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This last week I used annual leave, check predator hunters and assisted with someone stuck in the snow on the Wildlife Area.
Tagged a few cats and did a little patrol between snow storms. Still no activity. Finally completed a little K-9 training.
Called out on trespass complaint where landowner discovered unknown chain/locks on opposite sides of his gates. Conducted rehab inspection at the Nature Center, patrol, completed monthly reports, and worked in the office. Watched it snow. Returned a firearm from a 2013 case to owner per court order. His first deer hunting experience ever didn't turn out so well. Tagged a few cats.
Used some sick leave for the week and enjoyed a four day weekend, surplus of snow. Planned for training, met with student for a senior project toward becoming game warden.
Tagged a couple cats. Did some prep for career day in local school but when it snowed for two day all school closed for 3, career day postponed. When I could get out snow was too deep and patrol was limited.
Completed the normal administrative tasks (timesheet, KLER, Schedule). Completed the department deer survey, completed a rehab permit/inspection, checked a few hunters. Used a couple of days of comp time.
Spent a little more time in the office this week as 10 inches of blowing snow tends to plug up a lot of roads. Tagged a handful of cats and provided another salvage tag for another dandy buck likely taken by EHD.
Used a Comp day. Attended the pool training in Hays. Completed the January deer survey and vehicle report. Patrolled around WA and Lake. Followed a tractor-trailer w/out tail-lights for a few miles before KHP was able to put it out of commission for the night. Observed a truck stuck on a steep bank after it took a short-cut out of a cemetery. Notified PD and a KHP Trooper ended up making a DUI arrest on the driver. Tagged some bobcats for a couple subjects. Checked a couple ice anglers. Received a call from a subject that wanted to know what time sunset was on November 14th. He reportedly killed a buck that day and it may have been after legal hours. Assisted SO's with a child custody dispute/criminal threats case. Helped push a vehicle that had gotten stuck in the snow.
Sunday patrolled around the county. Ended up checking one whole group of coyote wagons. One gentlemen that was 72 years old was given a warning for not having a hunting license and was sent to town to get one. Picked up an injured bald eagle and shuffled it to the wildlife rehab lady. Monday did a little more patrol, before the big storm was suppose to come in. Tuesday patrolled for a while until snow was coming down hard enough that is was making it hard to get around. Wednesday worked in the office. Thursday was suppose to go for training but weather hindered the drive. Ended up making a trip and finalized the plans for next weeks training. Sent out a email to everyone about the upcoming training. Friday I was off but spent more time working on upcoming training. Saturday I was off.
Sunday patrolled and helped interviewing a individual. Monday through Wednesday spent in the office. Thursday patrolled and tag some cats.
This week I patrolled some in SN Co., took a live trap to city so they could try to catch a problem coyote, took a rifle back to an individual after the court ordered it returned and I worked in my office a couple of days while the vast majority of the department was able to have a two day vacation due to inclement weather.
Worked in the office. Tagged cats. Managed to find coyote hunters and some ice fishermen to check.
Slow week with the winter weather. Assisting with a lifetime license investigation. Completed some office work.
This week, completed doe survey, vehicle log, expense reports, OT reports, etc. Worked on lifetime investigation. Received OGT about coyote dogs that got caught in traps. Still tracking down trapper. Tagged a few cats and made plans for more next week.
Received report in reference to a tree stand on City Park Property, pulled tree stand with assistance from PD. Patrolled around county during snow storm. Responded to trespassing complaint with Sheriff's Department, suspect thought his cousin’s permission covered him, landowner wanted him removed, and suspect was in possession of dead raccoon without a fur harvester license. Some ice anglers attempting their luck through the ice, reporting about 6-9 inches on reservoir.
Short week. Went for phase III training. General office. Oil change. Tagged a Bobcat. Snow.
Worked on Voucher, and BPC stuff. Spent some time at the district Office. Picked up tires that had been ordered for work truck. Re-routed a deceased hawk call at the area plant. Took a day of leave, received a lot of snow, worked around State Lake, and reservoir.
