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MN Conservation Officer Tales - August

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ANSWERING THE CALL

Conservation Officer (CO) Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) answered a call of a mother mallard and her eight ducklings taking up temporary residency in a garage. With a little coaxing, mom led the family across the lawn to the river.

AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN

CO Tim Collette (Longville) reported a landowner was running the motor of his boat about half throttle, with the boat still in the lift, while he was in the water raking aquatic weeds from the bottom.

ONE LUCKY DUCK

A lone mallard duckling was observed trying to cross a busy divided highway, so CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) tried to capture the duck to keep it from being run over and to prevent a crash. Before he got turned around, the duckling caused a motor vehicle accident. None of the drivers was injured. The duck was released to a foster mallard and brood on a nearby lake.

WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO?

CO Randy Hanzal (Brookston) reported enforcement action was taken on a couple of nonresidents who drove their motorboat through a gaggle of geese and their babies, killing several of them. The driver of the boat said he didn't know it was illegal to drive through the geese and asked, "What am I supposed to do, wait until the geese move?"

LOOKING FOR THE LIGHT

Lake Superior Marine Unit CO's Chris Johnson, Keith Olson and Mike Scott report an intoxicated boater got on the radio to ask the Coast Guard to turn on the lights at the Superior Light House; however, it was not dark yet. The voice on the radio sounded a bit slurred and confused. Officers later stopped a boat without lights after sunset and found an impaired operator. The Coast Guard took the operator to their station for testing. The vessel was towed to Barker's Island.

WHY DID YOU DO THAT?

While fueling at a local gas station, CO Bruce Lawrence (Pine City) watched an adult female throw an empty beer can from her parked vehicle. When asked why she did it, she responded, "I didn't want to get an open bottle ticket." The woman was issued a citation for littering.

WEAK EXCUSES

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) came across a boat carrying four people who learned that a fishing license is needed to angle and that PFDs, are needed in the boat when on the water. When asked why they didn't have any PFDs they said, "We thought we didn't need any if we knew how to swim." When asked why they didn't have any angling licenses, they said the store they stopped at was all out.

OLD 'DYNAMITE' FOUND

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) assisted local police with a possible "old dynamite stick found" call at the Salvation Army shop in Morris. The item was determined to be an old road flare.

OFF-ROAD READY?

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) observed a California resident attempting to drive a new Jeep Wrangler down an ATV trail in the ditch of a state highway. When Verkuilen asked to see some sort of registration, the operator pointed to a factory installed "Off-Road Ready" decal on the Jeep. The driver was provided an education on Minnesota's off-road vehicle laws.

LICENSE REQUIRED

CO Joe Frear (Waseca) reported a nonresident angler was issued a citation for angling without a license. The angler tried to tell the officer that he was fishing on a private lake and did not need a license. The man was on Clear Lake near Waseca.

UNDERSTANDABLY VERY UPSET

CO Mike Shelden (Alexandria) investigated a call in which a 13-year-old thought there were too many Canada geese in the family's back yard, so he threw rocks until one of the geese was injured and then killed it with a baseball bat. The next-door neighbors were understandably very upset.

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I heard the call and was at Barkers Island with Viking when the guy called asking for the lights to the Wi.Entry to be turned on. He did indead sound scmidtfaced. We watched as they towed his boat in. Funny thing is the name of the boat was Seagull wich is the same as Outdoorrans dads boat. No it wasnt his dad though. grin.gif

The funny thing was once the Coast Guard asked for the boats position he quit calling back. smirk.gif The DNR later found the boat and turned him over to the Coast Guard I think.

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    • easyrider25

      Posted

      Looking for advice on keeping the dog focused and quiet in the duck boat.  Was out today and we shot enough ducks to keep her busy, however my dog is such a hyper hypo that it's a  little annoying.  Either whining or jumping back and forth from the front and back of the boat.  Do I just need to establish the expectation and keep on her till she finally gets it or is this how some dogs are in the boat? This is her 4th year duck hunting and she has continued to improve each season.  Overall I am happy with her work, especially with the limited amount of hunting I do.  We were out today for 3 hours, shot 8 birds and she did great on the retrieving end and is pretty much focused on the skies, but if something is not constantly dropping from them I feel like I have a screaming baby on my hands.  It's not really that bad, just very annoying.   I would just like her to sit in her spot, stare at the skies and wait for my command.  Is this to much to ask?

