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11/28/2021 - 12/11/2021

DISTRICT 1

Conservation Officer (CO) Alex VanWagner checked a body of water in Iron County while working early season ice fishing activity.  While approaching the access site, CO VanWagner observed two subjects fishing near the access site with multiple tip-ups. While walking out to contact the subjects, one of them pulled a line up but there were still seven lines out. The subject who reeled up his line admitted to fishing with four lines and trying to pull the extra one when he saw the CO approaching. A citation was issued for fishing with too many lines.

CO Alex VanWagner responded to an incident involving a suicidal subject in Iron County. The subject had self-inflicted, deep lacerations on his arms. A Michigan State Police (MSP) trooper and Aspirus emergency medical services (EMS) were also on scene and medical treatment was supplied until the subject was able to be transported to Dickinson County Hospital to be treated and evaluated.

CO Phil Helminen obtained an arrest warrant on an individual for operating a privately owned cervid facility without a license. CO Helminen located the individual and arrested him on the warrant. The suspect was released on bond and given an appearance date to appear in the Dickinson County Court.

CO Jeffrey Dell received a "be on the lookout" radio call on a vulnerable adult who had left his residence on foot, had been missing for two and half hours, and was not dressed for the single digit weather. CO Dell was able to locate the individual and turned him over to the Menominee County Sheriff's Department who transported him to his residence. The individual appeared to have early onset of frostbite on his hands.

COs John Kamps and Jeremy Sergey responded to a complaint of an individual who had an untagged deer laying on his front porch. The COs arrived at the residence to find the suspect fully dressed in hunting gear and preparing to go out hunting. The COs observed an untagged 10-pointer laying on the front porch covered in snow. When questioned about the deer the suspect stated that he shot the 10-point buck several days ago but due to various reasons, had not tagged it yet. The suspect had an unvalidated kill-tag for the deer on the kitchen counter and handed it to the COs. It was also determined that the suspect shot a 6-point deer and had it laying behind the house. The COs inspected the 6-point and determined that deer to be tagged, but it was also unvalidated. After additional questioning, the suspect admitted that he had gone out to his deer blind and hunted after shooting both of his deer. The COs seized the 10-point deer, and two citations were issued for failing to affix and validate a kill-tag to each deer.

CO Cody Smith was working a snowmobile trail after a big snowstorm when a snowmobile approached. The rider was disoriented and had stated they were trying to find their way to work after leaving their residence two hours prior. They called their boss and told them they were going to be late. CO Smith assisted the rider with directions so they could  safely continue to work on their sled without being any later for work.

COs John Kamps and Alex VanWagner teamed up to work an illegal deer case across Dickinson and Marquette County lines. Contact was made with both suspects at their camp and residence. After a brief interview with both suspects, a full confession was obtained for loan and borrow a deer kill-tag. The son of the suspect shot the deer who did not have a valid tag in his possession at the time of kill. After the deer was shot, the father went to purchase a tag for the deer. The suspects were charged with failing to affix and loan/borrow a deer kill-tag.

DISTRICT 2

CO Steve Butzin was out on patrol in Delta County when he encountered an individual in possession of a 6-point buck with a license that had not been validated properly. Further investigation found that two individuals were responsible for taking several bucks in Delta and Menominee Counties without licenses over the past several years. In all, one 7-point buck and two 6-point bucks were taken without licenses. Along with these violations, another individual was found to be loaning and borrowing deer licenses to another. Reports have been submitted to the district courts of Delta and Menominee Counties. If convicted, the hunters could face restitution of $6,000 and loss of hunting privileges for several years.

CO Andrea Dani met with MSP officers, MSP Emergency Services (ES) Team, and Alger County deputies at a command post in Chatham after Alger County deputies attempted to serve a Transport/Evaluation Order on a subject in Eben Junction. The subject became resistant and after struggling with officers and being tased, was able to get into his house and retrieve a long gun, which he pointed at the deputies. Deputies were able to make distance and retreat without injury. The MSP ES Team arrived and set a perimeter on the suspect's residence. The subject eventually tried to flee the house on foot and was quickly taken into custody by the ES Team. The subject was turned over to the Alger County Sheriff's Department and transported to UP Health System - Marquette for evaluation.

