearms deer season has begun so additional blaze orange is needed when venturing out.
CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Benson) reports checking pheasant hunters and working a busy holiday weekend. Pheasant hunters were out in large numbers and reported moderate success. Goose hunters reported beginning to see geese in greater numbers. The officer reports that muzzle loader activity was low but hunters did report seeing many deer. Enforcement action included fail to renew ATV registration and no license in possession.
CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) checked pheasant hunters and muzzleloader deer hunters throughout the week. Follow up investigations from deer season were completed with enforcement action being taken for lending and borrowing of hunting licenses. Multiple blaze orange violations were encountered during opening of muzzleloader season. Hunters are reminded to wear the appropriate amount of blaze orange while small game hunting or bow hunting.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) concentrated enforcement efforts on deer, pheasant and waterfowl hunters. Officer Gutzwiller continued to follow up on multiple big game investigations including several trespass violations. Enforcement action was taken for unlawful transport of game birds. Deer hunters found a fair amount of success with cooler weather temperatures over the muzzleloader opening weekend.
Lake Benton vacant.
Worthington - vacant.