    • On 9/24/2016 at 3:30 PM, ZachD said:

      she's getting big

      She's up to 38 pounds at a few days short of 5 months and does not stop going 100 mph. She got exposed to a lot of feathers this weekend at duck camp. She retrieved dead ducks and geese in the yard after our hunts. The goose was a bit big so I chopped a wing off and worked with that after she picked it up and barely made it back a short distance to me. 

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    • delcecchi

      Posted

      Maybe that is how they can stay in business 

    • flagislanddan

      Posted

      Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort Lake of the Woods, Northwest Angle 9/25/16

       

      Happy Fall!

       

      On the Minnesota side fishing has been great around Soldier’s and Mergan’s Point. Most points have been producing fish as well as bays due to shiners moving into the bays. Raps and spinners have been successful as well as 3/8 ounce jigs with the jig bite turning back on. Shiners, crawlers and fatheads have all been attracting the fish. The magic depth has been between 8 and 18 feet. The duck and goose opener has been successful with many resident birds still around we have not seen any signs of northern birds in the area. There have been many Woodducks and Mallards around.

       

      Over on the Ontario side the Walleye bite has been great and the Crappies are picking up. Anglers have been targeting fall spots and jigging in 18-28 feet of water. Emerald shiners are on the move to spawn so watch for them in channels and bays with creeks. The water temp is cooling down and is approximately at 62 degrees. Trolling for Muskies in 10-18 feet has also been good.

       

      The leaves are starting to change colors and there is definitely a chill in the air but, there is still plenty of time to get in on some wonderful fall fishing. The best part about fall fishing is some of the great wildlife you get to see out and about. Also, it is a good time to start thinking about your winter ice fishing trip, we would love to have you as our guest!

       

      Until next week, good luck fishing!

      Guides Dan Schmidt, Jeremy Glessing and Devin Rau

       

      Flag Island Resort

      218-223-8011

       

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    • flagislanddan

      Posted

      Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort Lake of the Woods, Northwest Angle 9/26/16

       

      Happy Fall!

       

      On the Minnesota side fishing has been great around Soldier’s and Mergan’s Point. Most points have been producing fish as well as bays due to shiners moving into the bays. Raps and spinners have been successful as well as 3/8 ounce jigs with the jig bite turning back on. Shiners, crawlers and fatheads have all been attracting the fish. The magic depth has been between 8 and 18 feet. The duck and goose opener has been successful with many resident birds still around we have not seen any signs of northern birds in the area. There have been many Woodducks and Mallards around.

       

      Over on the Ontario side the Walleye bite has been great and the Crappies are picking up. Anglers have been targeting fall spots and jigging in 18-28 feet of water. Emerald shiners are on the move to spawn so watch for them in channels and bays with creeks. The water temp is cooling down and is approximately at 62 degrees. Trolling for Muskies in 10-18 feet has also been good.

       

      The leaves are starting to change colors and there is definitely a chill in the air but, there is still plenty of time to get in on some wonderful fall fishing. The best part about fall fishing is some of the great wildlife you get to see out and about. Also, it is a good time to start thinking about your winter ice fishing trip, we would love to have you as our guest!

       

      Until next week, good luck fishing!

      Guides Dan Schmidt, Jeremy Glessing and Devin Rau

       

      Flag Island Resort

      218-223-8011

       

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      14372283_10154027624017635_7564426901939642848_o.jpg

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    • perry p

      Posted (edited)

      Thanks Workin, Bart and especially Jim for the replies. My family really enjoys fishing on Clearwater lake.

      Edited by perry p
      Misspell
    • muskie-mike

      Posted

      Good walleye bite on leadcore..40 walleyes in 25-28 ft of water,mid lake..None over 16 inches...

    • JBMasterAngler

      Posted

      First time up in Brainerd in 3 years. Went to big trout on Friday, thinking it would be a guarantee (which it usually is). Nope! Not even the rock bass were hitting! Only ended up with a couple pike and a couple largemouths. The inspector at the boat launch was showing me some pics of a couple lake trout this one guy had caught a few days earlier, a 34 and 36 incher! Saturday we were going to fish gull, but it was jam packed with people! Was there a tournament going on? Ended up at a secret little lake where my wife caught bass and pike one right after the other, while I couldn't get a bite to save my life! Was good to be back up there after a 3 year absence. Hopefully I'll find the time to get up there again.