Last Monday patrolled and worked on ongoing investigation of hunter trespass that occurred during deer season. Went to State University Admissions office to verify if the suspect was entitled to resident licenses and deer permits for 2012 and 2013 as a full time college student. Stopped by the district office to pick up Bobcat jaw envelopes. Tuesday some patrol before the snowfall hit. Wednesday office work with 10-12 inches of snow and wind chills of -0. Contacted Oklahoma Game Warden to do a drive by to see if my trespass suspect from Oklahoma was back at the his residence listed on his vehicle 28. Days off Thursday and Friday. Saturday and Sunday patrolled for last weekend Canada Goose hunters and anglers. Found several groups of hunters issuing 1 warning for no HIP stamp and 2 warnings for no federal stamp in possession and no donor tag. Anglers at reservoir had some nice Crappie and no issues with anglers found.
Last week on Monday I went out for a while finding nobody out and about and the rest of the week followed in that pattern. I did manage to find a few ice fisherman out as well as some coyote and rabbit hunters as well.
Worked in the office. Worked on some equipment. Worked around the county with little moving with the snow and winter weather. Getting more phone calls with people finally ready to get bobcats tagged. Weekend off.
Got new tire put on my truck this week. Checked boat house and reset mouse traps. Worked a few days from home due to winter snow storm. Offered assistance to KHP and Sheriffs office when storm hit. Got the NRA pellet range and had a shooting program for youth and 4H group. Off on four day weekend.
Monday through Friday: performed administrative/clerical duties; worked in the Regional Office two days; completed updating a training outline; delivered some equipment and reviewed falconry training with NRO; patrolled reservoir finding nobody out; and prepared for Performance Planning Discussions.
This week I patrolled my area, finding some big groups of snow geese feeding in the local fields, sat on them to see if I would have any drive by shooters, but no takers. Took my truck in and got it serviced. I tagged a couple cats for some Indiana trappers that had come down to trap for a week or two. Had some time in the office doing an expense report and other odds and ends. Finished up the week working selective, also checking “dog wagons”. Turned out to be a great selective, we checked several hunters and ended up writing five NTA’s for no licenses, good job guys.
K9 training. Cleaned guns. Patrolled for coyote hunters, checking a few groups. Checked a goose hunter. Spent a night out working a case, building info, tailing vehicles, etc. Looked for goose hunters. Hunters are few and far between locally, but snows are piling in all adjacent counties. Checked a WIHA for illegal stands, finding one. Will be following up and checking the others. Working with CA on a case, waiting for evidence on another. Set up HE class. Contacted by local chapter about another course and trying to plan for HE in the Schools field-day in May. Had a grand ole time assisting with the guys on a coyote selective. They don't mess around, writing 5 for no license. Good job guys. I managed to check a couple, but am snakebit for NTAs. Judging by how I feel right now, am guessing my son successfully passed his cold to me.
This week worked on Glocks and made arrangements to work on more. Worked in the office some with the weather being cold and snowy. Tagged a couple cats this week and helped county with things that popped up. Off over the weekend.
Monday I took the antelope seized in search warrant in to get scored. 82 gross with 14" on the left and over 14" on the right. It's a "Booner." Took keys seized in the searches and got matches to several padlocks on illegal tree stands taken from public ground.. I see a trend developing. Working on charging him in three counties for now. More to follow. Tues and Wednesday reviewed 1000's of photos and other evidence, and made contact with some of the hunting equipment theft victims. Followed up on a wanton waste of a gut shot fawn the suspects and client left untagged and did not attempt to retrieve. Thursday assisted with Phase III.
I was off Monday on sick leave. Tuesday with the blizzard coming through found no one out, but did meet a guy to tag a bobcat. Wednesday patrolled and tagged a bobcat. On my way to meet officer saw a 10-47, so I stopped and helped out until a deputy arrives. Thursday followed up on a possible sale of raw coon fur. Turned out the guy was just selling the meat and coon pups. I actually was told the law about selling raw furs from my suspect, so I don't think he will ever try too. Off on four-day.
Worked in the office on the upcoming boating training for March. Putting together the schedule for the pool training and attended the pool training. Worked over the weekend on coyote hunters and found some goose hunters. Took a deer out of a fence. Picked up a great horned owl with a broken wing. Took it to rehabilitation. Met Lt. and got my new evaluation standards.
This week followed up on deer killed last weekend. Checked some fisherman braving the ice and cold at the trout pit. Got stuck and pulled out of the WA when checking on an illegal deer stand. I had new evaluation. I had a coyote selective Saturday finding several out. Citations were written. Called out Saturday night to a report of a vehicle trespass. It was reported the bed was covered in blood and deer hair. With help of SO made contact with two individuals who were coyote hunting, both nonresident, both no Kansas hunting license. After lie and deception session they went back to Missouri with 2 citations and without their rifles and a future meeting with a Missouri Warden on a illegal deer shot out of season with the rifle I seized. Worked Coyote selective. Lots of coyote wagons out. Five got issued NTA's for the error of their ways.
