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Completed Lifetime License investigation, met with a landowner that had a calf killed, attended night range, did K-9 training and checked bird hunters.
Attended firearms training night shoot in sub zero weather, not sure how smart that was!. Attended operational drowning debrief at County S.O. Worked Monster Buck Classic on Saturday with K9. Had a huge turnout with lots of questions and frustrated sportsman with the lack of deer and other wildlife.
Antlered deer checked into locker last day of season. Not many waterfowl hunters but some encountered problem, required stamps no longer available from some vendors, maybe available online. Attended night shoot, too cold for me. Large crowd for awesome We Are Kansas Monster Buck Classic exhibition. Assisted medical staff evacuate hunter that had fallen taking down tree stand, likely broken leg or ankle. Inspected a falconry facility. Bald eagle call referred to Wildlife division.
Had the weekend and holiday off. Delivered PWC simulator trailer to Regional office and attended a very cold night at the range. Had a debriefing meeting at SO for all involved in the drowning recovery. Worked the boat/outdoor show and fielded many "where are all the deer" questions. Attempted to tag a frozen cat.
Started the week preparing for pre-trial that was waved one hour before scheduled time. Met with landowner claiming his 150 pound calf was killed and totally eaten by a cougar in one night, I don’t think so. Looked for duck hunters – no ducks, no hunters. Attended a cold night shoot on Wednesday. Finished the week assisting in the rescue of a dog that had fallen through ice about 50 yards from shore along the River. Tried the method used to rescue deer, ice would not support weight of canoe so we had to break ice the entire way. Dog and family united, all went well.
This week I worked on administrative tasks, set up for the BBC, attended range??? and checked a few hunters.
Antlerless selective to close out another deer season. Unfortunately, neither the hunters or the deer got the memo to come out and participate. Had a health assessment and attended firearms this week.
Selective along the KS River, checking a couple trappers and waterfowl hunters. Recovered a dead barred owl that had been reportedly shot. Assisted SO's at a residence where the subject fired a couple shots towards his ex-girlfriend/neighbor. Attended weapons shoot/hypothermia training... Worked on KLER and admin reports. Assisted with a training boat. Patrolled around wildlife area. Responded to a call regarding three juvenile females playing on the ice.
Sunday patrolled around my county was called two different times to have bobcats tagged at my local fur buyer. For some reason people decide it is easier to wait until they get to the local fur buyer, then have the fur buyer call. Luckily the first time I was not busy so made a trip across the county to tag a couple cats. Second time made the guy meet me half way. Ended the afternoon arguing with a old lady that said she was going to shoot the bald eagle that was after her chickens. She asked my permission and when I advised her that I could not give her permission and that she was not allowed to kill them, she advised she was going to anyway since they were "destroying her property" She advised she would give me a call if she had to do it.. Monday I was off. Tuesday and Wednesday worked on boating stuff patrolled a little and finished up a few things. Thursday and Friday I was off. Saturday dealt with a guy that had caught a woodpecker in a rat snap trap in his yard then used it for bait in a untagged live trap out in the country. This guy broke every law you can think of.
Sunday patrolled checking a few coyote hunters. Wednesday went to pick up jet ski simulator. Had a night shoot which was pointless! Thursday helped serve a search warrant on some people that have caused problems in the area for some time. Saturday worked in the office and worked the booth at the Buck Classic. Yes, got the same questions about mountain lions and where are all the deer!
This week I looked for people duck and deer hunting and not finding many. Took the new air boat to have some extra poly installed of the outer hull and to have a loaner pair of propellers installed until UPS can find our old set or until we buy another set. Helped set up a display for the Monster Buck Classic on Fri. and worked it that night. Worked the Boat and Outdoor show on Sat.
Looked for waterfowl hunters on Sunday. Monday Holiday. Tuesday went to night shoot. Friday recorded radio show and went to check river, which had too much ice for a boat to get out on. Saturday routine patrol not finding much.
