Weekly Conservation Officer's report

Enforcement Education

Last updated: 2017-10-16

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) gave several college students a Firearms Safety Instructor Clinic this week. The students will be assistant instructors at an upcoming youth field day event. A youth firearms class was given as well, with the law and ethics portion of the class being given. Calls from the public were received with general questions regarding the upcoming firearms deer season.

NE RTO Mike Lee attended training at Camp Ripley with other members of the newly formed Honor Guard. Officers went over polices, training, and uniforms for this unit. Officer Lee answered numerous phone calls on firearm safety for youth along with adult requirements. Officer Lee attended a meeting on planning for the Governor?s Deer Opener that will be held in Grand Rapids.

South Metro RTO Phil George (acting) completed the first ever FAS Class for the Karen Community with instructor KuTha Tee and assisted the Amish Community with FAS Field Day. Officer George checked shore anglers and small game hunters and answered several questions regarding the deer season and CWD issues.

North Metro RTO Brett Oberg (acting) worked the opening of the Minnesota pheasant season this week. CO Oberg also worked waterfowl hunters and walleye anglers. Waterfowl hunters had good success, especially those who hunted flooded agricultural fields. Enforcement action was taken for recreation trespass, unplugged shotgun, and for allowing illegal youth hunting. A case was also handled where a swan was shot.

Southern RTO Jen Mueller (acting) worked the busy pheasant opener. Some hunters found success, but the wet conditions and abundance of crop made it difficult for most to find roosters. She also took a call of duck hunters hunting within the state game refuge around Hutchinson. She was able to locate them and address the issue with the help of some local fishermen. She also checked anglers finding some good fall fishing in the area.

Rec Vehicle Coordinator Bruce Lawrence, along with Camp Ripley staff, hosted a meeting and training session at Camp Ripley for grant managers involved with the Trail Ambassador Program. RTO Lawrence attended a meeting in St. Paul with the off-highway motorcycle group (ARMCA) along with DNR staff from Parks and Trails. Topics included trail conditions, concerns, and new trail development and mapping opportunities. RTO Lawrence worked on firearms safety lesson plans for future instructor development and implementation.

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