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March 20, 2018
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) received complaints about ATVs operating on state forest snowmobile trails and rutting them up. ATVs are allowed on groomed trails within the state forest only. Grant-in-aid snowmobile trails are off-limits. CO Chelsey Best (Remer) Trail conditions have deteriorated over the last week with the warm weather. It’s worth mentioning that most local trails remain closed to ATVs through at least April 1, and some later depending on spring conditions.
MnDNR Conservation Officer Weekly Report - March 20, 2018
March 20, 2018 - 1:00pm
March 4, 2018
Bill Marchel
Outdoor Notes for March 4
March 4, 2018 - 6:30am
February 27, 2018
Checking a group of snowmobile riders, one of them blew past the group, which was stopped in front of CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls). The rider left the groomed trail, jumped the snowbank, did a loop into the farm field, jumped the snowbank again, and did another loop into another field before coming back to where the rest of his group was stopped. The snowmobiler learned his joy ride of leaving the groomed trail and trespassing was an expensive trip. Illustration
MnDNR Conservation Officer Weekly Report - Feb. 27, 2018
February 27, 2018 - 4:00pm
February 13, 2018
NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) worked on deer surveys in Deer Permit Area 241. We use two helicopters in this area, which is very large and includes more than 250 plots to check. Conditions were very good and low temperatures helped with visibility by keeping snow in the fields. It’s been at least three winters since there was adequate snow to survey this permit area. Many deer were observed, including some still carrying antlers.
MnDNR Conservation Officer Weekly Report - Feb. 13, 2018
February 13, 2018 - 10:00am
February 7, 2018
An outside review looked at the DNR's data gathering methods, like gill netting, electrofishing and creel studies where anglers are asked about their catch. Paul Middlestaedt for MPR News 2017
Review of Mille Lacs walleye count doesn't satisfy critics
February 7, 2018 - 9:00am
February 6, 2018
MnDNR Conservation Officer Weekly Report - Feb. 6, 2018
February 6, 2018 - 3:00pm
January 29, 2018
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) - Drugs in fish houses continues to be a common occurrence while checking fishermen. CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) - Some anglers were contacted using extra lines, unattended lines, littering, and illegally consuming marijuana while also in violation of their limited driver’s license. CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) - Enforcement contacts were made for illegal use of ski trails, fishing without licenses and trout stamps, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
MnDNR Conservation Officer Weekly Report - Jan. 29, 2018
January 29, 2018 - 1:00pm
January 3, 2018
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd West) reports that he worked on fishing enforcement. The ice anglers were out trying their luck. Ice conditions vary from open water areas to 14 inches of ice. Violations CO Posner observed were unattended lines and extra hooks. The ice conditions have improved, however slush and large pressure ridges have developed on Gull Lake and other area lakes. DNR file photo.
Regional C.O. Reports - Week of Jan. 2
January 3, 2018 - 9:00am
December 19, 2017
“Wheeled fish houses, which formerly were considered portable – and thus excluded from licensing requirements for shelters – will now need to be licensed,” said Al Stevens, fisheries survey and systems consultant with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “In the past, anglers using wheelhouses could use them without shelter licenses as long as they were occupied, including overnight.”
Wheeled fish houses now require license purchase for use when ice fishing
December 19, 2017 - 5:00am
September 29, 2017
Minnesota DNR employees Kris Nissen (right) and Greg Berg haul in a net used for catching a fish sample on Mille Lacs Lake. Photo by Paul Middlestaedt for MPR News
Under locals' scrutiny, DNR nets for Mille Lacs walleye health
September 29, 2017 - 7:00am
July 16, 2017
Conservation officer reports for July 16
July 16, 2017 - 10:00am
March 21, 2017
The tendency for caught fish to die after being released is called hooking mortality, which increases as water temperatures warm. During the last two weeks of July 2016 alone, hooking mortality accounted for more than half of the state’s walleye harvest allocation for the entire open water season. Illustration
Catch-and-release walleye season for Mille Lacs Lake again this year
March 21, 2017 - 10:26am
March 9, 2017
Cass Co. Sheriff Tom Burch opened his annual report to the county board Tuesday by stating his department spent less than budgeted in 2016. The dispatch center took 22,038 initial calls for service in 2016, the most in the last 16 years and up from 21,390 in 2015.
Cass County Board: 2016 record year for calls for service for Sheriff's Dept.
March 9, 2017 - 12:13am
February 25, 2017
Outdoor Notes
February 25, 2017 - 7:06pm
February 5, 2017
Cold temperatures create ideal tree pruning conditions
February 5, 2017 - 5:15pm