General patrol and general office. Tagged a few bobcats this week. Went to Regional Office to go over the new evaluation process. Checked some fishermen at the trout pit, issuing NTA's for no fishing license and no trout stamp. Worked coyote selective in counties checking a total of 40 hunters and issuing 5 NTA's for no hunting license. Thanks to all for assisting.
After all of the snow this week was a bit slower. Did as much office work as I could, continued on investigations and worked on odds and ends. I got my new eval criteria Thursday and handled a critter call by phone this weekend.
Worked the last day of the Tulsa Boat Show on Sunday. Spent time in the office working on BPC, Expense Reports, Hunter Ed Stuff, etc. Then the SNOW came. Pretty much shut in for a couple days with 10+ inches of snow and high winds. However the drifts looked fun to possibly drive through but I am not sure of the trucks 4 wheel drive capabilities yet. I stayed inside and looked around at a lot of the social media sites and hunting forums. I was able to locate some posts that were pretty interesting. Got the new evaluation forms from LT. Off on 4-Day.
Completed the normal computer work along with sent in the January Deer Survey. Met with each of my officers and discussed the new evaluation forms. Fixed some wiring issues in officer’s truck. Patrolled for coyote hunters. Burned a day of vacation.
Worked the office, taking one inclement weather day and then travelling for a meeting on finalization of discussions on field staff training program that is to begin for three graduates of KLETC shortly.
Last week was busy with a lot of Office Time, mainly due to weather that was Polar ( to put it Nicely) in nature. Numerous phone calls, contacts with CA's, follow-up with ongoing investigations, preparing for the FTO meeting, and preparing for the up coming HE Class, and assisting local LEO's. Violations dealt with, No Fur-Harvesters license.
Completed reports, met with CA and Judge, met with a couple Sheriff's, worked on investigation, tagged cats, general office work, shuffled 2nd truck to Officer, worked 3 area Reservoirs checking several ice fishermen, found one lucky husker with 57 crappie at reservoir and another lucky husker with a short walleye.
Investigated a hunting accident, tagged bobcats, attended meeting, assisted with Phase III training, patrolled county, checked Lake for ice fishermen, checked reservoir, ice fishermen, office and reports.
Office and paperwork; signed up for upcoming training; attended FTO meeting; assisted with transporting a vehicle from the Office to Officer.
Finished up long weekend. Returned to work and caught up on office work and bobcat tagging. I assisted with Phase 3 water training. I patrolled for coyote hunters and ice fishermen Saturday. Checked several fishermen, however I did not see any fish caught and ice thickness at reservoir varied from 6” to 12” depending on snow cover. Assisted a Nebraska warden Sunday and finally finished up a deer case from KS archery season. It started as a KS case and at the end we found a buck was poached just into NE, a doe just into KS. We ultimately tracked down the head with antlers. It was located in a KS pasture of one of our frequent violators. Finally interviewed the suspect over the phone and got his side of the story. Charges are pending.
Had civil court from motorcycle chase from this summer. Individual decided to represent himself. He might have fared better if he hadn't given a UA that came back hot for meth right before court. Needless to say he lost his motorcycle and got to go back to jail. Stayed in the office the rest of the week because of the snow storm. Tagged some cats. Off on four day.
Tagged numerous bobcats this week. Assisted PD with duck case. Responded to deer stuck in fence on Thursday night. Ended poorly with having to put down deer due to the mess of tangled barbwire. Had to cut a leg off deer with hacksaw to get it removed from fence and managed to avoid the flying leg when it flung out. Issued RP salvage tag and helped him hang deer in tree at his house. Assisted SO with suspicious vehicles at SFL at 2 am Sunday morning. Turned out to be some people staying in the cabin but did not have 4x4 vehicles to get down the road to cabin. So they parked on the county roadway. Someone driving by called dispatch and complained about it.
Start of the week was spent on routine patrols for trout fishermen, trappers, tagging cats, and digging out of the 12" of snow. End of week was spent with the Phase III pool training. Long weekend off.