Attended firearms training. Logged in new evidence from a recent deer case. Responded to a call of dump geese by a house. Gave an interview to a Boy Scout about "The Game Warden profession". Patrolled for goose and duck hunters.
General office and patrol. Served an NTA for Officer out west. Short week with holiday and annual leave day. Cited and released subject hunting deer closed season, shot opossum no furharvester license repeat offender. Worked the sports show. Went to train the trainer .
Enjoyed an extra day off for the holiday. Attended a cold night shoot. Assisted districts with search warrant. Off on 4 day.
Truck in to fix flat tire and oil change. Worked sport show Friday and Saturday. Patrolled area checking a few licenses.
Off beginning of week. Wednesday, attended night shoot. Gained experience shooting with 40 mph winds and frozen hands. Thursday, worked on paperwork and tagged cats. Friday and Saturday, general patrol and phone calls, tagged cats, dropped off schedule to dispatch and informed them of training next week, and made travel preparations.
Off on the Holiday. Participated in a long cold day/night at range. Worked on the latest version of the PMP’s and sent out to Officers. Worked on Stat Reports. Returned evidence from a spot light case. Checked a couple of hunters at Hillsdale.
Tuesday patrolled Counties. Met with Area Managers. Wednesday tagged bobcat, then patrolled for hunters and anglers. Thursday checked two trappers in County. Patrolled again around reservoir for activity then had truck serviced, oil changed in the late afternoon. Patrolled for waterfowlers just at dark. Days off Friday to Monday.
Last week I was off on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday office and patrol finding few out. On Saturday I prepared for my trip for training as well as cleaning/organizing truck and other various activities. On Sunday I enjoyed some quality bonding time with fellow officers on the long drive to training.
Spent couple days in the hospital with my 3 yr old from sickness. Worked around the county checking coyote hunters, duck hunters and goose hunters. All were having some luck.
Monday through Friday: performed administrative/clerical duties; processed KLER reports; continued work on a training outline; worked in the Regional Office; and Performance Management Process Objective Tasks. Saturday worked hunters, anglers, and wood cutters at reservoir. Sunday investigated a report of a deer carcass tied to a field gate in the County; worked waterfowl and coyote hunters in County; investigated a report of poisoning of animals on the northern edge of reservoir, which ended up being 5 opossums that a trapper disposed of after trapping; and worked waterfowl hunters and anglers at reservoir. Violations encountered: no 2014 hunting license x4, no state waterfowl stamp, no federal waterfowl stamp, no harvest information program stamp, criminal hunting, no wood cutting permit, and no 2014 fishing license.
Thursday morning I had court, and it was a big success. General patrol Thursday and Friday,not finding much. Saturday wondered down to Lake, checked a bunch of duck hunters, a few boat checks and even found an angler out. Was called out that night on ‘coon hunter trespassing, turned out he had permission but drove onto the property unexpectedly. Sunday drove to Waco, Tx for boat accident investigation training.
K9 training. Worked on cases. Maintenance. Picked up supplies. Met with officer about carcass disposal site. Patrol. Assisted with warrants and provided standby K9 if needed.
This week helped with search warrant in County, worked on complaint from landowner, patrolled river for waterfowl hunters and armored more Glocks.
Sunday, Mon. & Tues. off. Wed finished writing two search warrants and took them in for review from the CA and then got them signed by the judge. Met SO regarding the searches. Thursday served the search warrants. Recovered numerous items from both searches, including untagged antlers, a poached antelope, duplicated permits, a stolen firearm and stolen game cams and tree stands. Interviewed suspect and his associate guide girlfriend. Friday finished the return, stored some of the evidence and reviewed some of it. I took cell phones to have data recovered. Suspect called me to confess to more things and gave me another poached antelope head, and I returned his cell phone. Saturday worked a short day Sunday handled a goose hunting call, returned last cell phone and received more info. Handled a call on coyotes. Prepared for water training. A very big thank you to all 25 KDWPT and SO officers who participated in both searches.
