Area: DNR law enforcement districts are divided into several areas, each containing several counties. A sergeant is responsible for each area, a lieutenant for each district.
AVL: Automatic Vehicle Locator. GPS link allows any game warden to see any other game warden at any time anywhere in the state, and for HQ in Lansing to do the same.
Backup: One officer either in position to help another or moving to help another.
Bad Guy: A lawbreaker.
Bait: Food put out to attract game animals. In some parts of the state, all bait is outlawed. In other areas the limit is two gallons for deer and the two gallons should be spread out, not piled up. The term, “bait,” is also used by Conservation officers to refer to deer feeding in a field at night in sufficient numbers to tempt shiners.
Barrel Trap: A steel contraption used by the DNR to trap and relocate problem black bears.
Bed: Place where game sleeps during the day.
Bikini Float: Group patrols of uniformed and undercover officers, and civilian volunteers police drunken canoests, who tend to lose their inhibitions and clothes on rivers. Some call it a Water Carnival.
Blacktop: Hardtop roads used by most COs only to get from one two-track to another.
Blambi: Slang for deer decoys used by Michigan conservation officers.
Behind A Gate: CO jargon for activities that go on behind chains or gates into private hunting camps.
Blind:? A structure used by a hunter to conceal his presence. Can be a ground blind or an elevated blind, or a tree blind. In Britain blinds are called hides.
Blood Trail: Blood leaked by a wounded animal.
Blue Light: The emergency flashers on a CO truck.
B.O.B: Blaze Orange Brigade. Slang for the crowds of hunters who invade the woods for the firearm deer season, decked out in blaze orange (hunter’s orange) garb. Many years ago the hunting crowds were called Coxey’s Army, a takeoff on the 1894 mob of unemployed workers who protested in Washington D.C. to protest unemployment and the depression of that time. Led by populist Jacob Coxey. Coxey urged the federal government to create jobs building roads and other public improvements. The goernment was not moved and Coxey and followers were arrested for walking on the grass of the Capitol. Literary critics believed that L. Frank Baum the author of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) created his characters as symbols of the plight of the downtrodden Coxey tried to help. The application of the term to hunters is less specific – referring only to an unruly mob. Coxey’s Army also called Cox’s Army.
Body Armor: Bulletproof vests worn by officers at all times.
Boone & Crockett: Scoring system to determine trophies and animal hunting records. Sometimes shortened to “BooCro.”
Boots in the Dirt, Snow, Mud, Etc.: Officers out of their vehicles and patrolling on foot.
Border (The): Refers no to the international border with Canada at the Soo, Detroit and Port Huron, but to the Michigan-Wisconsin border on the U.P.’s west side. Downstate COs use the term for Michigan-Ohio and Michigan-Indiana borders.
Bovine TB:? Bovine Tuberculosis is a highly communicable and chronic disease among whitetail deer. Caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis such TB primarily affects cattle, but can be transmitted to other species. The development of this disease in Michigan caused restrictions in the use of bait for hunting whitetail deer.
Bubbles & Sticks: Slang for describing the level of receptivity and power for a cell phone. The more bubbles or sticks, the more likely the possibility of reception. Tip: Alltel is the phone service that works best in the most places in the U.P. No cell service works everywhere in the Yoop.
Bump: Telephone call.
Bush Eyes: Carefully placed, camouflaged cameras used to monitor outdoor illegal activities.
Busted: Located by a potential subject when the officer is trying to stay concealed.
Cannon: Large-bore handgun carried by hunters.
CAT: Street slang for methcathinone. Illegal, home-brewed drug first identified in Marquette in 1991. Drug was patented by Parke-Davis of Detroit in 1957. Abuse of the drug first showed up in the USSR. The recipe for homemade Cat came out of Ann Arbor. The drug sold for up to $1,000 an ounce, but gram quantities went for $75-$100. The white, chalky and chunky powder had no consistent texture. Chemicals used to make it include ephedrine, sulfuric (battery) acid, potassium or sodium chloride, lye, toluene, acetone, muriatic acid and Epsom salts. Tools included glass jars, tubing, pillow-cases or sheets, coffee filters, rubber gloves, a heat source, and funnels. The drug created a cocaine-like high, but effects said to be stronger and longer lasting and users often went on several-day binges. Other street names include: Goob, Star, Wonder Star, Crank and Sniff. Effects and use patterns are similar to methamphetamine, which has supplanted Cat in the U.P. and other rural areas of Michigan. Cat could be snorted, injected, sprinkled into marijuana and smoke and in some cases it was ingested orally or mixed in liquids. Effects included: relief from fatigue, bursts of energy, increased sex drive, body rush, feeling of toughness/invincibility, speeding up thoughts, increased alertness, sociability, talkativeness, euphoria, frightening hallucinations, paranoia, loss of appetite, dehydration, stomach aches, nervousness, insomnia, sweating, anxiety,
Case: An indident either under investigation or closed by law enforcement action.
CCW: Concealed Weapons Permit.
Checking Into, out of Service: All offices notify Lansing when they go on or off duty.
Chief: The senior law enforcement division officer in the state.
Chipmunking: Excessive chatter on the radio.
Clanlab: Clandestine laboratory, nowadays referring primarily to methamphetamine labs.
Clear: Radio term. Means my transmissions are finished.
CO: Conservation officer.
Cover: Trees, undergrowth, grass or reeds in which game may lie.
Closed Season: Time when certain fish or game cannot be taken.
Come-along: A strap used to manually extract stuck vehicles.
Condemnation Hearing: Sportsmen arrested and convicted of certain violations may have their equipment, from blinds to boats to weapons confiscated by the game warden and later condemned by a judge. Such equipment is usually sold back to the public in an auction.
Cracker Shell: One that delivers noise and no payload, used to frighten away troublemaker animals.
Creep: To sneak up on someone or something.
Crew: A group of violators working together.
Crooked Tongue: Slang for a liar.
Crow/ crow line: A crow is a lookout for a group of violators. A crow line is a notification system used by violators to track the location of game wardens.
Cub: An officer fresh out of the DNR Academy and into her first area.
Cut-gloves: Special gloves worn to prevent officers from being lacerated by knives of needles in suspects’ pockets.
CWD: Chronic Wasting Disease is a transmissible spongiform encehpalopathy (TSE) or prion disease, along with other animal diseases (eg, scrapie and bovine spongiform encephalopathy). Frist identified as a fatal syndrome of captive mule deer in the late 1960s in Colorado and in the wild in 1981 among free-range elk in Colorado. The disease is endemic in the tri-corner area of Colorado, Wymoming, and Nebraska. It has also moved into other states such as Wisconsin. As of 2006 it has not yet been detected in Michigan. The move to Wisconsin is thought to have been through elk imported from Colorado. Symptoms: weight loss over weeks or months, behavioral changes, excessive salivation, difficulty swallowing, polydipsiam, polyuria and ataxia and head tremors. Most animals with the disease die within several months, sometimes of aspiration pneumonia. Transmission is thought to occur by direct animal-to-animal contact, or from indirect exposure to the causative agent in the environment, including contaminated feed and water sources. There are documented cases of the disease being transmitted to humans, though the risk is considered to be low.