CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) responded to a call of someone burning garbage in a gravel pit as there was a large amount of black smoke from the pile. To CO Kuske?s surprise, it was a large amount of bananas on top of the pile but the black smoke was coming from the rubber matting burning underneath all the bananas. Deer season brought out a variety of violations to include road hunting, hunting over bait, deer over-limits, unregistered deer, untagged deer, and hunting without a license. At one deer camp, CO Kuske witnessed hunters in blaze orange with rifles carrying pumpkins out to the woods with them. When they returned later it was found they were going to try and tag their illegal extra deer with bonus tags in a one deer limit area. Another group was checked where CO Kuske counted twenty four deer legs laying in a pile. When CO Kuske asked the homeowner to see tags for the six deer, the homeowner produced one tag and admitted that the other five deer never got tagged.
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time working the firearms deer season in the Sauk Center and Long Prairie stations. Hunters were seeing some deer but cold temperatures and vast acres of standing crops were limiting the success of other hunters. A work crew was put on in the Todd County area and officers involved ran into a multitude of violations including transporting loaded firearms, fail to register deer, lend and borrow deer licenses, untagged deer, fail to validate deer license, no license in possession, and several ATV violations.
CO Chad Thesing (Albany) primarily worked deer season activity over the week. Time was also spent working anglers, duck hunters, trappers, and ATV activity. Several deer cases were made with assistance from neighboring officers. One individual was questioned about his hunting activity and it was found that he had registered a doe with a bonus tag using a firearm, but the individual did not have a firearm deer license, only a bow license. The individual stated that he thought that he could use a bonus tag for any weapon. The suspect did not mention that the doe he registered on the bonus tag was actually a nice buck, and he had already shot a buck with his bow in September. Enforcement action was taken along with his new shotgun and scope. Other violations encountered included shoot deer from a motor vehicle, shoot from a roadway, lend and borrow of deer tag, transport loaded gun, hunt without a license, untagged deer, no blaze orange, and possession of marijuana.
CO Frank Rezac (St. Cloud) reports following up on trespass complaints, cases of elevated stands left overnight in WMA?s, and a case of hunter harassment. Thursday he did a radio interview with Joe Carlson 1360 AM. Topics discussed were deer hunting regulations and hunter safety. Enforcement action was taken for hunter harassment, untagged/non-validated deer tag, and elevated stands left overnight in WMA?s.
Long Prairie vacant.