CO Reports: Ensure your property is posted - legally
Area MnDNR Conservation Officer Weekly Reports - September 14, 2022
District 4 - Walker area
CO Adam Seifermann (Staples) says now is a good time to ensure your land is posted legally. Check the safety of tree stands and read the current rules/regulations for the upcoming deer and small-game seasons.
Seifermann reports assisting with the ongoing CO Academy at Camp Ripley, attending training and conducting unit maintenance. He also received calls in regards to hunting questions, firearm questions, nuisance-animal concerns and complaints of people target practicing. As a general reminder, the Information Center should be utilized Monday through Friday for general questions and concerns: 651-296-6157 or 888-MINNDNR (646-6367).
CO Patrick McGowan (Walker) worked Cass and Crow Wing county lakes throughout the week. Numerous boaters were out enjoying the warm weather and a decent fish bite. Enforcement action was taken for numerous boating and angling violations.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked anglers and recreational vehicles. A public water alteration complaint and litter complaint were investigated. Enforcement action was taken for angling and ATV violations.
CO Jacque Hughes (Longville) checked hunting and fishing activity. She also investigated an ATV complaint.
CO Jordan Anderson (Wadena) spent the week cleaning up paperwork from the busy Labor Day weekend, assisting with training at the CO Academy and preparing for a busy fall season ahead.
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The trespass law applies to all outdoor recreation, which includes:
When taking part in outdoor recreation, you may not enter legally posted land or agricultural land without permission.
Landowners, lessees, or authorized managers need only post their land once a year. The signs must be placed at intervals of 1,000 feet (500 feet in wooded areas) or signs may be placed at primary corners of each parcel and at access points to the property.
Signs must state “No Trespassing,” or similar words, in 2-inch high letters and have either the signature or the name and telephone number of the landowner, lessee or manager.
There can be civil or criminal penalties for violation of the trespass laws with maximum fines up to $3,000 and license revocation. All conservation officers and peace officers enforce trespass laws.
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District 9 - Brainerd area
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) worked at the DNR Academy this week, assisting with force on force training. Recruits were evaluated on their response to an active shooter situation. Guida also fielded calls of illegal lakebed filing. The landowner was contacted, and Guida explained the laws regarding placing fill in the public lakebed. Fishing activity was monitored. A report of a slow youth waterfowl weekend was also received.
CO Andrew Dirks (CCSRA) spent time checking anglers, ATV riders and watercraft operators throughout the week. Time was also spent at Camp Ripley assisting with the final week of training for the new conservation officers before they go to the field for the final stages of their training.
CO Calie Cook (Crosslake) continued to check anglers and early goose hunters throughout the week. Cook also worked at the State Fair DNR booth and helped instruct at the Academy.
CO Chelsey Best (Pequot Lakes) worked ATVs, waterfowl- and bear-hunting activities this past week. A timber theft case is under investigation. Enforcement action was taken for various ATV violations.
District 2 - Bemidji area
CO Jake Swedberg (Detroit Lakes) spent the week checking bear hunters, ATV riders, and some early teal hunters. Bear season has been going well and most hunters are having bears hit their bait stations. The teal season went well for the most part for hunters, with most being able to find some blue-winged teal. There were some license and duck ID issues, and hunters are reminded that an early season is a privilege and we need to be very careful about what ducks are being shot at.
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending time this week at the CO Academy with game week instruction. Time was also spent working on bear-hunting-related complaints. Goose hunters were also checked.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) checked area anglers, goose hunters, and bear hunters. A deer farm inspection was completed.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked bear baiting, checked hunters and handled calls about ricing hours, work in public waters and personal watercraft-related complaints. Violations of unsigned and unregistered bear baits and unregistered ATVs were handled.
District 7 - Grand Rapids area
CO Taylor Hochstein (Hill City) reports that not that many people were observed fishing, but most of those who made it out found success in catching walleyes, trout, and catfish. Various calls were responded to and investigated.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked the early goose season, youth waterfowl and bear-hunting activities over the past week. Some hunters in the area had success with early geese. With area crop harvests finally taking place, geese were able to make their way to fields where hunters were waiting. Area fall crappie and walleye patterns are starting to set up and anglers are having good success.
CO Brian Holt (Grand Rapids) worked hunting and angling activity throughout the previous week. Time was also spent on miscellaneous wildlife-related complaints and monitoring boating activity. Holt followed up on open cases and monitored AIS compliance in the area.
District 10 - Mille Lacs area
CO Victoria Griffith (Isle) assisted on a firearms safety class in Pine County. ATV, litter, and wetland complaints were followed up on and enforcement action was taken for violations found. Nuisance- and injured-animal complaints were followed up on. Assistance was given on an ATV accident in Aitkin County. Griffith would like to remind ATV riders that helmets are required for minors on both class 1 and class 2 ATVs.
CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked angling activity, including anglers participating in tournaments. Hunters were monitored, including youth waterfowl season participants. Verkuilen also addressed a littering complaint and assisted with CO Academy training.
CO Nate Benkofske (McGregor) checked hunters, boaters, and ATV riders in the area. Enforcement action was taken for transporting loaded firearms, children on ATVs without helmets or seatbelts, and no small-game licenses. Assistance was also provided at a rollover crash.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked wild rice, duck, and bear-season activity. ATV contacts were made for youth operation violations and riding on the roadway violations. Starr met with participants of a bass fishing tournament and found the early goose season was very slow.
District 11 - St. Cloud area
CO Stephen Westby (Little Falls) continued to work area lakes and rivers for boating and angling activities. Westby checked multiple early teal hunters and early goose hunters. Most hunters reported seeing several ducks and geese in the area, with few violations observed. Remember if hunting from a boat of any kind you are still responsible for keeping life jackets on board for all people. Time was spent assisting at the CO Academy at Camp Ripley and conservation officer candidates will be graduating on Tuesday.
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) worked area waterfowl hunters and fishing activity. He assisted at the Academy this past week. VanderWeyst also attended training for a new computer.
CO Keith Bertram (Long Prairie) spent the week checking hunters and anglers. Bertram spoke with youth duck hunters, who were having fair success. Several vehicle-injured deer calls were also handled.
District 12 - Princeton area
CO Ryan Hanna (Milaca) participated in multiple ATV safety classes, giving the laws and ethics portion of the training. He also spoke with a couple of sportsmen’s clubs in preparation for the 2022 deer-hunting season.
CO Mike Krauel (Mora) spent the week checking anglers and working early goose hunters. He also took several calls about the upcoming deer season. Enforcement action was taken for no fishing license, no life jacket, and unlicensed watercraft.
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