COs Rob Freeborn and Brandon Maki responded to an individual with a hunter harassment complaint. The complainant stated that he heard loud revving of a truck and cursing coming from where he parked. The complainant then walked out of the woods to avoid a confrontation. When he went to retrieve his truck later, he found that his truck was dragged several feet away from where it was parked. A report will be submitted to the Prosecutor's Office after the investigation is completed.

With the inclement weather that passed through Schoolcraft County on Saturday, December 11th, COs Rob Freeborn, and Brandon Maki assisted local law enforcement and tow companies with a plethora of vehicles in the ditch.

COs Todd Sumbera, Mike Olesen, Cole VanOosten, and Sgt. Calvin Smith attended the Wolf Advisory Council meeting in St. Ignace on December 7th. The meeting had a good turnout with a lot of good public interactions.

DISTRICT 3

CO Chad Baldwin received a complaint from his local dispatch center about a peacock running loose in Charlevoix. The peacock had been observed running around town over the last few weeks. CO Baldwin enlisted the help of a Charlevoix City Police Department officer to help corner and capture the bird. CO Baldwin used a fishing net to trap the bird and the CO and officer were able to secure it in a dog crate. The bird was dropped off at the Charlevoix City Police Department where an authorized individual was contacted to care for the peacock.

CO Adam LeClerc was working the December elk hunt along the Cheboygan and Otsego County line. While observing a group of snowmobiles at an intersection, he witnessed the trailing snowmobile almost rear end the snowmobile in front of them at the stop sign. A ticket was issued for careless operation of a snowmobile.

CO Dan Liestenfeltz was patrolling Albert Township in Montmorency County when he observed three snowmobiles fail to stop at a signed intersection on a snowmobile trail. CO Liestenfeltz initiated a stop on the snowmobiles. While talking to the operators, it was determined that the lead operator owned all three snowmobiles and not one of them had trail permits. CO Liestenfeltz issued the owner of the snowmobiles a ticket for no trail permit and issued verbal warnings to the other operators.

CO Sidney Collins assisted the DNR Forestry Division (FRD) with a timber trespass in Montmorency County. A logger who had bid on a state land timber cut had gone onto private property and continued cutting. CO Collins and an FRD forest manager were able to settle the issue with the landowner and will follow up with the timber cutter.

CO Sidney Collins submitted a complaint and warrant on a local elk guide. The guide had a pending charge of recreational trespass in Montmorency County. The elk guide received 20 hours of community service with a deferred sentencing.

CO Sidney Collins was working an elk patrol in Montmorency County when she came upon a group of hunters. CO Collins heard a few shots in the area just before. COs Collins and Paul Fox met with two groups of hunters who shot the same cow elk. The first hunter shot the elk and wounded it. As the first hunters were tracking the elk, they heard a shot close by. Just over the ridge, another hunter shot the same elk and killed it. The second hunter, who made the actual killing shot, was entitled to the elk.

COs Sidney Collins, Paul Fox, and Sgt. Mike Mshar responded to a dead elk complaint in Montmorency County. Upon further investigation, it was determined that a second bull elk had been mistakenly shot by an elk hunter. Statements were taken and the additional elk was necropsied and donated to a local food pantry in Atlanta. A report will be submitted to the prosecutor's office for review and charges.

DISTRICT 4

CO William Kinney wrapped up a long investigation of an over-limit of bucks harvested in Grand Traverse County. With the assistance from CO Amanda Weaver, two whitetail deer racks and a crossbow were seized. The suspect admitted to harvesting three bucks this season. Two of which were tagged with his wife's hunting license. Charges will be sought through the local prosecutor's office.

COs William Kinney and Amanda Weaver hosted a 'Stuff a Truck' toy drive at the Sportsman's Warehouse in Traverse City. The goal of the event was to fill a conservation officer patrol truck with as many toys as possible. The toys were then donated to Toys for Tots for distribution around the northwestern LP. The COs spent the day collecting toys, answering questions, and fostering a positive relationship with the community. Thanks to the generosity of that community, a truckload of toys was collected, as well as several hundred dollars in cash donations. The event was a huge success and hopefully numerous families around the Traverse City area will benefit from the drive.