I patrolled looking for people out and only found bird watchers watching the eagles at SFL. Friday did a falconry inspection before driving to the boat show. Worked that two days and ended the week patrolling in the beautiful weather.
CRO, Monday minutes, timesheets, email, approve KLER reports, update out of area report, time sheet, other office paperwork, helped with search warrant in CO and crew, worked the LE booth at the Big Buck show, picked up a sick eagle and relayed to rehab.
Worked most of this week looking for the last of the die hard duck hunters and goose hunters. Do not know where the ducks disappeared to but the ones around here have been shot at and saw every robo duck made. The hunting success has been limited. Watched some ducks in a corn field, and as soon as I stopped the truck they came to attention and then were airborne. Goose hunting was just about the same. Worked in the office to pick up the jet ski simulator. Gathered up materials for the boat and sport show. Had a booth at the sport show. Attendance was not like years in the past. It was poorly advertised and with the nice day I assume everyone was out enjoying the sunshine and being outdoors. Getting stuff together for the Phase III training.
Turned in tickets and completed KLER. Checked some waterfowl hunters on reservoir when the wind was blowing 30 mph with 45 mph gusts. Needless to say they didn't think it was a brilliant idea. Went over regulation and statute regarding the use of night vision and thermal scopes when hunting coyotes with a gentleman. He eventually understood and read the reg. which showed he could not use. Assisted with a program at the sport show. Off to TX for a week of training.
Activity slow due to weather. Picked up over the weekend with warmer weather. Fishing was fair with white bass and a few crappie being caught. A few duck hunters out for last go round but not finding many ducks did seen a few geese taken.
Traveled to RO to drop off paper work and pick up some ink cartridges. Worked Boat show on Saturday afternoon. Patrolled finding a non resident without a fishing license. I caught up with some people off roading on the wildlife area. Turned out to be a suspect I have written before. This makes his third go around so I gave him five reason's to go to court and not to make it a fourth.
This week I followed up and got one unfounded tip on 14 deer carcasses that were dumped late last week. I checked out some geese carcasses that were dumped in another creek. Continued investigations and worked in the office. I also worked the Monster Buck Classic. I found a couple suspicious deer but didn't make anything of them. The deer I was hoping to see never showed up.
Patrolled around the county not finding anyone out. Spoke with a couple deputies about issues they've encountered. Took the patrol truck in for more service after the check engine light came back on. Turned in NTAs. Helped with a search warrant. Worked the Monster Classic and then the Boat Show. I did give out hundreds of packets of Kansas Sunflower Seeds. Boat Show was better. I handed out the coveted KDWPT ice scrapers and magic pencils. Got some thank yous and of course the mountain lion questions as well as wolf questions. Still some seniors upset about having to buy a license. They didn't really have a good answer when I asked how they could afford to pay $10 entrance fee to the show but could not afford a license that is good all year long.
Set up a bow hunter ed class for March 1
. Had court on the spot lighting case from the 1
night flight. Found guilty on all counts and here is a first. The county attorney within an hour of our case being over went on his face book page and wrote a commending piece to KDWP&T Officers for their work in this issue. Patrolled over the weekend. Everything but the river is still frozen so very little was happening. Only 4 vehicles in WA Sunday morning the last day of duck season. Cougar mania abounds in my area. Met with a landowner who is fairly certain he saw a cougar last Sunday. Of course he didn’t report it till Tuesday. Wednesday after court I hung a trail cam in the area he reported it to be. Checked it once, nothing but deer pictures so far.
Tagged Cats, investigated off road driving complaint at reservoir, used comp timed rest of week.
Last week was busy with trying to work on cases from the hunting season, working with CA's, and on Hunter Ed coming up in March.
Assisted with training new officer on the range and getting him CPOST qualified.
