Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 12 - Princeton area

Last updated: 2017-12-11

CO Angela Londgren (Cambridge) checked hunters, trappers, and a few anglers who reported most areas with thin ice still. Time was spent working on a background investigation, following up on complaints of trespass, wanton waste, and carcass dumping.

CO Phil Mohs (Center City) worked hunting and fishing activity. Ice anglers began to venture out on to area lakes. Several area lakes still have open water and very thin ice in many areas. Enforcement action was taken for fishing without a license, fishing with extra lines, illegal transportation of firearms, and a deer over-limit.

CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) checked hunters, trappers, and ATV?s. Violations were found for illegal lend/borrow deer licenses, fail to tag deer, fail to validate tags, and fail to register deer. Several animal complaints were handled as well as illegal deer carcasses dumping calls.

CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) checked some ice anglers during the week. Ice conditions range from open water in some isolated spots to six inches in other spots. A few hunters are still out in the woods and fields.

CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) followed up on several investigations related to the past firearms deer season and trespassing calls. Ice fishing in the area has started on some small lakes, but anglers should be aware that the ice is not yet safe on most lakes even for just walking. The high winds have left lakes with open spots or very thin ice spots.

CO Mike Krauel (Milaca) spent the week following up on big game complaints. CO Krauel also took several calls about carcasses being dumped illegally. He also removed several camping items abandoned in a nearby state forest. Enforcement action was taken for lend and borrow big game license, take deer over-limit, and driving after suspension.

Big Lake vacant.