District 14 - East Metro area
Last updated: 2016-10-17
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked waterfowl, pheasant and bow hunters. He spent time checking on a possible big game violation and fishing violations. CO Pril also assisted the Parks and Trails staff with the investigation of a couple of homeless shelters on Gateway Trail in St. Paul. Nobody was found at these shelters, just garbage.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) continued field training duties with COC. Officers spent time checking waterfowl, small game, and archery deer hunters. They also attended an AIS meeting and assisted another law enforcement agency on a big game violation. Violations for the week included possession of toxic shot, no license in possession, unsigned federal stamps, leaving deer stands in WMA overnight, and speeding.
CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) patrolled Anoka County for waterfowl and small game hunting activity. Several hunters were checked with few violations observed.
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent a busy pheasant and second duck opener around the area. Fair success was observed by the duck hunters with a great variety of birds in the bag. Pheasant hunters on the other hand reported very little success. Enforcement action for the week included hunting inside a Scientific and Natural Area, no small game license, no federal waterfowl stamp in possession after 45 days, and unplugged shotgun.
White Bear Lake vacant.
Metro Officer - vacant.
Maplewood - vacant.
District 15 Marshall area
CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) worked archery, pheasant, and waterfowl hunters throughout the week. Hunter success varied throughout opening weekend of pheasant season, overall hunters reported limited success. There is still a lot of corn in the field which did not help hunters. Waterfowl hunters are reporting that they have started seeing more ducks and geese in the area with a fair number of divers mixed in. Enforcement action included violations of transporting loaded firearms in motor vehicles and no pheasant stamps.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports prairie grass lands and sloughs were full of hunters for the pheasant opener and the reopening of the south zone duck season. Most public lands had multiple vehicles parked at each area. Pheasant hunters struggled to find birds with a lot of the crops still in. About 70% of beans and 20% of corn have been harvested. WIA use was up from last year with good compliance on validation. Duck hunters who did some scouting had fair success. Fishermen that are putting in the time are still catching some walleye.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored angling, archery deer hunting, pheasant hunting, and waterfowl hunting during the week. Pheasant hunters had moderate success during the opening weekend. Officer Miska received a Turn-in-Poachers complaint of a fawn deer that was victim to a gunshot wound. The deer was located near the Big Stone Wildlife Management area north of Ortonville. If anyone has any information regarding this event, please call the Turn-in-Poachers hotline @ 1-800-652-9093, you can remain anonymous. Officer Miska also assisted with the Governor?s Pheasant Opener.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking anglers and conducting investigations. Pheasant season opened with a good number of hunters afield. Success was rather limited with most groups bagging less than one rooster per hunter. Duck hunters struggled to bag ducks. Most soybeans have been harvested and corn harvest has begun. Enforcement action was taken for no firearm safety and license/stamp violations.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) spent the week working archery, waterfowl and pheasant hunters in the area. A good fishing bite was seen by many on Lac qui Parle Lake. Officer Gutzwiller reports the majority of pheasant hunters found some success on opening weekend. Time was spent assisting with the Governor?s Pheasant Opener in Montevideo.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) attended wildfire investigation training at Camp Ripley and assisted with activities with the MN Governor?s Hunt. CO Picht checked duck hunters, pheasant hunters, fishermen and OHV?s at the Appleton ATV Park.
Lake Benton vacant.
Benson - vacant.
Worthington - vacant.