Worked on some inventory and clothing items for district Officers; paperwork such as travel voucher, training report, and info for Pratt by deadline.
Patrol early in the week. Worked boat show a couple days. Then returned home to assist with suicidal individual Friday night. Saturday met with SO and gathered info on recent thefts in county.
On Monday I participated in an active shooter training with the CO SO and the teachers and staff of USD. On Tuesday I traveled to inventory the boathouse boats for LT. On Wednesday I inspected a game breeder and picked up a boat at KCOM. I utilized comp time for the remainder of the week.
Patrolled. Had vehicle worked on. Met with landowner concerning wildlife complaints. Tagged bobcats and returned seized evidence from case to final suspect. Worked on my inventory and paperwork for inert OC order.
Worked on case from rifle season doing another interview and got a little closer to the truth. Patrolled. Had to take sick leave over the weekend.
Tagged cats throughout the week. Worked last round of duck hunters with activity slowing down greatly. Updated dispos and created an excessive workload for my favorite Pratt ladies! Took complaint call of pheasant hunters observed in the WL refuge but determined it was one of the special youth hunts before I wasted gas responding. Saturday I got called out by dispatch for deer stuck in ice on a pond. I believe the property owners attempted to pull the deer out of the ice with some type of machinery and broke off two of its legs. It was painful watching it try to run off on stubs. I put the deer down with several shots and delivered it to a family on my Wardens That Feed list.
Patrolled early in the week for duck and goose hunters without seeing much due to the nice weather. Later in the week attended the Sport show and worked booth. Answered calls and email upon my return to home base.
Tagged a few cats. Visited with landowner who has concerns about bonfires on the river next to his property. Worked on KLER reports. Worked on schedule and the boating inventory. Visited with bird watcher about roadrunners in the area that she had seen. General office.
Helped Co SO, PD and KHP with man hunt, checked goose and duck hunters, tagged bobcats and worked in office.
Tagged cats. Checked fishermen and hunters.. Investigations. Calls on waterfowl and pheasant hunting.
Continued working investigations and following up on cases. Received call of people hunting on ground they did not have permission. Ended up catching individuals we have been watching for awhile, criminal hunting and no hunting licenses. KLER reports. General Office work.
Busy week chased a few wanted criminals around with the SO on Sunday. Ended up spiking their tires outside city (passed me at a 150 mph took the ditch avoid minor collision with their mustang) and chasing them around my neighborhood for about 6 hours and finally catching them. The lads almost won.....Fun in the big city. Tagging more cats. Had a call on 2 owls that were hung in a fence shot a deer that was crippled. Pulled batteries and charged them and put in shed for the time being. Checked a few hunting geese and chasing ducks still on the river be glad when they slow down on the ducks.
Reviewed activity and KLER reports and worked on various other office tasks. Picked up and delivered some uniform items for one of Lt's new guys. Found a fair number of hunters out and checked some trout fishermen. Worked on an illegal trapping complaint involving several landowners and tenants after a hunter had one of his dogs caught.
Checked a few trout fishermen. Tagged a few cats. Worked in office. Trying to get 800 radios to work.
Tagged bobcats, falconry inspection, office work, reports, some patrol finding a few rabbit and bird hunters out.
K9 training and drove home for break.
Checking a few goose hunters and allot of trout fisherman. Sat. checked 52 fisherman at Co Park packed into the open water. Parked and walked down one side and end all had new licenses and permits and each fisherman has 2 to 3 trout. Getting ready for starting of level III training this week.
Checked waterfowl hunters, follow up on cases, office work, nuisance wildlife complaints, received info concerning shooting from the road on the last day of the doe season with very little follow up info, follow up with landowners, burned a little comp time. Off for long weekend.
Filed tickets, finished KLER Reports, patrolled. Did a program for a local Boy Scout group. Took a couple of comp days.