Worked from the office early in the week and read up on Training Officer handbook. Attended TO meeting on Friday. Ice fishermen are showing up and the catch is day to day. Ice on Sunday was 6-7 inches in the area. Goose and Coyote hunters were out in full force over the weekend with most Goose hunter going for Speck's and ending up with Snows. Sunday someone poached a button buck in the middle of a county road and left it lay.
What if I just said I didn't do anything?... But I tagged cats, patrolled after snow storm checking on stranded motorists, got my wonderful patrol vehicle worked on and spent some time trying to dig up an investigation.
About the only thing moving this past week was a few coyote hunters, and they weren't doing all that well. General office work along with SMART and KLER.
Checked goose and coyote hunters, wildlife complaints, tagged bobcats and office work.
Had vehicle serviced. Checked fishermen and a few goose hunters, with some luck. Tagged cats.
General Office work cleaning up the office and following up on old cases. Continued investigating a few complaints. General patrol finding the wagons were out in full force this weekend after the snow, spent the weekend chasing them around.
Slow week with the weather. Drifting roads closed and lack of hunting was an issue. The geese are all gone and the rabbits are few and far between. Coyote hunters are chasing but just killing and leaving lay. Worked in office and returned phone calls for upcoming programs.
Reviewed activity reports, KLER reports, travel authorizations, completed a schedule and worked on other assorted office tasks. Watched it snow (11.5") and dug out the truck and drive way a couple of times in order to reach the road. Looked for road hunters finding only a couple of coyote callers. Checked ice fishermen at reservoir but only 1 fish, a 22" wiper. Picked up keys for officer’s truck damaged by a KDOT snowplow and will look into repairs while he is at KLETC.
Burned comp time and drove back to Indiana on Sunday for 3 more weeks of training.
Dealt with a very angry owl in a basement, met with a landowner concerning some issues, checked coyote hunters, checked some waterfowlers, tried to tag a few cats, checked and signed off on a new CSA, looked for problems in impending snow storm and for those that do not understand driving in the snow and ice, drove to regional office for in-service training, tagged a couple more cats and checked a few goose hunters.
Not much activity. Lakes frozen. Spent a day helping stuck motorists. Roads snow packed most of the week. Had to put down injured deer. Had another deer with arrow stuck in it at Poachers Park. Spent several days in the office ready for warmer weather and swimming.
Worked around the snow with calls from 911 and dispatch. Helped with phase III at regional office and will be contacting College to check on fire damage to complex where we swim. Getting ready for phase III this week.
Office. Assisted S.O. with a few calls during the snow. Tires rotated on patrol vehicle. Majority of geese have left to find a warmer local. Gave away ice scrapers and coffee mugs at gun show. Majority of questions were about what the department is doing to manage low deer and pheasant numbers. Sportsman are genuinely concerned and frustrated.
Patrol for coyote hunters in the snow all week finding none. Called out for "injured turkey" in a front yard; arrived to find a very cold pheasant tucked away out of the wind that flew away as soon as I approached. Worked the KDWPT booth at the gun show.
Patrol for fishermen. Helped S.O. on both snow days. Some office. Review of training tasks. Youth hunt. Gun show booth. Everyone I talked to are EXTREMELY concerned regarding the state of the deer herd, and what the Dept. is doing to fix the problem.
Checked ice fishermen, coyote hunters, worked in office, tagged cats, worked on accident investigation where hunter got shot in the face, he lived, met with Lt. for evaluation, visit with sportsmen, patrolled counties.
Had patrol truck serviced, general office work, K-9 Training, picked up electrocuted bald eagle in NW County, worked ice fishermen and tagged cats.
Last week was busy with follow-up on investigations, preparing for the March HE, contacting other Wardens Regards to ongoing investigations, Tagging Cats and K-9s, contacting CA's, dealing with complaints, and Biologists and providing recommendations on Antelope and deer in my area, assisted with Missing persons with the local LE Agencies and animal complaints.
Throughout the week met with Officers; paperwork and phone calls working to get truck repaired.
On Tuesday I traveled for the in-service training on Wednesday and Thursday. I participated in a boating officer meeting and helped plan out the next round of trainings. Overall the training went well and the facility was very nice. Patrolled remainder to the weekend to include tagging cats.
Tagged more bobcats throughout the week. Had truck serviced and oil changed. Organized my office and cleaned out patrol truck from hunting season. Cleaned and serviced ATV. Took a criminal hunting complaint about a coyote hunter but landowner unwilling to provide formal complaint in writing. Ordered new uniform items. Completed some healthquest material on the computer.
