District 2 - Bemidji area

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked trout anglers and spring trappers.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) worked a boat and water detail on the Rainy River over the weekend. Angling success was fair. Numerous boating violations were detected.

CO Hannah Mishler (Bemidji #2) spent the majority of the past week patrolling ATV trails and checking anglers and people spearing rough fish. A trapping complaint was handled, as well as a call regarding a bear with a trap on its paw. Turkey hunters were also checked and time was spent patrolling the area state parks.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports lots of people on the lakes, creeks and park lands enjoying the improving weather. Panfish have moved into the shallows and anglers were finding some success. Several anglers complained about the inability to register their expired boat and ATV registrations due to the local DMV being closed. Vinton directed them to the DNR website for renewals. Anglers are reminded that seining minnows from AIS-infested waters is prohibited. Only licensed bait dealers with the appropriate training and tagged equipment are allowed in infested waters. Enforcement action was taken for targeting fish in a closed season and seining in infested waters. TIP calls of dumping and overlimits are under investigation.

CO Jake Swedberg (Detroit Lakes) spent the past week working fishing and bowfishing activity. Swedberg checked many bowfishers during the early part of the week. Over the weekend, he worked a sturgeon fishing detail on the Rainy River with CO Zavodnik. Many anglers were catching nice sturgeon. The biggest Swedberg saw was 69 inches. Enforcement action for the past week included failure to validate a sturgeon tag, spearing in a closed spawning area, boat registration issues, and ATV-related issues.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked on ongoing cases and assisted with a search warrant. Wildlife-related calls and spearing enforcement were also worked.

CO Angie Warren (Mahnomen) monitored angling and fish-run activity. She answered questions about rough fish regulations and patrolled wildlife management areas and waterfowl production areas. Warren monitored areas of burning and checked for permits. A call of a bear and two cubs found shot near the Mahnomen/Norman county line is being investigated. Anyone with information is asked to contact Warren.

District 4 - Walker area

CO Jacque Hughes (Longville) checked anglers, boaters, and turkey hunters. Hughes reminds boaters they can renew their watercraft registration on the DNR website.

CO Jordan Anderson (Wadena) saw a lot of fishing activity during the week with the warm weather. Many have taken their boats out to get them ready for the opener. A reminder to make sure all safety required safety equipment is present and operational. Local forest trails opened over the weekend, but campgrounds still remain closed. Enforcement action was taken for no helmet worn by a juvenile, taking fish without a license, overlimit of fish and an open container on an ATV.

CO Calie Kunst (Remer) spent time working on ATV trails and getting prepared for fishing opener. She also handled various complaint calls about ATVs.

CO Randy Posner (Staples) worked fishing enforcement this past week. The nice weather brought out a fair number of panfish anglers. No fishing license in possession was the most common violation he observed. Posner received a complaint of a bowfisher dumping carp at public landings. He checked turkey hunters. They report seeing fewer turkeys. Toms did not want to come to the decoys. Flooding on area lakes, especially Lake Shamineau, is a significant problem for landowners and people trying to access the lake. The west DNR access on Shamineau is closed and will remain closed until the water recedes and repairs can be made.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) took several complaints of anglers taking walleyes in local streams. A complaint of sucker spearing in trout streams was also investigated. Other calls received included a wetland-filling complaint and an injured-bear report. Some time was spent on Bear Committee-related items. He also worked on a big-game poaching investigation. State forest areas continue to be busy with ATVs and other outdoor enthusiasts. Enforcement action was taken for angling and OHM violations.

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Turn in Poachers (TIP) in Minnesota - Report a violation in progress:

To report a violation: call 800-652-9093 24 hours a day, or key in #TIP on your cell phone.

To report a violation that isn't time sensitive: Use the form at https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/tipreportingform.html

Don't let poachers spoil your future fishing or hunting enjoyment or success.

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District 9 - Brainerd area

CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) provided enforcement for fishing, ATV operation, spring fire season and trapping. Enforcement action was taken for registration issues, juveniles operating illegally and no safety certification.

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) patrolled area lakes for fishing violations and area ATV trails for all-terrain vehicle violations. Guida addressed numerous youth operators/passengers under the age of 18 without helmets being worn. This also applies with roll cages of Class 2 ATVs. Overlimits of panfish are being monitored.

CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) worked crappie anglers and turkey hunters throughout the past week. Time was also spent working a Rainy River detail. Enforcement action was taken for numerous violations.

CO Eric Sullivan (Pequot Lakes) patrolled area lakes and checked spring anglers. Fishing in the area was slow due to cold water. Sullivan also worked OHM and ATV traffic in the area.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling and turkey hunting activity. Questions were answered regarding bowfishing and sucker spearing. Mlynar also assisted with a search for a boy in Crow Wing County.