Conducted a falconry permit inspection. General patrol. Visited with the county attorney about a case. Made a trip to the Pratt office to trade out work laptops, pick up a Hunter Ed projector for the local HE coordinator, and get some supplies for the KDWPT booth at some upcoming local gun shows. Spent some time in the office working on paperwork, emails, and trying to plan for upcoming events.
Office. Hauled boat to have 800 radio installed. Tagged cats. Got dispositions on cases from deer season. Fielded phone calls about possible mountain lion sighting
Checked fisherman, had truck tires rotated and brakes worked on. Check out a potential spot for 5-state with the Lt. Office work on upcoming court cases.
Checked some fishermen and goose hunters. Worked on schedule, and KLER. Got clothing orders. Worked on ongoing case. Trained new officer on time sheets, OT reports, SMART, and Health& Safety training task. Cleaned out vehicle.
Took phase III training and assisted with training, tagged cats, worked on investigation, office and reports.
Office work, tagged cats and swift foxes, met with Judge, a little patrol, comp time taken.
Last week was busy with investigations, paperwork, phone calls, meeting with CA's, and tagging K-9s and cats. Violations dealt with, No Fur-harvesters license.
Had court cancelled last minute due to plea agreement being worked out; worked on another report for CA; went for phase III in-service training; meeting with Capt.
Attended training in Lincoln, NE and caught up with office work. Off on 4-day
Tagged cats. Checked goose hunters, trappers, and coyote hunters. Was able to conduct a couple of interviews and finish up some cases.
Attended train the trainer session for boating in service. Finished training and drove to Lincoln, NE for FLETC Interview training. Attended training and returned home for long weekend.
Spent most of the week enjoying some leave days and tagging b-cats.
On Monday and Wednesday I participated in the pool training. On Friday I had a couple of programs at the high schools and the remainder of the week I patrolled my district.
Met with PL and toured the wildlife area. Worked with Healthquest getting in my points. General patrol and tagging cats
Still tagging a few cats. Checked some coyote hunters. Reviewed KLER reports and other general office work.
Tagged bobcats, made another deer case on Tuesday (spotlighting and taking of a deer in county), went to Pratt office to take care of some paper work and checked goose hunters.
Checked fishermen and hunters. Had 2 guys that got 3 roosters on last day on walk-in hunting in 1 field, told them congrats!!!!! Goose hunters doing fair, with a good number of birds around. Helped Nebraska Feds on a case. Thanks to all my buddies that have been calling me.
Filed tickets and completed KLER reports, took evidence to regional office. Attended Advanced Interview Techniques training in Nebraska rest of the week.
Worked area for goose hunters, still having a little luck if the wind is blowing. Had a complaint of a person shooting deer at night interviewed him and he confessed. Shot a doe on Tues. night with a 243 the rifle. The scope had a lighted reticle that was enhanced by a green light that was mounted to the top of the scope very impressive good set up for killing things at night. Wrote some citations and gathered evidence. Worked on life time invest. lic.. The critters are back on the move had several complaints. Still tagging allot of cats.
Trespass complaints seem to be getting more and more complicated. Spent considerable time investigating one in western county that involved a hunting dog in a leg hold trap, a land owner from Texas, a landowner, a lessee, three local outfitters/care takers, a local with a lease for grass, a local trapper and an unmarked property line. And of course ended up with nothing. Worked another trespass complaint involving a guide whom was written last year but this time it turned out that the guide did have permission and the complainant didn't. Went to RO and worked on various office projects. Checked a few bird hunters. Had to use some family sick leave and was off over the weekend.
Tagged a few cats. Drove around and looked for someone fishing found very little activity. Off this weekend.
Burned some comp and completing assigned K9 training homework from Indiana. So far we are up to 3/4 mile tracks 6 hours old with articles on the tracks and dog is doing very well.
NASBLA boat collision accident investigation training in Waco, TX.
Started phase III training this week at pool on Monday and Wednesday. Had repairs on truck replacing ball joints and getting front end aligned. Tagged cats this week-end and taking some call in the county.
