Weekly Conservation Officer's report

Enforcement Education

Last updated: 2017-12-11

Please check the DNR WEB SITE 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 on-line for the online course information, also located at www.mndnr.gov.

Please check the DNR WEB SITE 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 December 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 December 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:
NW RTO Greg Oldakowski (acting) worked on background information for potential volunteer safety instructors. Scenarios and training were provided officers in Use of Force training. Training was received as well regarding youth involvement.

NE RTO Mike Lee assisted other Division Use of Force Instructors at Camp Ripley with training for officers. Officers completed weapons qualifications and scenario based training. Officer Lee also attended Division Honor Guard Training with other Division Honor Guard members. Officer Lee also completed backgrounds on new firearm safety instructors.

North Metro RTO Brett Oberg (acting) focused on background investigation work. Time was also spent dealing with burning and littering violations. Small game hunters were also checked.

Southern RTO Jen Mueller (acting) continued to work on a background investigation. She also followed up on leads that came in though the TIP line on a poached deer near Stewart. She attended a meeting with ATVAM members and also attended human trafficking training with other RTO?s.

Rec Vehicle Coordinator Bruce Lawrence attended training and a meeting with RTOs at Camp Ripley. RTO Lawrence worked on newly revised lesson plans for the firearms safety instructors. RTO Lawrence completed revisions to the Trail Ambassador Program training materials for the 2018 season. He took inquiries and questions about off highway vehicle registrations and operations. RTO staff and Education Safety Training Section staff held a meeting with ATVAM for discussion on the youth ATV training requirements along with the certification process.

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