    • Cliff Wagenbach

      Posted

      Very nice walleye no matter how the picture came out! Do not see many of those each year!

      We ended up keeping 9 walleyes and releasing 3 slot fish between 19" and 23".

      Cliff

    • LBerquist

      Posted

      Here's the proof of the 28" I told you about today cliff. Unfortunately this picture doesn't make this fish out to be nearly as impressive as she was in person. I'm gonna need to work on my selfie skills.

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  • Posts

    • easyrider25
      Looking for advice on keeping the dog focused and quiet in the duck boat.  Was out today and we shot enough ducks to keep her busy, however my dog is such a hyper hypo that it's a  little annoying.  Either whining or jumping back and forth from the front and back of the boat.  Do I just need to establish the expectation and keep on her till she finally gets it or is this how some dogs are in the boat? This is her 4th year duck hunting and she has continued to improve each season.  Overall I am happy with her work, especially with the limited amount of hunting I do.  We were out today for 3 hours, shot 8 birds and she did great on the retrieving end and is pretty much focused on the skies, but if something is not constantly dropping from them I feel like I have a screaming baby on my hands.  It's not really that bad, just very annoying.   I would just like her to sit in her spot, stare at the skies and wait for my command.  Is this to much to ask?
    • MattL
      She's up to 38 pounds at a few days short of 5 months and does not stop going 100 mph. She got exposed to a lot of feathers this weekend at duck camp. She retrieved dead ducks and geese in the yard after our hunts. The goose was a bit big so I chopped a wing off and worked with that after she picked it up and barely made it back a short distance to me. 
    • delcecchi
      Maybe that is how they can stay in business 
    • flagislanddan
      Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort Lake of the Woods, Northwest Angle 9/25/16   Happy Fall!   On the Minnesota side fishing has been great around Soldier’s and Mergan’s Point. Most points have been producing fish as well as bays due to shiners moving into the bays. Raps and spinners have been successful as well as 3/8 ounce jigs with the jig bite turning back on. Shiners, crawlers and fatheads have all been attracting the fish. The magic depth has been between 8 and 18 feet. The duck and goose opener has been successful with many resident birds still around we have not seen any signs of northern birds in the area. There have been many Woodducks and Mallards around.   Over on the Ontario side the Walleye bite has been great and the Crappies are picking up. Anglers have been targeting fall spots and jigging in 18-28 feet of water. Emerald shiners are on the move to spawn so watch for them in channels and bays with creeks. The water temp is cooling down and is approximately at 62 degrees. Trolling for Muskies in 10-18 feet has also been good.   The leaves are starting to change colors and there is definitely a chill in the air but, there is still plenty of time to get in on some wonderful fall fishing. The best part about fall fishing is some of the great wildlife you get to see out and about. Also, it is a good time to start thinking about your winter ice fishing trip, we would love to have you as our guest!   Until next week, good luck fishing! Guides Dan Schmidt, Jeremy Glessing and Devin Rau   Flag Island Resort 218-223-8011  
    • flagislanddan
      Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort Lake of the Woods, Northwest Angle 9/26/16   Happy Fall!   On the Minnesota side fishing has been great around Soldier’s and Mergan’s Point. Most points have been producing fish as well as bays due to shiners moving into the bays. Raps and spinners have been successful as well as 3/8 ounce jigs with the jig bite turning back on. Shiners, crawlers and fatheads have all been attracting the fish. The magic depth has been between 8 and 18 feet. The duck and goose opener has been successful with many resident birds still around we have not seen any signs of northern birds in the area. There have been many Woodducks and Mallards around.   Over on the Ontario side the Walleye bite has been great and the Crappies are picking up. Anglers have been targeting fall spots and jigging in 18-28 feet of water. Emerald shiners are on the move to spawn so watch for them in channels and bays with creeks. The water temp is cooling down and is approximately at 62 degrees. Trolling for Muskies in 10-18 feet has also been good.   The leaves are starting to change colors and there is definitely a chill in the air but, there is still plenty of time to get in on some wonderful fall fishing. The best part about fall fishing is some of the great wildlife you get to see out and about. Also, it is a good time to start thinking about your winter ice fishing trip, we would love to have you as our guest!   Until next week, good luck fishing! Guides Dan Schmidt, Jeremy Glessing and Devin Rau   Flag Island Resort 218-223-8011