District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2014-10-21

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) handled several trespass calls relating to duck hunting and people placing deer stands on property lines. CO Kuske assisted with the Camp Ripley archery hunt. enforcement action was taken when an individual brought an untagged deer and un-validated site tag to the check station. His hunting partner said tagging the deer isn?t that important, but they changed their mind when informed that with those two violations comes a three year revocation of big game hunting privileges. CO Kuske accompanied SWCD officials to an onsite visit of a wetland violation. The meeting involved three landowners that were very much in disagreement on how the situation should be resolved. The property is under a cease and desist order until a resolution can be agreed on. AIS checks were conducted at several lake access sites where compliance and understanding of the laws was very good. CO Kuske investigated a deer baiting complaint and continues to work deer shining issues.

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) spent time checking fall hunting activity. The Camp Ripley Archery hunt was worked with lower than normal hunters showing up this year. Time was spent on baiting and trespass cases.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers this past week. CO Mies also checked waterfowl hunters. CO Mies also spent time checking turkey and deer hunters, along with working tip calls.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) dealt with a group of four youth duck hunters who were having a rough day. They first got talked to by the city police department as they were hunting in a closed area within the city limits. While they were talking with the officer and CO Kuske their duck boat floated away. They were able to retrieve the boat and CO Kuske found that they had lost one of their dad?s life jackets that morning and one youth did not have the required federal duck stamp. Their sense of humor was still intact through it all though. Hunt A of the Camp Ripley Archery Hunts ended with a total of 75 deer taken. The two largest bucks taken both weighed in at 207 pounds each.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked angling, waterfowl, turkey and pheasant hunting activity. Training was attended and vehicle maintenance performed. The officer took phone calls regarding beaver issues and questions concerning deer hunting.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) attended a District 11 meeting and completed division training. CO Friese participated in a TEP meeting with Todd County SWCD. Site visits were done on possible WCA violations. CO Friese assisted with the Camp Ripley Bow Hunt. Background investigations continued.

WREO Keith Bertram spent most of the week conducting wetland follow-up and serving wetland restoration orders. Fishermen and hunters were also checked.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) worked on complaints and checked duck and pheasant hunters during the past week. He also checked anglers and checked boats for invasive species.

St. Cloud - vacant.