COs Patrick McManus and Jack Gorno were on patrol in Leelanau County when they encountered a deer hunter exiting the woods dragging a deer behind him. When the COs contacted the hunter, they noticed the deer was already field dressed and was currently untagged. Upon questioning the hunter on not tagging the deer with a validated kill-tag, he stated that he didn't have any means to do so at his disposal. The COs made note of the large amount of paracord he was using to drag the deer out of the woods, as well as a knife in his pocket, to properly validate/attach the tag immediately per state conservation law. The hunter agreed with the COs and received a citation for failing to immediately validate/attach deer kill-tag.

CO Josiah Killingbeck contacted a hunter in a blind that had a bait pile in front of the blind. CO Killingbeck observed that the subject had no hunter orange on, and the subject did not have his hunting license with him. CO Killingbeck noticed a gut pile near the blind and asked the subject about his deer season success. The hunter said that he had shot a spike horn on opening day and nothing else. After confirming that the spike horn buck had been shot at this same location, CO Killingbeck asked the subject if he was familiar with APR regulations in Lake County. The hunter said he was not familiar and has not looked at hunting regulations in "years". CO Killingbeck asked what license the deer was tagged with and the hunter said that he had cut his finger gutting the deer, so his "friend" had to tag the deer with her tag. CO Killingbeck was able to contact the "friend" in another blind on the property that was baited as well. This hunter told CO Killingbeck that the first hunter had shot two deer opening day and that she had to tag both deer with hers, because her "friend" had cut his finger. CO Killingbeck learned that the second hunter had shot a buck as well and had not tagged it for a few days until it was time to take the deer to the processer. The first hunter then tagged the second hunter's deer with his tag.  CO Killingbeck issued citations for the baiting violations and a report is being sent to the Lake County Prosecutor for Charges of APR and Loan/Borrow License violations.

CO Josiah Killingbeck, while off duty, was contacted in the middle of the night regarding a complaint where a gunshot was heard close to a residence and then someone was walking on the complainant's property. CO Killingbeck responded to the area and contacted the suspect, who denied shooting a firearm. The subject admitted to trespassing on his neighbor's property but would not give a reason. CO Killingbeck was not able to locate any blood near the residence but did find a bait pile behind the residence outside a window. The subject told CO Killingbeck that the sugar beets and corn had fallen out of a "squirrel feeder". CO Killingbeck did not observe any "squirrel feeders" in the area and advised the subject that he did not see any squirrel tracks but that there was a lot of deer tracks at the bait pile. The subject was cited for Feeding Deer when prohibited.

CO Josiah Killingbeck, while on patrol, observed a vehicle trespassing on a utility right-of-way. CO Killingbeck was able to catch up to the vehicle and, upon activating his emergency lights, observed the driver reaching in the back seat. The driver eventually pulled over and CO Killingbeck contacted the driver. CO Killingbeck observed an uncased rifle in the back seat and was advised that there was also a handgun in the vehicle. CO Killingbeck located the handgun that was loaded in a backpack in the back seat. CO Killingbeck determined that the driver did not have a concealed pistol license (CPL). The subject told CO Killingbeck he is from down state and always has his pistol with him concealed because "that's the way we do it". The subject was arrested and lodged in the Lake County Jail on Carrying a Concealed Weapon charges.

CO Kyle Publiski, received a complaint in Manistee County of a subject that found an undersized buck shot on his property. CO Publiski walked the complainant's property and located a spike buck that had been shot with a bullet right behind the front shoulder. CO Publiski began uncovering a blood trail underneath the snow and followed it back to another property and lost blood. While looking for more blood on the neighboring property, CO Publiski found an old set of boot tracks and followed them to a residence where he also located a bait pile. CO Publiski made contact at that residence and received a full confession from one of the residences at the house. Not only was the buck undersized, but it was also shot over bait with a rifle during muzzleloader season. The suspect said he thought he missed the deer because he found no blood after a short track job. The suspect is being charged with taking a deer by an illegal method.

