Weekly Conservation Officer's report

Enforcement Education

Last updated: 2017-08-21

Please check the DNR WEB SITE at www.mndnr.gov for a current class listing of all DNR Enforcement Education Courses and instructor training sessions.

If you missed a fall class and are over 18, check on-line for the online course information, also located at www.mndnr.gov.

Please check the DNR WEB SITE www.mndnr.gov for a current class listing of all DNR Enforcement Youth and Adult Snowmobile Safety Courses and instructor training sessions.

Please direct questions to 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR.

Reminder---anyone born after December 31, 1979 cannot purchase a license to hunt in Minnesota without first taking a DNR Safety Training Course and receiving a certificate. In addition many states have even more stringent mandatory Hunter Education requirements. Check before you go!!!

Reminder---Any resident born after December 31, 1976, who operates a snowmobile in Minnesota, must possess a snowmobile certificate. Two options are available to complete certification. Ages 11 and older can take the online course and hands-on day or attend the traditional youth course. Those 16 or older can take the online course.

Reminder---Anyone born after July 1, 1987, who operates an ATV on public lands and waters in Minnesota, must successfully complete the ATV Safety Training online course. Persons under age 16 must complete the ATV online course and riding component before riding on public lands. Please direct questions to 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR.

SCHEDULED INSTRUCTOR TRAINING SESSIONS

If you are 18 or older and would like to become an instructor for Snowmobile Safety, ATV Safety, Firearms Safety, Trail Ambassador or one of the Advanced Hunter programs, contact your local Conservation Officer or Regional Safety Training officer. Instructor clinics are scheduled throughout the state and are listed on the DNR Website.

See Also: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/instructors/training.html
STAFF NOTES:
NW RTO Greg Oldakowski (acting) reports meeting with instructors for outdoor activity days and providing an ATV/Snowmobile Instructor Clinic. Background packets were continued on instructor candidates as well. Training was received on sovereign citizens while attending the Basil Irwin Conference.

NE RTO Mike Lee attended District meetings where he spoke to officers about updates on ATV training and answered questions about the Education Safety section. Officer Lee gave an ATV & Snowmobile Safety Instructor Training Class in Grand Rapids and also worked with officers at an ATV Enforcement detail, held at the Brainerd International Raceway.

North Metro RTO Brett Oberg (acting) worked angling and ATV enforcement in the area. Officer Oberg attended the award presentation for Volunteer Firearms Safety Instructor of the year at Game Fair. Time was also spent finding sites for future volunteer instructor clinics.

South Metro RTO Phil George (acting) taught the laws and ethics portion of a Firearm Safety Class and assisted with an all-day range and field day. Questions were answered regarding upcoming volunteer safety education classes.

RTO Bruce Lawrence hosted a snowmobile regulations meeting at St. Paul Central Office to review 2017 regulations booklet along with staff from Parks and Trails, DNR License Bureau, and Enforcement. RTO Lawrence assisted CO Arntzen with a complaint of illegal burning and camping in a wildlife management area. He checked on state park property along the St. Croix River and conducted a firearms safety session with assistance from St. Anthony trap team coach for high school students at Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area.

RTO PHONE NUMBERS/E-MAIL:
NE RTO Mike Lee 218-821-9747 mike.lee@state.mn.us
NW RTO Greg Oldakowski 218-631-5972 gregory.oldakowski@state.mn.us
North Metro RTO Brett Oberg 320-234-3741 brett.oberg@state.mn.us
Southern RTO Jennifer Mueller 320-234-3499 jennifer.mueller@state.mn.us
South Metro RTO Phil George 507-775-2006 philip.george@state.mn.us
Rec Vehicle Coordinator Bruce Lawrence 763-267-8534 bruce.lawrence@state.mn.us

Curriculum Specialist: Vacant

Education Specialist: Vacant

Curriculum Coordinator: Vacan