Attended pool training on Monday. Went to district meeting on Tuesday and armored guns and replaced some parts. Went back to pool training on Wednesday. Tagged a few cats, got called to an area north for illegal traps that were set. Had calls about coyotes attacking pets.
Went to train the trainer, Nebraska for training, and checked a few die hard guys trying to kill the last few birds on the closing day.
Pool training 2 days pretty much burnt up most of the week. Served some tickets.
Patrol. District meeting. Office. Selective on trout fisherman turned out well.
Patrol. District Meeting. Cleaned out patrol vehicle. Office. Worked trout anglers. Tagged cats. Reviewed material for meeting next week.
Checked several fishermen enjoying the warmer weather last weekend. The next day patrolled in the snow for coyote hunters. Attended a district meeting. Tagged a bobcat and some swift foxes. Served a Criminal Hunting NTA for a trespassing case.
Patrol, evidence cleanup. District meeting. Got diesel truck serviced. Calibrated PBT. Organized drowning. Good training. Talked to OK wardens at meeting. Tagged cats.
This last week I checked a few bird hunters, tagged bobcats, did K-9 training, repaired K-9 kennel and worked on a case.
Finished and sent reports hunting accident, audit request. Request by local student with aspiration to become Game Warden. Planned for several training opportunities and other road trips in next few months. Coordination of seasons Boating Ed. courses with efforts to recruit instructors, especially hoping to find interest from information and education section to participate.
Worked the last day of the Buck Classic in Topeka and helped take display down. Fielded a call from Ft. Riley Wardens about violator. Traveled for Honor Guard posting colors for the KRPA conference. Spent time on phone with someone in who knows what country dealing with printer issues. Distributed drowning photos and worked on reports. Had annual feedback with my LT, here for another year.
Took what calls for service that came in: dog caught in snare – of course there was no tag and no other snares in the area -, two bucks with locked antlers – one dead and the other one dead when I left, Texas resident who thinks since he owns 200 acres of Kansas property and a house he deserves a Kansas resident license ( I don’t think so ). Finished evaluation process, finally. Patrol yielded few contacts, even after 4 inches of new snow on Friday night. Finished boat inventory update for Major. Picked up a 5A Jon boat from mechanics and delivered another for service work.
This week I worked the big buck classic on Sunday, answering mostly questions about our deer herd, mountain lions, bears, and the best tourists locations to visit in the state, the best restaurants and night life and most scenic drives. Maybe phase 4 training will cover this. I returned items to the Secretaries office from the weekend. Completed some office tasks. Dealt with a seized deer head by the S.O. Checked a few coyote callers over the weekend.
Tagged cats and carcass tagged another couple of found bucks this week. Coyote wagons running hard again after 4 inches of new snow breathed life back into them.
Investigated a report of some dumped deer carcasses on USACE property. Attended the pool training. Received a call regarding past trespassing activity on an abandoned piece of property. Assisted the marina with a sailboat in their storage lot. Investigated a report of dumped items in a creek. Met with a subject regarding a bobcat he killed on his parent's property. Worked on admin reports.
Sunday patrolled around the county, spent part of the morning watching the coyote hunters since they were close to a walk in property that I had heard they had been driving on. After a little time I heard them tell everyone to pack up and move 10 miles south, since they must not be wanted at their current location. In the evening prepared for Mondays pool training. Monday up bright and early. Drove to participate in the pool training exercises then drove home afterwards, long day. Tuesday shortened my day patrolling around the county. Wednesday back for another day of training. Thursday and Friday I was off. Saturday had to take off due to overage on hours earlier in the week.
Sunday worked in office, set up some cameras, washed truck and patrolled. Monday patrolled. Thursday I went and pulled a doe off the top of a big round bale over in Co. They wanted everyone to see the prize they killed! Friday patrolled not finding much. Saturday tried to track down some individuals, but no one was home. Worked in office and patrolled.
