Weekly Conservation Officer's report

Enforcement Education

Last updated: 2017-11-20

Please check the DNR WEB SITE at www.mndnr.gov for a current class listing of all DNR Enforcement Education Courses and instructor training sessions.

If you missed a fall class and are over 18, check on-line for the online course information, also located at www.mndnr.gov.

Please check the DNR WEB SITE www.mndnr.gov for a current class listing of all DNR Enforcement Youth and Adult Snowmobile Safety Courses and instructor training sessions.

Please direct questions to 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR.

Reminder---anyone born after December 31, 1979 cannot purchase a license to hunt in Minnesota without first taking a DNR Safety Training Course and receiving a certificate. In addition many states have even more stringent mandatory Hunter Education requirements. Check before you go!!!

Reminder---Any resident born after December 31, 1976, who operates a snowmobile in Minnesota, must possess a snowmobile certificate. Two options are available to complete certification. Ages 11 and older can take the online course and hands-on day or attend the traditional youth course. Those 16 or older can take the online course.

Reminder---Anyone born after July 1, 1987, who operates an ATV on public lands and waters in Minnesota, must successfully complete the ATV Safety Training online course. Persons under age 16 must complete the ATV online course and riding component before riding on public lands. Please direct questions to 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR.

SCHEDULED INSTRUCTOR TRAINING SESSIONS

If you are 18 or older and would like to become an instructor for Snowmobile Safety, ATV Safety, Firearms Safety, Trail Ambassador or one of the Advanced Hunter programs, contact your local Conservation Officer or Regional Safety Training officer. Instructor clinics are scheduled throughout the state and are listed on the DNR Website.

See Also: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/instructors/training.html
STAFF NOTES:

NW RTO Greg Oldakowski (acting) reports finishing up deer season cases and calls after the season. Several instructors and instructor groups were contacted regarding upcoming safety instructor clinics. Meetings were attended as well regarding updating training software and systems.

NE RTO Mike Lee assisted fellow officers with the last week of the firearms deer season. CO Lee received a report of hunting over bait. The information was confirmed and further investigation is continuing. He took various calls from trespassing to violations for fail to validate tags. CO Lee also completed backgrounds on new firearm safety instructors.

South Metro RTO Phil George (acting) worked ?B? season deer hunting issues and detail in District 18. He also attended a meeting at Camp Ripley and registered an instructor course.

North Metro RTO Brett Oberg (acting) followed up on a few cases from the deer season this week. CO Oberg attended a meeting on the Hunter Education and Firearm Safety Program. He also trained in eleven new Hunter Education and Firearms Safety Instructors at Minnesota Firearms facility this week. Pheasant hunters were also checked in the area with minimal success on bagging birds.

Southern RTO Jen Mueller (acting) worked a shoot from the road poached deer case all week. She also spoke at a youth FAS class at Cedar Mills and attended two meetings at Camp Ripley.

Rec Vehicle Coordinator Bruce Lawrence attended a meeting at Camp Ripley to review a new software program to aid in data collection for safety training. RTO Lawrence also assisted with firearms deer season in parts of the metro area. RTO Lawrence worked alongside CO Arntzen with a TIP call of taking a deer out of season and enforcement action was taken and firearms seized. RTO Lawrence worked on Trail Ambassador Program updates and communication newsletter for the end of season wrap-up. RTO Lawrence continues to work with the staff from the National Park Service on hunting related violations that took place on federal lands.

RTO E-MAIL:
NE RTO Mike Lee mike.lee@state.mn.us
NW RTO Greg Oldakowski gregory.oldakowski@state.mn.us
North Metro RTO Brett Oberg brett.oberg@state.mn.us
Southern RTO Jennifer Mueller jennifer.mueller@state.mn.us
South Metro RTO Phil George philip.george@state.mn.us
Rec Vehicle Coordinator Bruce Lawrence bruce.lawrence@state.mn.us

Curriculum Specialist: Vacant

Education Specialist: Vacant

Curriculum Coordinator: Vacan