While checking processors in Mason County, CO Kyle Publiski located a spike buck. After following up with the paperwork, it was determined the buck was taken in Mason County, contrary to the antler point restriction (APR) regulations. CO Publiski contacted the subject who just purchased the property and stated he wanted to shoot a deer on it. CO Publiski asked the subject if he knew if there was an APR in Mason County, the subject stated, "Not really." CO Publiski asked him what "not really" meant to him, and the subject stated he never really looked to see. CO Publiski charged the subject for taking a buck in violation of the APR law.

CO Tim Barboza heard a call of a breaking and entering in progress a few miles away, it was reported that a camera in the house showed three individuals were in the house with AR style rifles. CO Barboza arrived on scene first and located two males outside in a truck. CO Barboza identified a grandson of the homeowner, and a friend who were checking on the property, and confirmed that there was no third person. The grandson stated he brought the rifle as they have had issues with people breaking in and stealing a car in the past. The sheriff's department and MSP arrived on scene a few minutes later and cleared the house to ensure there was no one else in the home and contact was made with the homeowner to ensure they were allowed to be there. All units involved cleared without incident.

CO Josh Reed was patrolling on foot in the Martiny Lake State Game Area (SGA). CO Reed located a sport utility vehicle parked on the edge of the game area and Trans Canada gas company property. CO Reed followed the foot tracks of the hunter through the game area and past no trespassing signs onto the gas company's property. CO Reed located the hunter well into the private property. CO Reed advised the hunter that he had walked right past no trespassing signs on the way into the property. The hunter advised that he had entered the property in the dark. CO Reed stated that he had seen the hunter parked in the same spot several times and advised he would have seen the signs at some point. The hunter stated that he was upset with the gas company doing work in the game area during deer season, so he decided to hunt on their land in return. The hunter was cited for recreational trespass.

DISTRICT 5

CO Charlie Jones was on patrol in Kalkaska County when he observed a snowmobile operating on the shoulder of M 72 without a helmet. CO Jones conducted a stop on the snowmobile. After further investigation, it was determined the snowmobiler also had an expired registration, had failed to transfer ownership, was operating on a public highway, and had no helmet. The laws and safety concerns were explained in detail. The operator was issued a citation for operating a snowmobile without a helmet and given warnings on the other violations.

COs Kyle Bader and Zack Walters followed up on an ice fishing complaint. The COs located three anglers in the location indicated by the complainant, and one citation was issued for possessing over the legal limit of crappie.

CO Kyle Bader saw three people with flashlights, not far off the road, while patrolling for hunting activity in Ogemaw County. CO Bader contacted the three individuals who asked for help locating their 12-year-old daughter, who was missing. They suspected she ran away, and they were following her tracks in the snow. CO Bader told them to go check for her at friends' and family houses while he followed the tracks. CO Bader tracked her into a residential area for over a mile until her family called Ogemaw County Central Dispatch and advised she had been located and was safe. The Ogemaw County Sheriff's Office followed up with the family.

CO Kyle Bader responded to a complaint in Ogemaw County where a private property owner located boot tracks on his property in the snow that were not there the day prior. When he followed the tracks, he located a large area of bloody snow. CO Bader investigated the scene and followed the suspicious tracks across a neighboring property and to a house located on a third property. Upon interviewing the residents, CO Bader learned that a man had killed a deer and trespassed to retrieve it but returned to his home in southern Michigan. CO Bader conducted a phone interview with the man and his father. During the interview, the man said he shot a deer as soon as it crossed the fence onto the property, he had permission to hunt.  Then the deer ran back onto the neighbor's property. The hunter suspected the neighboring landowner wouldn't grant him permission to get the deer, so he just went and retrieved it. The deer was seized by a local CO and the man is being charged with recreational trespass through the Ogemaw County Prosecutor's Office.

