Weekly Conservation Officer's report

Enforcement Education

Last updated: 2018-02-12

Please check the DNR WEBSITE 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 online for the online course information, also located at www.mndnr.gov.

Please check the DNR WEBSITE 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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:
NE RTO Mike Lee this past week held a Firearms Safety Instructor Training Class at General Andrews. The class was very well attended from individuals in the area. Officer Lee attended meetings this past week at Camp Ripley for planning the upcoming Academy, and RTO planning for the upcoming spring. Officer Lee also assisted with the MnUSA event that was held this past weekend at Izatys Resort. Officer Lee assisted with safety briefs to riders before the VIP ride and traffic control along the route. Officer Lee attended the main banquet Saturday night and spoke about the Enforcement Division, Education Section and announced the 2017 Snowmobile Safety Instructor of the Year. Thanks to all who helped with such a great and well attended event.

North Metro RTO Brett Oberg (Acting) focused on snowmobile enforcement this week. Riders in Southern Minnesota were out enjoying what snow they could. Enforcement action was taken for registration violations, youth operation, and trespass issues. CO Oberg also assisted a motorists whose car broke down on Highway 169.

Southern RTO Jen Mueller (Acting) checked anglers during the week. She worked on setting up instructor clinics for the spring along with possible locations for youth field days. She returned emails and phone calls from volunteer instructors.

South Metro RTO Phil George (Acting) assisted with a taxidermy inspection during the week, set up instructor clinics and worked on field day options for the spring and summer. He checked anglers and took enforcement action for no angling licenses and issued wildlife possession permits.

Rec Vehicle Coordinator Bruce Lawrence attended the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association (MnUSA) Winter Rendezvous events at Izatys Resort. MnUSA sponsored a trail ride for local and state government staff along with DNR staff to showcase the area trails around Lake Mille Lacs and Kathio State Park. RTO Lawrence presented the award for the 2017 Snowmobile Safety Instructor of the Year at Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area. At the presentation of the award were immediate family and members of the instructor group that assists with putting on a great Snowmobile Safety Class for youth in the surrounding communities in northern Anoka County. RTO Lawrence assisted with the review of the OHV Regulations booklet before going to the printers.

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