Worked in the office early in the week. Checked ice fishermen and did some boat maintenance later in the week. People are still fishing on the rotten ice, it is amazing.
Patrolled for ice fishermen. Tagged more cats. Met with Captain to look over new boat and figure out what all it needed done to it to make it ready for the summer. Checked a few trout anglers and a few people still on the ice over the weekend. Preparing mentally for the Major to hold my head underwater and call it drown proofing.
Worked on a goose wanton waste complaint. Thanks to Lt. for doing some dumpster diving for me. Tagged a bunch of cats this week. Tried to take vacation on Saturday but had a parade of bobcats show up at the house instead. Some patrol with not much activity found.
Assisted Nebraska warden at his request. We found two KS suspects who decided to go north and do bad things. Worked in the office catching up. Attended water survival training. Came down with the sickness after only a day and had to leave and miss the second day of training. Overall better than chumming the pool I guess. Finished up the week with days off and recovering from the flu.
General office work. Patrolled for coyote hunters that are enjoying the warmer weather.... Took call on possible big cat attack on a llama and a horse in the area. Could have been, but I doubt it. Seemed more like dogs than a cat. The llama was injured but not killed and tracks that were somewhat plain weren't big enough for a large cat.
Preparing for the KBA annual convention, wildlife complaints, patrolled, tagged bobcats and office work.
Tag quite a few cats. Poachers still shooting bucks. Got new boat in for reservoir with captain. A few fishermen out.
Prepared for court this week only to have it cancelled. Talked with CA's on previous cases and followed up. Tagged several bobcats this week. Received OGT complaint from this past deer season and have continued to investigate. General patrol and general office work.
Tagging enough cats to run out of tags around 180 and still getting calls. Worked on catching up with paper work. Worked ice fishermen around reservoir. What a nice bunch of fish they were catching no probs the bite stopped before a few had a chance to go over limit. Had complaints on Beaver, and a skunk that had made his way onto the porch of some new farm folks that had no idea about skunks eating cat food. My what a surprise for them...
Worked on typical office tasks. Worked to get some equipment ordered. Took a wrecked truck in for an estimate. Having some issues with my scanner. Found lots of eagles at reservoir and lots of geese at state lake and lots of people watching them.
Took several calls on wildlife problems in County. Worked Phase III Training this week and getting ready for more training. Checked fisherman this weekend and they are catching a few trout. Had a fisherman using live bait in the fly fishing area due to fly fishing only signs had been removed so he thought the area was open to anybody.
Checked a few goose hunters, followed dog wagons around, returned phone calls, office work, truck serviced, checked a few predator callers, assisted neighbor state with info concerning a case they are working, worked in the office and burned a little comp time.
Tagged cats. Tried to follow up on some facebook complaints. Sat in office several days due to weather. Assisted Sumner County with semi vs car accident.
Spent part of the week in the office, visited with some landowners, checked a couple coyote and goose hunters and fishermen, probably more ducks in the county this week after the snow than the rest of the season, tagged bobcats, cited one for target practice on wildlife area, probably 30 plus eagles on reservoir this weekend.
This week patrolled area, and met with some landowners. Worked on some firearms items. Put down an injured deer then got called to a place where an individual thought a deer had been poached. There was blood and a lot of hair and some drag marks in the road from where someone had loaded the deer up, after looking around and finding several pieces that looked like what used to be a grill from a vehicle, think it was a road kill that someone helped themselves to. Drove all over the country tagging last minute bobcats.
K9 in Indiana running tracks every day all day. Hoping to do something different one of these days. Participated in K9 public program on Saturday. Off Sunday
Spent Sunday attending the youth hunt and the Gun Show. The rest of the week consisted of Phase 3 training and working with smart to get authorization for travel to Mississippi in March for BUI Train the Trainer.
Tagged Cats. Got dispositions on evidence from deer cases. Patrolled for anglers and goose hunters. Tagged more cats and collected jaw samples. Returned deer mount display rack for KBA.
Assisted with a youth pheasant hunt, met with C.A. and a defense attorney on a trophy mule deer case, outcome was pretty good. Patrolled for trout fisherman at SFL and out at the grasslands, not many out.
Assisted with the youth pheasant hunt. Tagged a bunch of swift foxes and bobcats this week. Dropped a report off at the county attorney's office. Patrolled for coyote hunters finding none. Patrolled Lake checking ice fishermen at the beginning of the week and open water fishermen by the end of the week. Many people seem to have spring fever and lots of nice limits of trout being caught daily at the lake.