CO Ryan Weakman responded to a RAP complaint in Gladwin County involving a large bait pile. CO Weakman observed two trucks with trailers parked in the area, along with ORV tracks leading back into the woods. The bait pile was reported to be back in the area where the ORV tracks were leading. CO Weakman waited near the trucks for the subjects to return. The first subject returned on an ORV and confessed that he had just put deer bait down. CO Weakman followed the subject back to his hunting location where he located large piles of sugar beets, corn, and carrots. Further investigation revealed the subject's tree stand had no name and address and he was using the ORV in a prohibited area. The subject stated his reason for baiting was because he wasn't seeing any deer. The hunter was cited for baiting deer in a closed area and operating an ORV in a prohibited area. The hunter was given a warning for having no name and address on his tree stand. After a short wait, the subject's brother-in-law returned on the second ORV and was subsequently issued a citation for operating an ORV without a helmet and was warned for operating in a prohibited area.

DISTRICT 6

CO Dan Robinson was called to a self-reported hunting violation in Montcalm County. After speaking with the caller, it was discovered that his son, who is a juvenile hunter, had shot an antlered deer and he did not have an antlered deer tag left. CO Robinson talked to the father briefly who turned the interview over to his son. CO Robinson talked to the young hunter about being sure of the game he is hunting before pulling the trigger and investigated the blind location and the deer carcass. The deer was seized and donated to a family in need with no charges issued. 

CO Dan Robinson reports that a subject was found guilty on several charges between two counties. The subject was found with an untagged deer by a Gratiot County deputy in 2020. The deputy passed along the information and assisted in gathering evidence. While investigating that complaint and subsequent search warrant, CO Robinson realized the subject was also a suspect in an open trespassing case involving a possible poaching scenario. The subject had warrants for both charges and was eventually arrested. The subject plead guilty to all charges and was charged $5,000 reimbursement for the illegal deer in his possession and loss of hunting privileges for five years. In the second case he was charged for recreational trespass and assessed almost $400 in fines and costs.

DISTRICT 7

While on patrol in Ionia County, CO Jeremy Beavers spotted a vehicle in a wooded area with the driver's side window down and two people in the front seat. CO Beavers parked and exited his patrol truck to contact the subjects. At that time, the driver started to open the car door. CO Beavers instructed him to remain in the vehicle and keep the door closed. As he approached, he recognized the driver, a subject he wrote at the same location last year for hunting without a license. Once CO Beavers got next to the vehicle, he could see an uncased shotgun between the legs of the driver. The driver of the vehicle was very frustrated upon contact and quickly recognized CO Beavers. CO Beavers asked him what he was doing, and he stated he was getting ready to go hunting and that he was just smoking a cigarette before going. CO Beavers then checked the shotgun and found that it was loaded. Once again, the subject was hunting without a license. Further investigation revealed an active warrant out of Saginaw County. No additional firearms were found and the passenger in the vehicle stated he was not hunting and was just along for the ride. After advising the driver of his warrant, he was ticketed for the violations discovered during contact. After leaving and only driving a few miles, CO Jeremy Beavers spotted another truck parked about 25 yards off the road in an open field. CO Beavers slowed down and saw the driver's side window of the truck was down and someone in the driver's seat. Upon contact, a fully loaded uncased .450 rifle was in the subject's possession. A citation was issued for the loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.

While patrolling the Portland SGA in Ionia County, CO Jeremy Beavers conducted a foot patrol along a popular trail. Walking north along a roadway, he saw an approaching vehicle. CO Beavers could see at least three subjects in the truck, all wearing camouflage and hunter orange. As the vehicle neared, CO Beavers could see three uncased shotguns in the back, behind the driver's seat. The driver of the vehicle was instructed to park his vehicle next to CO Beavers patrol truck. CO Beavers then obtained identification and hunting licenses for all subjects and removed the firearms from the vehicle. All firearms were fully loaded with a round in the chamber. CO Beavers was well acquainted with two of the subjects and had cited the subjects on two different occasions at the same location earlier in the year for hunting violations. The subjects denied hunting from the vehicle and stated they were just moving locations. CO Beavers did not discover additional violations and the subjects were cited for having loaded/uncased firearms in a motor vehicle.

CO Travis Dragomer checked a waterfowl hunter at a river access site. It was found that the hunter was hunting waterfowl without a valid federal duck stamp. The hunter also operated his vessel on the river while in possession of a loaded firearm. One citation was written for hunting waterfowl without having a federal duck stamp and a warning was given for the firearm violation.