District 10 - Mille Lacs area

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked and increase in anglers brought out by the warmer water and bite picking up. Burning was monitored due to high fire danger. Verkuilen also checked beaver trappers, turkey hunters, and lake equipment going back into the water.

CO Ashley Whiteoak (Malmo) spent time maintaining equipment, delivering equipment, working on office work, and following up on calls. The calls she followed up on included questions on boating regulations, fishing regulations, ATV regulations, and a complaint of dogs chasing deer.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) investigated several possible public waters/Wetland Conservation Act violations on Sturgeon Lake. ATV use in the area of the Nemadji State Forest continued over the weekend. Reports of ATVs operating in the state forest at night with high-powered lighting were taken. She also responded to a complaint of turkey hunting in a state park. The hunter was located. After a short interview, it was determined the hunter believed he was in the state forest as his hunting app was less than helpful. Hunters are responsible for knowing where they’re at, so make sure to double-check your hunting locations.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked on sucker spearing and bowfishing activities with a few complaints coming in about lights on the lakes at night. A turkey overlimit, lend/borrow tag, and failure to register a turkey case was worked with CO Collette, with charges pending. Starr is currently mediating a neighbor dispute over a beaver dam that is causing flooding of ag land. Starr found numerous folks spearing suckers at night, which is not allowed.

CO Mikeena Mattson (Wealthwood) worked fishing, ATV, OHM, and burning activity this past week. High ATV/OHM activity was seen on the Soo Line Trail. Enforcement action was taken for fishing, watercraft, ATV, OHM, and burning violations. Various complaints were also investigated.

District 11 - St. Cloud area

CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the past week monitoring area lakes for angling pressure. A decent panfish bite was seen on several lakes with many anglers finding some success. A TIP complaint regarding a turkey overlimit was investigated with enforcement action being taken for multiple turkey hunting violations. Another TIP complaint was fielded regarding anglers keeping pike and bass at an area dam. The angler was located and found to be in possession of multiple northern pike and a largemouth bass, all out of season. Silgjord would like to thank those members of the public who keep an eye out for violations and utilize the TIP line when they are seen.

CO Adam Seifermann (St. Cloud) reports spending time patrolling Charles Lindbergh State Park and conducting equipment maintenance. He received calls related to illegal bowfishing activity, possible trespassing, angling for species during a closed season and ATV complaints. Enforcement action for the past week consisted of angling with extra lines, angling without a fishing license and angling without a license in possession.

CO Keith Bertram (Long Prairie) spent most of the past week checking anglers. Enforcement action was taken for license and registration violations. A trespassing call was also handled.

District 12 - Princeton area

CO Nathan Benkofske (Milaca) reports enforcing ATV and fishing laws in the area. A great-horned owl was freed from a barbwire fence and managed to fly away. A car was followed after it was seen doing donuts and burnouts, resulting in a DWI arrest with the help of the State Patrol. Benkofske also stopped an ATV for traffic violations. The ATV was found to be stolen. The real owner was happy to have it recovered.

CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) checked anglers, boaters, ATV operators, and turkey hunters. Calls responded to included carcass dumping, illegal ATV operation, overlimits of fish/turkeys, nuisance animals, and burning complaints.

CO Mike Krauel (Mora) spent another busy week checking anglers and patrolling for ATV activity. He also assisted other law enforcement agencies with the apprehension of suspects who fled from law enforcement in a stolen vehicle. Krauel also spent time investigating wetland complaints and CWD feeding ban violations. Enforcement action was taken for operating an OHM in a WMA, operating an OHM on the road right of way, taking bass out of season, angling with extra lines, taking overlimits of fish, fishing without a license, and possession of marijuana.

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) received several angling complaints. Animal-related calls were handled. Follow up was done on a litter investigation.

Aviation Section

Standby CO Pilot Tim Gray (Bemidji) continued flight training with landings and commercial maneuvers. He also flew over the BWCA looking for campers for the local CO.

NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew a wolf telemetry flight and attended to administrative tasks.

CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports flying fire detection routes during continued dry weather. A few more wetland/waters issues were noted during fire flights.

NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) completed administrative tasks and aerial applicator review, and also worked on pilot training videos.

Water Resource Enforcement Officers

WREO Joseph Stattelman (NW) spent the past week working on open cases and conducting site visits. Time was spent checking lake service providers around Otter Tail and Becker counties. Assistance was given on a big-game search warrant. Turkey, fishing, and the fish run were worked. Equipment was maintained and worked on for the season.

WREO Robert Haberman (North Central) worked on cases in his assigned area. AIS enforcement was conducted with LSP operations checked on. Turkey hunters were worked, as were ATV riders. Closed campgrounds were also checked.

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Prepared by Joe Albert, Communications coordinator | Division of Enforcement