I patrolled some in Co. looking for people hunting. I picked up the airboat after some additional poly was installed in it and I attended advanced interview training in Lincoln NE.
Cleaned patrol truck. Collected and logged in evidence. Took some antlers to be scored for a case. Used some vacation leave. Checked some goose hunters. Responded to a call of several vehicles chasing deer.
Attended boat accident investigation training in Waco, Texas.
Replaced bulb in tail-light on patrol truck. Assisted DGSO with stolen boat report. Pulled everything out of patrol truck and cleaned the inside. Checked on suspicious vehicle on wildlife area. Took photos of patrol boat for state audit. Delivered fishing regs. Received report of coy-wolf in downtown Lawrence at a local grocery store...(Thank You PBS!) Listened for coyote hunters not hearing much activity. Worked late season goose hunters.
Office Stuff. Attended Phase III training. Not much going on with the ICE we had in the area. Meet with Officer and checked in his inventory, wish him luck with his new career.
Day off last Monday. Returned several phone calls then to have two tires installed and one flat tire repaired. Patrol back through County, reservoir and neighboring County. Wednesday patrol in the morning then took truck to Chevy dealership to have new AC belt and leaking transmission fluid line replace. Thursday and Friday patrol for last of quail hunters. Saturday looked for goose hunters and anglers and Sunday did the same in other Counties. Check Rabbit hunters and anglers at reservoir, but found little activity elsewhere.
Last week on Monday through Friday I was at NASBLA training in Waco Texas. On Saturday I was off. On Sunday I patrolled for goose hunters in the morning finding none out and in the afternoon I performed a falconry inspection.
Worked in the office. Took computer to Pratt to have it worked on and fixed. Worked around the county, finding very little. Tagged bobcats. Worked on time sheets and end of month paperwork.
I turned in reports to my county attorney this week. I traveled this week to perform honor guard duties. I completed and submitted the January deer survey. This week I checked some ice fisherman with most not having any luck.
Monday through Friday: performed administrative/clerical duties; composed and processed KLER reports; filed NTA with District Court; worked in the Regional Office; had the patrol vehicle serviced; sent out tentative 28-day work schedule; and attended Phase III of Annual In-service training. Saturday worked goose hunters at reservoir, with several flocks of Canada Geese in the area. Sunday patrolled for hunters in Counties.
Monday through Thursday had Boat Accident Investigation classes in Waco, Tx, which were very informative and I learned a lot about boat accident investigation. Friday drove back from Waco. Off Saturday. Off Sunday, but got called out to a deer which I believe was struck by a vehicle and office work. Glad to be back in Kansas!
K9 training. Track, search, and detection. K-9 doing very well on paddlefish roe with addition of negatives. Picked up supplies for building new scratch boxes. Caught up on paperwork / calls from 4 day. Patrolled for goose hunters. Seeing a few more geese with cold front, but everything is extremely skittish thanks to all of the new hunters Duck Dynasty created. A lot of the regular hunters just gave up and decided not to compete with the new people for space.
Guessing there will be a lot of used decoys, etc for sale in the next year or two when people realize its not as easy as the television makes it seem. Worked on a couple deer investigations. Rescued a deer with a snare around her neck. Chalk one up for the wildlife. Tracked down subject and had a long discussion. Turns out he was running snares in about the most ethical way possible, and still managed to get a deer around the neck. Tagged cats. Received questions about otters. Scanner. A little angler patrol, no ice fishermen detected locally. Some furharvester patrol, most people have pulled traps due to inclement weather. Assisted local SO with several accidents when the ice hit, including a two semi head-on with a small car somewhere in the middle on a river bridge. Amazingly, one had a banged up arm, and that was it. After jumping from wreck to wreck I decided to grab a bite to eat at the house. Dispatch called out four more wrecks in one minute. Started truck to back out and lost power steering. Serpentine belt broke. Bought belt in morning and installed it. Patrolled a little in the ice and realized no one was out. Checked an area where a poacher had been trespassing. Seems like the court proceedings might have educated him to stay away. Spoke with CA about a case. Timesheet, vehicle log, minutes. Going to see if anyone is out.