CO Sam Schluckbier received a complaint during firearm deer season of hunter harassment taking place from the neighboring property owner. The hunter claimed that a husband and wife will walk the boundary lines during evening hunts while intentionally making noise to scare deer. They wear bright colors and usually are singing or humming as they walk back and forth. They have even stopped to wave at the blind the hunter is sitting in. CO Schluckbier interviewed the couple accused of hunter harassment. They both admitted to intentionally interfering with the hunter's success. Both subjects were advised to stop the practice. A few days later the hunter called in another complaint for the same violation. CO Schluckbier was able to respond and catch the subjects in the act. The adult male was also found hunting without a license. Charges are being sought through the Allegan Prosecutor's Office.

CO Sam Schluckbier was patrolling Allegan County when he attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle suspected of dumping litter in the state game area. The driver fled and a pursuit ensued for several miles before he crashed into the woods. The driver was able to free the vehicle before he could be apprehended, and the pursuit continued with Allegan Sheriff deputies joining in. The driver failed to surrender even with heavy front-end damage to the vehicle which prevented him from going faster than 45 mph. The pursuit ended when the driver decided to drive off the roadway, through an unoccupied campground, and into Swan Lake. The driver attempted to flee by swimming away from law enforcement officers, but luckily, he was pulled from the water and brought safely to shore. CO Schluckbier lodged him in the Allegan County Jail for felony fleeing and eluding charges.

DISTRICT 8

CO John Byars responded to a large-scale accident in which a train traveling through Michigan State University and East Lansing caught a downed cable during a windstorm. The train dragged the cable breaking several poles and damaging other structures. CO Byars assisted in directing traffic away from the debris and downed powerlines.

CO Pete Purdy received a deer carcass dumping complaint with a kill-tag still attached to one of the carcasses. Upon contacting the owner of the tag, the individual advised they paid a subject $60 to process the deer. CO Purdy contacted the unlicensed deer processor who confessed he butchered four deer this year for $60 each. He failed to maintain any records of the deer brought to him and confessed he became impatient waiting for roadside garbage pickup, so he drove the four carcasses to a rural dirt road and dumped them in the ditch. The subject was issued a citation for littering and warned for violating multiple deer processing regulations. He volunteered to pick up the carcasses and properly dispose of them.

CO Thomas Jaakkola received information from CO Ed Rice about a subject in Jackson County CO Rice had already written a couple tickets to earlier in the season still hunting without a valid hunting license. CO Jaakkola checked the location and observed the subject hunting in a ladder stand with a long gun. When contacted and checked for a valid hunting license, the subject admitted to hunting and not having a license. The subject was cited again for hunting without a license.

COs Cullen Knoblauch and Thomas Jaakkola took part in 'Shop with a Cop' event in Jackson with multiple agencies and assisted a total of 12 children in shopping.

CO Ed Rice received information of a man in possession of a raccoon. CO Rice responded and questioned the man who stated he kept the raccoon for almost two years in an upstairs bedroom. CO Rice retrieved the raccoon and noted very unsanitary and unlivable conditions. CO Rice issued the man a citation for keeping wildlife without a permit.

DISTRICT 9

CO Martin Lawrence was dispatched to Canton High School to assist primary units on school "Lock Down" due to verbal threats. 

CO Martin Lawrence teamed up with CO Keven Luther to conduct a presentation at the Fly Fisherman's Club of Michigan. The COs had the opportunity to speak with and answer questions to over 30 anglers.

CO Tom Peterson responded to the active shooter situation that occurred at Oxford High School. The CO helped organize and document the students arriving from the high school at the Meijer store located off M 24 and Ray Road. CO Peterson took witness statements from multiple students and staff as well as provided security and support for the students and staff.

CO Tom Peterson received a complaint of a local trapper failing to check his foot hold traps every 24 hours. CO Peterson checked the trapper's line multiple times within a 72-hour period and located multiple animals that had failed to be removed and one was deceased. CO Peterson released the animals that could be released and seized the traps. The CO then contacted the trapper who failed to comment on the consistency of when he checked his traps. CO Peterson will be submitting charges to the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office.