Worked the gun show. Office. Supervision. Took a few days of sick leave
This last week I attended In service training, tagged bobcats, patrolled and assisted with a non-resident coyote hunter complaint.
Tagged cats. Interviewed trespass suspect. Drove to city for new battery for patrol truck. Ordered dog food. Attended PhaseIIIIn-Service training. Had the weekend off.
Patrol finding minimal activity. Worked in the office and truck maintenance. Tagged a few cats and issued salvage tag for roadkill deer. Attended pool training, Excellent! Had the weekend off.
Pool training highlight for the week. A few bobcats tagged. First aid course completed with range safety officers.
Did another lifetime license investigation. Picked up another vessel from mechanics and returned it to our boat house. Attended phaseIIIthree training – good training. Met with several furharvesters and tagged a few bobcats. Tagged another roadkill deer. Attended annual WA management meeting and did some general patrol when roadways allowed.
This week I worked in the office a couple of days. I checked a few ice anglers and a few coyote hunters. I went to City for supervisor training. I had my vehicle serviced. Off over weekend.
Tagged another handful of cats this week....numbers look like they are going to be down again for the fifth year in a row for my area. Used a day of sick leave. Checked some coyote wagons from neighboring state....had NR licenses......surprised!
Checked a couple ice anglers on Lake. Worked on an investigation. Showed up for a preliminary hearing that ended up being waived by the defendant. Had to resubmit a couple unrelated reports to the CA's office that the intern mysteriously couldn't find. Received a couple subpoenas. Spent a couple days at pool training. Purchased a new battery for the truck. Patrolled around WA and the county, not finding much activity. Backed a PD officer at a residence a subject ran into after he was about to be arrested for driving while suspended.
Sunday and Monday I was off. Tuesday spent the day patrolling and finalizing training plans. Wednesday and Thursday helped with the in-service pool training, while there also had a boating officer meeting and made plans for upcoming training dates. Friday worked part of the day tagging a cat and patrolling a little. Saturday tagged a cat returned a few phone calls and found a squirrel hunter without a hunting license.
Wednesday had training, some of the better training we have had. Thursday sat with a lady for three hours getting information from her about her ex. Patrolled and office work. Friday patrolled, checked on some cameras and helped with some HE stuff. Saturday patrolled finding nobody and tagged some cats.
This week I talked with a group of cub scouts about wildlife management, I worked in my office some completing travel vouchers and making arrangements to attend the ILEETA conference next month. I attended phase 3 in-service training and helped with the training the second day. Met with SA regarding case. On Sat I conducted three interviews, we now know the owner of an unclaimed shotgun that was found during the take-down. We still need to prove the gun owner was hunting.
Spent a lot of the week tagging cats. Checked quite a few ice anglers trying to get some fishing in before the melt off. Pool training on Wednesday.
This week, went to County to finish a lifetime license investigation. Continued working on OGT involving coyote dogs caught in traps. It seems to be a lesson in keeping your dogs off property that you don't have permission. Wednesday, attended Phase III pool training. Thursday, tagged bobcats and recovered from Phase III pool training. The rest of the week, tagged cats, patrolled, and kept up on paperwork.
Removed evidence for disposal. Attended water survival training. Responded to road hunting complaint where subjects were being detained by Sheriff's Dept. two kids trying to find something to do during parent-teacher conference week, ended up admitting to shooting at squirrels and rabbits out the truck window, then told me they knew it was wrong, now they get to spend a day of spring break in the district court talking to the judge. Patrolled ice anglers and last minute fur-harvesters. Met with marina in regards to moving to a more convenient slip. Ice on reservoir is reported in the 8in range, crappie slow through the ice.
Assisted and completed a lifetime investigation. Tagged some bobcats. Checked some anglers at reservoir. Checked some trout anglers at County Parks lakes. Investigated some illegal trapping.
General office and patrol. Tagged first Bobcat. Taught Phase III training two days. Upon leaving, I was flagged down and told about a 10-48 on 6th street. I turned around and found a three car minor 48 and contacted appropriate authorities and provided assistance till PD and EMS arrived. Getting registered for ILEETA conference. 28 day stats, timesheets. Leaving for another Phase III training for two more days.
