District 11 - St. Cloud area

Last updated: 2015-10-06

CO Chad Thesing (Albany) worked duck hunters, bow hunters, and anglers. Duck hunting success dropped off a bit from last weekend. One group checked had shot at a loon and shot a cormorant. Enforcement action was taken. Other enforcement action taken included no PFD, transport loaded shotgun and leave decoys in water over night. Thesing spoke at the St. John?s bow hunt dinner. Time was spent assisting with the CO academy.

CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers. CO Mies worked on a tip call. CO Mies checked waterfowl hunters.

CO Rhonda Friese (Long Prairie) began work on a background investigation. A WCA Restoration Order was served. Angling, hunting, and recreational vehicle activities were checked.

CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked waterfowl, fishing and AIS this week. The officer also followed up on a deer baiting case with enforcement action taken. Numerous questions were taken regarding the public access on Lake Koronis.

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week following up on a wetland case. CO Silgjord also patrolled the station for big game activity. An illegal fire within city limits was located with enforcement action being taken.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) coordinated to have the candidates from the CO Academy at Camp Ripley visit the Pierz Elementary School. Candidates not only got to practice their public speaking skills but provided positive interaction with students and teachers. A report was received about an elk that escaped from a game farm, contact with the owner has been unsuccessful and further investigation is taking place. Several deer shining complaints were reported and surveillance will be conducted of the areas.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) investigated a call of a person with a fox in a dog kennel in the city limits. The fox was found to be a game farm artic fox legally acquired. An ongoing dogs chasing deer complaint was handled where the dog owners have repeatedly been talked to about tying up their dogs when they are gone to work. The dogs have shown up on multiple neighbors? game cameras and when CO Kuske asked the dog owner if they deer hunted they said no they did not. An ATV trespass complaint was handled where the trespassers had their picture on the landowner?s game camera. Waterfowl opener was successful in the area with every hunting group checked having birds but also almost every group had a violation. The violations encountered included no state stamp, no small game license, no federal stamp in possession, no HIP certification, lead shot, no PFDs, unattended decoys, early shooting and loaded firearms in underway watercraft.

St. Cloud - vacant.