CO Luke Robare was patrolling in Burton and noticed two males about to load a deer into the bed of a truck on the side of the road. CO Robare stopped and talked to the two individuals and determined that the deer was shot the day before, but it was gut shot and had run about half a mile before it died. CO Robare noticed that the suspect who stated that they had been the one who shot it had not tagged the deer yet. CO Robare identified the suspect and realized that it was the owner of a property that had been known to bait in the past. CO Robare went to the hunting site with the suspect and found about 50 pounds of carrots in front of the subject's blind. CO Robare seized the deer and will be pursuing charges for baiting, illegal take of a deer, and failing to immediately tag the deer.

COs Justin Muehlhauser and Luke Robare followed up with an individual regarding a bait pile in the city of Burton. CO Muehlhauser had been monitoring the site throughout the season but hadn't been able to catch the hunter in the field. The CO interviewed the property owner who provided the contact information for the hunter on his property. The COs arrived at the residence and interviewed the subject. The subject stated that he shot an 8-point at the location back in October. The COs questioned if that deer was shot at the bait site and the subject admitted to shooting the deer over bait. The COs questioned if any other deer were shot at the location, but the subject remained adamant that he did not take any other deer. However, he was unable to provide any of his unused tags for inspection. The subject stated that he took the 8-point antlers to a local taxidermist, and they were still there. The COs seized the antlers from the taxidermist. While talking to the owner of the business, he stated that the subject was bragging about shooting six deer when he dropped off the antlers. This of course peaked the COs curiosity. The COs then conducted a check at the local processor where the subject admitted to taking his deer. The COs found seven deer which were all dropped off by the subject. The COs then set out to reinterview the subject. The subject ultimately admitted to shooting all seven deer. All were taken over bait, three were tagged using someone else's tag and six out of the seven deer were antlered. The COs seized the subject's crossbow and approximately 150 pounds of meat were seized and donated to a local church. A case report will be presented to the prosecutor's office for charges. 

Sgt. Jason Becker responded to a RAP complaint that a duck was caught in something along the shoreline of an Oakland County Lake. Sgt. Becker responded to the location to find a foot hold trap that had been sprung and multiple others set near the water's edge. They had been set around a tree that had been chewed by beavers. None of the traps were tagged with the owner's name. Sgt. Becker contacted the homeowner who stated that he was trying to catch nuisance beavers. A license check revealed that he did not have a fur harvester license. Sgt. Becker issued the subject a citation for untagged traps and the subject agreed to remove all the traps.

Sgt. Jason Becker responded to a RAP complaint of a subject who had multiple illegal tree stands and bait in the Holly Recreation Area. After checking several baited locations and seven illegal stands on state land, Sgt. Becker followed illegal ORV tracks to a blind that had a large amount of sugar beets, carrots, and a mineral block as bait. Sgt. Becker contacted the hunter in the blind who was hunting with a muzzleloader over the bait. The subject exited the blind without any hunter orange. The subject admitted that all the illegal stands and the bait belonged to him. He also advised that he used his ORV on state land to place them. The subject was issued citations for hunting over bait and failing to wear hunter orange.

CO Bob Watson received a complaint of a hunter accessing state land through his own private property. The suspect had driven a tractor on state land to retrieve a deer he had shot, had failed to place his name and address on his tree stands which were located on state land, and one of the sites had bait placed under it, which the suspect claimed his friend had placed there. The site of the deer kill was investigated, and it was determined the deer was not shot over bait. The hunter received a citation for operating a motor vehicle (tractor) within the state recreation area.

CO Raymond Gardner investigated a dumped deer carcass complaint. While investigating the carcass, CO Gardner located an unvalidated kill-tag still attached to it. Using the kill-tag, CO Gardner was able to identify the suspect and contacted him. CO Gardner asked the suspect how he disposed of the deer carcass and was told that the suspect used the dumpster in the apartment complex. When CO Gardner asked why the suspect's kill-tag was found on a deer carcass on the side of the road, the suspect stated, "Because I just lied to you." The individual was issued a citation for littering and a warning was issued for the unvalidated kill-tag.