Worked on SMART issues. Attended good and entertaining supervisor training, and on the way saw 14 antelope and one male pheasant. Spent more quality time on SMART attempting to complete a travel voucher. Took my truck to Ka Comm in order to get power switch issues looked at. Looked at KLER report. Worked on Time Sheets.
Met with CGRR manager on two stolen bobcats from a fur buyer. Attended District meeting going over the new Performance Management Tasks that were assigned. Looked for anglers and coyote hunters throughout the week. Interviewed 14 year old that was involved with December trespass case and talk again with neighboring state’s Game Warden on location of second suspect who now lives and works in neighboring state. Issued one warning for illegal display of coyote to a trapper. Tagging bobcats, expect a big last minute push for me to tag more.
Last week on Monday I tagged some cats and patrolled reservoir for fisherman. On Tuesday I attended our meeting at O and patrolled reservoir finding more ice fishermen out. On Wednesday I worked in the office and on Thursday I was called out to a deer that was stuck in a fence and ended up being put down. Off on 4 day over weekend.
Attended Evaluation meeting in regional office. Gathered some supplies while at the office. Worked around the county with little moving. Tagged numerous bobcats throughout the week. Visited with PD about coyote problems they have been having in town. Delivered some fish regs to local store at city lake. Worked on time sheets, stats, eval stats, and bobcat paperwork.
Last week I returned to work and met with Lt, got new tires put on the vehicle, met with PD officer regarding a complaint, met with County Attorney regarding upcoming court case, caught up on office work, check non-resident coyote hunters, and checked ice anglers and anglers at CO heated dock.
Attended a district meeting in Wichita on Tuesday. Worked on cases and field trial permits applications this week. Attended a meeting with KBI and other LE offices to help coordinate law enforcement efforts to stop crime ring. A man was found dead at the State Park this week and is being investigated as a homicide. Patrolled area looking for hunters and fisherman not finding many out. Rendered aid to a man with car problems in County.
Monday through Friday: performed administrative/clerical duties; processed a couple of travel vouchers; conducted Performance Management Process Planning Discussions; attended supervisory training; composed and submitted travel voucher for supervisory training; and checked on/inquired about a boat lift for reservoir’s patrol boat. Saturday patrol County for hunters and anglers, checking a few crow, squirrel, and rabbit hunters at reservoir; still froze-up. Sunday worked with NRO patrolling for hunters and anglers in County, finding a couple coyote callers at reservoir.
This week I patrolled my counties finding little activity, but still a lot of snow geese. Tagged some cats locally and helped tag some cats. Helped the Parks with a deceased person found at one of the State Parks. Swiped a taillight off one of our old trucks to replace one on my truck. Had the normal office duties performed throughout the week.
K9 training. General patrol. Started an investigation. Contacted a subject concerning permit concerns for investigator. No hunting license NTA imminent. Helped unload some equipment. Tagged a bunch of cats. Received info on another case I have been working and followed up with some mud marching. Paperwork, etc.
This week returned calls from being off. Most were about tagging cats. Patrolled some and handled a call on a sick coyote. Looked into getting boating parts and charged some batteries. Snow geese have started to move back into the area with snow cover disappearing.
Monday off. Tuesday worked on search warrant data. Took some of the data to SO for review. After review called an individual in for interview with SO and I. Received more violation information from interview. Wed and Thurs assisted with Phase III training. Also worked on cases in the evening. Transferred recovered stolen handgun for transfer to PD. Friday and Sat off, but worked on trophy antelope affidavit and evidence. Sunday worked on antelope KLER and reports.
I used sick leave to see a new doctor the first of the week. Thursday went to help with the Phase III training there. Friday tagged bobcats throughout the day. Saturday tagged more bobcats and checked several coyote hunters throughout counties. Ended the week tagging bobcats and working my area.
Monday minutes from home,worked at the RO one day, weekly duties including KLER approvals, email, expense voucher, expense voucher approvals, out of state travel request, ILEETA registration, I used three days of annual leave.
Spent most of this week working on the in-service training. Worked most of the day on Friday tagging cats and otters in counties. Several calls about getting cats tagged next week. Picked up two injured owls. Took another deer out of a fence and checked a couple of coyote hunters.
Tag cat and otters. Getting equipment packed to be picked up.
Attended a webinar through FLETC on administrative/inspection searches. Tagged a few bobcats and 2 otters. Caught up with a guy who was hunting where he was not supposed to be during the antlerless deer season. He ended up telling me what I needed, so he received a date with the judge. General patrol finding very limited activity and general office work. Picked up vehicle and hauled some items back to regional office.
