District 14 - East Metro area
Last updated: 2016-09-19
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent the weekend working small game and bow hunting openers. It was a very slow opener compared to usual with very few people observed in the field and even less success observed. He assisted with a capable partners deer hunt, as well as responded to a boat that ran aground on the Mississippi River. Enforcement action for the week included no license in possession, no blaze orange, and ATV violations.
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) checked bow and small game hunters over the opener weekend. Several anglers were also checked around the metro lakes and rivers. CO Pril responded to injured animal calls and answered hunting questions during the week.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) reports checking goose hunters, anglers and watercraft users. CO Arntzen also patrolled the St Croix River and monitored activity in the wildlife management areas. Violations for the week included fishing with an extra line and no license in possession.
CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) continued working with a COC. The officers patrolled local fishing areas, common violations were no license in possession, no angling license, and fishing with an extra line. The officers also checked many small game and archery hunters on the opening day, most reported little to no success. Assistance was provided to sheriff?s deputies for a possible unresponsive female in a motor vehicle. The officers arrived on scene and were able to awaken the two subjects in the vehicle. Upon identification, it was discovered that the male subject had two felony warrants. He was arrested and a search of the vehicle revealed marijuana in possession of the driver. Assistance was also provided to the Anoka County Sheriff?s Officer among other agencies with a lost hunter in Carlos Avery WMA. An Anoka County drone was used to locate the individual. CO Salzer and CO Friday were able to trek through the bog and make contact with the hunter using the drone as a landmark. The officers made the determination that it was best to have the MSP helicopter airlift the hunter out. The hunter was flown to the landing zone where he was checked by EMS. CO Friday was then flown out with the hunter?s dog. CO Salzer was flown out afterwards with the hunter?s firearm. Hunter and dog were happily reunited. It was a great collaboration effort by all agencies involved.
White Bear Lake vacant.
Metro Officer - vacant.
Maplewood - vacant.
District 15 Marshall area
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports both fishing and hunting activity is picking up. Several TIP complaints were worked from shooting at pheasants out of season, angling with extra lines, and hunting deer over bait. Walleye and crappie fishermen continue to find fish. Time was spent patrolling the Appleton ATV Park with multiple registration violations found.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored angling, archery deer hunting, goose hunting, off-highway vehicle and small game activity during the week. Local anglers are having good success. Nuisance beaver permits were issued. Angling and ATV violations were encountered.
CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) spent time checking anglers, small game hunters, and bow hunters. Bow hunters report killing many mosquitoes but weren?t seeing much deer movement with the warm temps. Enforcement action throughout the week included small game hunters not wearing blaze orange, and drug paraphernalia.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) conducted a weekly field report interview with KLOH Radio. The archery deer/small game opener was busy with a lot of hunters out. Most bow hunters checked stated they were patiently waiting for that big buck. Walleye/Perch success continues to increase as the water temperatures start to drop. The law and ethics portion of a firearm safety class was taught in Tyler.
Lake Benton vacant.
Benson - vacant.
Worthington - vacant.