COs Kris Kiel and Brad Silorey responded to a complaint in St. Clair County of a subject observed walking out to go deer hunting without any hunter orange. The caller also stated that the suspect shot 30 minutes late, a week prior. When the COs arrived, they were unable to locate the subject, so they waited until he came out of the woods. The subject was contacted, without hunter orange, loaded after hours, and failed to disclose his CPL. The subject admitted he was "overdue" to receive tickets for all the safety violations. Citations were written for fail to wear hunter orange and loaded after hours.

COs Brad Silorey and Joe Deppen conducted a taxidermy inspection this week. The same taxidermist was given warnings two weeks prior for having incomplete records, untagged specimen, possession of waterfowl without a federal permit, and multiple other violations. None of the issues during the first visit were fixed, and the taxidermist stated he was "too busy" to make the corrections he was told to make. The taxidermist was cited for incomplete record keeping and untagged specimens.

CO Joseph Deppen followed up on a baiting complaint in Macomb County. CO Deppen found the bait pile earlier in the season but could never find the hunter hunting over it. CO Deppen learned the hunter shot an 8-point buck over the bait soon before CO Deppen arrived on scene earlier in the season. CO Deppen went to the suspect's house. The suspect admitted to shooting the deer over the bait, but proclaimed, "It's not my bait, I just hunted over it." The suspect's firearm, deer meat, and rack were confiscated. Charges are being sought through the prosecutor's office.

CO Joseph Deppen got the data back from a cell phone search warrant of a suspected deer poaching case. Multiple charges are being sought for at least three illegal bucks taken during the 2021 hunting season. The suspect is facing charges of baiting, fail to tag, improper transport, over-limit of bucks, and recreational trespass.

COs Joseph Deppen and Brad Silorey responded to a safety zone complaint in Macomb County. The COs arrived on scene to find two duck hunters shooting ducks within the safety zone. Both hunters were written citations for hunting within the safety zone.

CO Jaime Salisbury was invited to participate in the Lapeer County Deputy's Association 'Shop with a Cop' event. During the event, CO Salisbury was assigned a child and given a budget of $125 to shop at Walmart. CO Salisbury assisted the child and loading up a shopping cart full of toys and other needed items picked out by the child.

CO Nicholas Ingersoll assisted on an interview of a deer that was taken without a license in Gladwin County. A full confession was obtained, and the deer was seized. CO Ingersoll is submitting the report and asking for charges for taking the deer without a license through the Gladwin County Prosecutor's Office.

GREAT LAKES ENFORCEMENT UNIT (GLEU)

Cpl. Mike Hammill contacted a muzzleloader hunter who was sitting approximately 40 minutes after the close of Hunting hours.  The muzzleloader wasn't loaded at the time of contact and the hunter explained he couldn't leave his blind because of all the does in front of him.

Cpl. Troy VanGelderen received a call of an injured Barred Owl that had gotten hit by a vehicle.  Since no other CO in Oceana County was in-service, Cpl. Van Gelderen picked up the owl and delivered it to an employee from Wildlife Rehab Center in Grand Rapids.

Cpl. Troy VanGelderen had a snowmobile cross the road in front of him in Oceana County, when there was not even an inch of snow on the ground.  Cpl. Van Gelderen caught up to the snowmobile at a crossroad a few miles away.  The operator of the snowmobile had a suspended driver's license, had 5 warrants for his arrest, had not transferred the title for the snowmobile he had purchased, and did not have a current Trail Permit.  Enforcement action was taken.  

Cpl. Kevin Postma assisted D2 officers with working a trespass complaint.  Several hunters were educated about hunting roadways.

Cpl. Kevin Postma checked three state licensed fishermen braving icy waters of Lake Superior with their limit of walleye.

Lt. Mike Feagan, Acting Lt. Nick Torsky, and Cpl. Pat Hartsig attended the annual meeting of the Michigan Invasive Species Program. This meeting of staff from all Departments and Divisions involved in the program provides an opportunity for a review of past activities and planning and alignment of the next year's programs.