District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2014-10-14

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week checking waterfowl and pheasant hunters. A good number of ducks are still in the area but fewer hunters were seen out. The pheasant opener proved to be a quiet one with very few roosters being seen in the bag. While on patrol CO Silgjord ran into multiple situations were juveniles were being allowed to illegally operate ATVs and OHMs. Waterfowl hunters without PFDs continue to be an issue on area waters. Hunters were reminded a boat full of equipment, hunters, a dog and cool water temps can be a deadly combination.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked pheasant, duck, deer, and small game hunters. Pheasant hunter numbers were down as well as birds in the Albany area. Duck numbers in the area are good, with some new birds seen including canvasback, mallard, teal, and wood duck. Time was spent on trespass and wetland cases.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) continued focus on background investigations. Waterfowl hunters took advantage of longer shooting hours. Waterfowl hunters checked reported seeing more ducks last weekend. Pheasant hunters were scarce, but so were pheasants. Follow up was done on open cases.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers. CO Mies also worked on waters and wetland complaints. CO Mies checked hunters and ATVs and finished a case on aquatic vegetation.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) investigated calls of deer stands in Wildlife Management Areas and of a boat in the Mississippi River that was tied up to an island and full of water. Fortunately the boat?s owner was home and safe. Two separate TIP calls were handled of duck hunters out hunting during the Waterfowl closed/split season. One hunter was found with a limit of ducks and the second duck hunter who had no ducks tried to bribe CO Kuske with pumpkin bars to get out of getting a ticket for hunting during closed season. Neither hunter had read the Waterfowl regulations book to see that the season was closed Oct. 6th-Oct. 10th.

WREO Keith Bertram spent the week working AIS and wetland complaints. Hunters were also checked. Enforcement action was taken for license violations.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling, AIS, waterfowl, turkey and the pheasant opener. The officer saw what was predicted regarding pheasant numbers and fewer hunters in the area.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) investigated a WCA violation where a driveway was placed in a wetland. The property owners did not get a permit from SWCD and the contractor failed to file a liability form for the work. A group of hunters had good luck shooting six pheasants on opener morning, but their luck changed though when CO Kuske checked them, one hunter forgot to buy a small game license and another forgot a pheasant stamp. A duck hunter coming off an area lake after sunset was amazed there was no late shooting. The fact that there were virtually no ducks flying definitely contributed to the compliance of the law. Fall fishermen are finding walleye bites on several lakes and many people are starting to take out docks and boats as the season end draws near.CO Kuske conducted AIS checks at several boat landings in Morrison and Crow Wing counties. An individual was seen field dressing a deer along a back road early one morning. Follow-up investigation found it to be a car-killed deer and a permit was issued. CO Kuske continues to work several deer shining complaint areas.

St. Cloud - vacant.