District 12 - Princeton area

Last updated: 2016-09-26

CO Phil Mohs (Center City) worked hunting and fishing activity throughout the week. Many duck hunters got out very early for opener and had plenty of ducks to shoot at. Patient hunters seemed to have the most success. ?Sky busting? was found to be a common, but very ineffective method for many waterfowl hunters. Several groups were cited for entering the Carlos Avery WMA during closed hours to claim their ?spot? ahead of the crowd. As a reminder, the Carlos Avery WMA is closed from 10 pm to 4 am. Several TIP calls were received and resulted in enforcement action being taken. Enforcement action was taken on fish over-limit, taking a swan, entering WMA during closed hours, numerous waterfowl hunting violations, and AIS violations.

CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked hunters during the week. Duck hunters in the area reported a disappointing opener with very few birds. Flood waters during the summer removed most vegetation and currant high water levels moved birds into area that typically don?t hold waterfowl. Enforcement action was taken on ATV violations, controlled substance, unplugged shotgun along with no state or federal duck stamps.

CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) encountered a group of small game hunters and after asking to see their hunting licenses, one of the individuals stated he did not have it with him. After checking to see if the hunter had a license it was discovered that he had a warrant out for his arrest. To make matters worse he locked his keys in his vehicle; assistance was provided by the Isanti County Sheriff?s Office. A TIP complaint of a bear hunter trespassing resulted in the hunter also not registering his bait. Officer Londgren also worked anglers, small game and waterfowl hunters, trespassing complaints, spoke at a firearms safety class, and took many calls clarifying hunting laws.

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) reports waterfowl hunters in the Wright County area this opening weekend did very well especially on opening day with the help of ideal weather and a good blue wing teal population in the area. Sunday the hunters were greeted with heavy rain in the area that dampened the hunting. Enforcement action was taken for waterfowl hunting with an unplugged shotgun, possession of toxic shot, licensing violations, and no PFD on board watercraft.

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked anglers and hunters. Calls were received for a waters impact, burning prohibited materials, and animal complaints. CO Musatov also spoke at a youth ATV safety class.

Princeton - vacant.