Attended the Predator Seminar. Attended the PhaseIIIswimming training. It was some of the best training that I have had since I have been at KDWPT. It makes you think about how much stuff you wear while on the water. Tagged some bobcats but most that called did not want to show up at my pre-arranged tagging time on Saturday. They wanted me to cater to their needs and drive to their houses when it was convenient for them. Nope. I'm sure I will get the usual frantic calls toward the end of the week of people desperately needing tags, however I will be conducting a Hunter Ed class. Patrolled around Counties not finding any hunters out. No snow geese around because of no open water. No predator hunters out because of no predators. Fishing slow at reservoir. Only checked 4 sportsmen taking advantage of our wildlife and fish this weekend. I did receive a report from another officer of a Blue Falcon being sighted in the state. Completed expense report and responded to other emails. Set up another Hunter Ed class in CO for later this spring.
I continued on investigations and other paperwork. Wednesday and Thursday I went for the HE workshop, fun class. This weekend I took a bunch of "tag my cat" calls which I am scheduling for this week rather than running all over the country. Sunday I went out for a while looking for snow goose hunters found the geese, but no hunters. While out I took care of some snares along the road in a woven wire fence. The road was terrible with everything thawing out. I hope my new truck gets here soon; my 4x4 is starting to fail for the third time in 2 years.
This week, Monday prepared for court on two cases on a out of state hunter who took a deer without the purchase of a hunting license for two years. Suspect took plea bargain. With fines and fees he has to forfeit the Kansas deer mount in his state, back to KDWPT. Met with another state’s Conservation Agent to interview suspect I caught last weekend for no hunting license. Suspect confessed on an illegal deer taken in that state. I met a second time with agent on another case and interviewed a suspect in his area. Case is still under investigation. I assisted on interview of a suspect from his criminal hunt case. Assisted SO with a DV. Intoxicated DV suspect told me I could not arrest him because he was not fishing. It made me laugh.
Still checking my trail camera. No cougars, just coyotes and deer. Traveled to supervisor’s seminar. Great speaker! We believe someone tried to break into the walk-in freezer. Busted the lock but didn’t gain entry. Spent several hours on the phone finding the correct parts. They should be here late next week and the locksmith can install them. Picked up equipment.
Reviewed Hunt Incident Report for officer. Truck to the shop for some repairs. Had Hunter Ed. all weekend. Thanks to officers for coming over and working Fur Auction on Saturday. Did a K-9 Demonstration.
This last week worked in my office, did some K-9 training, tagged bobcats, general patrol and attended a funeral.
Began a form to report completed training, and other routine records completed. Reinvigorated SMART system access for an expected travel voucher project. Checked for boat ed. information submitted, not yet added to KDWP&T class schedule, found a responsible person solve this. A day or two with fish fever spreading, checked for open water, ice will melt soon. Effort to fill out needed boat instructors, fish
biologist contacted about next schedule to assist egg collections. Reported of pile of ducks dumped under bridge was in fact geese parts, trash bag provided. Oil change. Fur auction attended. Return of cattag records.
Tagged a few cats throughout the week. Had a scheduled then rescheduled day in court, only for the CA to forget then moved to next week. Worked on a old deer case for prosecution. Met with local SO. Trip to Reg. office for pbt check and supplies. Cleaned truck. Worked the fur auction tagging very few cats, with decent prices.
Participated in St Marys High School career day on Tuesday. Called by SO to assist with road hunters shooting into a flock of snow geese, SO made the stop on vehicle, I took over from there and will charge individuals with criminal hunt and aid of vehicle. Tagged a few bobcats through the week. Answered a shooting complaint in N. part of County that got routed through State Park. I found the IA truck and two guys shooting crows from a blind, using a caller, then learned RP’s complaint indicated they were shooting at deer with a rifle, I don’t think so.
I was on leave most of the week. Saturday checked a few anglers and watched the trout stocking at Lake.
Nice week weather-wise....just not conducive to out-door activities....very soft and sloppy. Tagged last minute cats....falling short of last year's numbers, as predicted.
Completed admin reports in the office. Assisted a motorist with a tire change while I was en route to city. Attended pool training. Assisted KHP with a 10-47 that I rolled up on the way back from training. Tagged a couple gentleman's bobcats. Worked on an investigation.