Weekly Conservation Officer's report

Enforcement Education

Last updated: 2017-05-22

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 background investigations on instructor clinics and preparing for upcoming clinics were priorities this week. Two schools of 4th graders were instructed in boating and fishing safety, with fishing days attended for both schools for Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs Programs. CO Oldakowski also attended ceremonies for fallen officers at the Law Enforcement Memorial.

NE RTO Mike Lee completed backgrounds on new safety instructors. Officer Lee assisted local law enforcement agencies with calls relating to disturbances, suicidal parties, and vehicle crashes. Officer Lee also completed a Firearm Safety Instructor Training Class in Grand Marais and attended their youth range day.

West Central RTO Frank Rezac reports planning for upcoming volunteer instructor certification training and completing instructor background checks. He also investigated an instructor complaint and assisted area instructors with equipment needs and general training related questions. He attended an RTO meeting at Camp Ripley and presented an appreciation award to the Monticello Rod and Gun Club for 60-years facilitating MN DNR Hunter Education Firearm Safety Classes.

Southern RTO Jen Mueller (acting) attended a meeting at Camp Ripley. She continued to work on backgrounds and also worked on an upcoming FAS Class in the Dassel/Cokato Area.

Rec Vehicle Coordinator Bruce Lawrence attended a meeting at Camp Ripley with other RTOs for discussion on firearms safety training needs and updates. RTO Lawrence checked several anglers in Chisago and Anoka Counties and found license compliance extremely well adhered to. RTO Lawrence also worked on reviewing the Off Highway Motorcycle Training Course for future updates and answered emails and calls relating to ATV registration concerns and equipment requirements.

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
West Central RTO Frank Rezac 320-552-3948 frank.rezac@state.mn.us
Southern RTO Jennifer Mueller 320-234-3499 jennifer.mueller@state.mn.us
SW Metro RTO
Rec Vehicle Coordinator Bruce Lawrence 763-267-8534 bruce.lawrence@state.mn.us

Curriculum Specialist: Vacant

Education Specialist: Vacant

Curriculum Coordinator: Vacan