Monday was a sick day this week. Tuesday was normal day off. Wednesday worked on Glocks and picked up fishing regulations. Thursday patrolled in County while Officer truck was at KA-COM. Friday found two quail hunters chasing birds on the last day. They had three birds in their possession. Looked into a subject buying corn at the COOP. Just filling feeders for the deer and turkey. Saturday helped county with roll-over accident and looked for hunters. Sunday patrolled around reservoir, not much activity. I did check two trout anglers. The trout were delivered this week.
Monday assisted with pool training. Tuesday worked on Outfitters data from the search warrants. Wednesday assisted with the pool training. Thurs and Friday off, but spent both days going through data from search warrants. Saturday, more of the same and tried to interview witness/suspect, but individual was out of town. Went to the suspects lodge to pick up written statements, but suspect decided to lawyer up. Sunday finally interviewed witness/suspect and received cooperation and more info on poaching and thefts.
I helped with Phase III training the first half of the week. The second half of the week patrolled my areas and worked in the office. Off on sick leave Sunday.
Worked at the CRO one day doing usual weekly duties including Monday minutes, KLER approvals, out of area reports, vehicle logs, transfer Bald Eagle to rehab died later from suspected lead poisoning, Honor Guard duties for KPRA opening ceremony, attended phase III in-service pool training at College, patrolled area lakes, worked the Kansas boating booth at the Tulsa Boat Show.
Attended boat accident investigation training in Waco, TX. Very informative and made some good contacts.
Worked this week involved in the Phase III training. Patrolled some of area counties. Worked in the office on monthly reports. Tagged bobcats and otter over the weekend.
Activity slow due to weather, finding a few goose hunters. Tagged cats and otters. Trapping slow also compared to years past. Showed another officer around the area today. Still lots of ice and expecting big snow on Tuesday.
Worked Boat Show on Sunday. Switched out my old patrol truck for the old blue patrol truck in EO. R.I.P Plum Crazy Purple. Went to Tulsa and worked the Sports Show. Way bigger than KC's. The Tulsa Show's motto should have been "If it’s free take three." Just so everyone knows, Affliction Apparel is still a popular clothing choice in Tulsa OK. Most common questions/comments heard: 1) Where are all the pheasants and can you stock them so we can shoot our limits again? 2) Kansas has lakes? 3) How can I go up to Kansas and kill a trophy deer on public land? 4) Why is Kansas at the OK Sport Show? And finally 5) is this free? It was still fun and we passed out a lot of info and answered tons of questions.
I am spending a lot of hours on one investigation. Thursday I made a significant break in the case. I did some other paperwork and took some violation reports along the way. I had my 4 day this week.
This week dropped off tickets to court. Had new wipers put on patrol truck. Visited with retired warden from my county on similar problems we had in common when he worked the job. Worked a headless deer call that was reported by a landowner that chased the suspect vehicle. Collected some evidence and attempted to track down suspect vehicle from Oklahoma. Will work on it more this week. Assisted PD with an arrest of a disorderly individual.
Went to Sterling for the swim test and survived! Checking the trail cam I put out last week at the reported cougar sighting. So far only deer pictures on it. On 4-day weekend.
Office work and attendance at the In-Service training. All was OK until about 1:00 oclock pm when I gave a wide leg kick to get through the cage underwater and felt something POP, deeply in the groin area. The rest of the afternoon was spent setting on a chair after finally getting changed from the wet uniform to my go home dry clothes. After a day of sick leave and mucho denaro pain killers of different varieties I was able to return to work on Friday all day, without severe pain. Older may imply wiser, but not always better.