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DNR Terms D-J

DDD: Dick-Down-in-the-Dirt: Face-down position law enforcement personnelsometimes have to inflict on unruly, violent individuals.

Dead Month [The]: CO jargon for March, usually the lowest ebb in outdoor activities during the year.

Dead Zone: No or very poor cell phone or radio reception. A good portion of the U.P. is a dead zone in this sense.

Decoy: A semi-robotic or inanimate approximation of an animal or game bird used to catch illegal hunters. Michigan COs have decoys for several species.

Deer-check Station: Seasonal sites where hunters are asked to bring their deer to be checked by biologists in order to obtain information on the health of the deer herd. Hunters are given a Successful (Deer,Turkey,Bear) Patch for cooperating.

Deer Guard: Steel contraption welded to the grill of vehicles to help limit damage in collisions with deer or other large mammals.

Dimed Out: Informed on, tipped off.

Deer Management Unit: A DMU is used to manage the deer herd in various parts of the state. Hunting rules can vary by DMU.

Director: The director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, a position appointed by the governor.

Dirtball/wingnut: Two of many terms used by officers to refer to violators.

Dirty Bait: Bait in violation of the law, either in kind or how displayed.

District Office: One of 12 HQs around the state. Each district covers multiple counties.

DNR Academy: All new COs must graduate from this 9-month training program. Of approximately 5,000 people in the state civil service candidate pool at any given time, only 4-5 will actually ever become COs. Academy classes average 20-25, with 15-20 candidates completing the course. See Step Training.? Also called Recruit School.

DNR Priors: The fish and game rap sheet for a citizen cited for previous poaching or transgressions.

Dope: Any controlled or illegal substance encountered in enforcing fish and game laws. The frequency of alcohol and drug use – especially marijuana is surprisingly high among certain sportsmen in some parts of the state.

Doubleback: Practice of checking a camp and coming back the next day to assure rules area being adhered to.

Drag Mark/ Trail: Indications that a dead animal has been dragged out of the woods.

Drive School: Special vehicle training that all officers undergo and retake periodically.

Drop-off: Intentional violators will drop a shooter, leave the area, and return later to collect him.

Eight Hundred (The): Th 800 megaherz communications system used by the DNR and Michigan State Police. It allows any CO to talk to any other CO anywhere in the state and any time from virtually any location.

8T5: Eight to five officer, of which there are few COs. Generally refers to an officer in any setting who has lost his or her fire and is just marking time until retirement.

Eighty-Twenty: Belief by some experienced COs that 80 percent of Michigan’s firearms deer hunters are slobs or incompetent.

Engatucky: Slang for Engadine in Mackinac County.

Eye in the Sky: A plane operating in support of a DNR group patrol.

Exotic: An imported game animal or bird.

Exposure Suit: Worn by COs and other law enforcement personnel on lakes and water bodies during winter and cold conditions. Will provide heat to maintain life if someone goes overboard.

Fair Chase: Claim of some hunting ranches, to make the killing seem fair.

Fast-Reeling: Some snaggers try to look legal by using less that 3 oz torpedoes, but reeling them in extremely fast in the hope of catching onto a salmon or steelhead or other species.

Feed: Term for a gathering off officers usually after firearm deer season and spring fish runs to rehash what has happened.

Fire Officer: A DNR employee in the district office whose job in summer is to manage fire outbreaks.

First on Scene: The responding officer, first to arrive at an accident,? crime or incident scene usually is responsible for managing the incident.

Flee and Elude: Charge against a suspect who runs or attempts to run away.

Float: To patrol by canoe or kayak.

Floater: A drowned body that is driven to the surface by the build up of internal gases or release of anchor ice.

Float Your Hat: To lose your footing while wading and be swept under and downriver.

Field Training Officer: FTO. Experienced officer assigned to monitor, train and evaluate Cubs going through Step Training.

Flying fish: violators in boats often throw their catch over the side when being pursued by game wardens.

Free Forty: Officer jargon for unpaid officers, usually in connection with time worked during firearm deer season.

Furlough: Unpaid days off for officers: a method for controlling departmental expense and the state budget.

Game Warden: Old term for Conservation Officer.

Garden Wars: Term for violent conflict in the period 1960s – 1980s when local commercial fishermen operated illegally in opposition to DNR commercial fish regulations.

Ginseng: A plant used in eastern medicine. It grows in Michigan along Lake Michigan, among barrier dunes. Legal to harvest with a DNR permit.

Goat Rodeo: CO term for any confrontation that becomes confused and unmanageable. Sort of like herding cats…

Gork: A badly mutilated human corpse.

Got a Question For You: The most common opening line from a citizen to a CO.

Ground Shrinkage: A hunter shoots an animal, often a bear, from an elevated platform or tree stand and after getting down to the ground and locating the animal finds it is smaller than first thought. COs call this phenomenon, “Ground shrinkage.”

Group Patrol: COs come together at certain times of year to concentrate manpower to focus on certain kinds of illegal activities. A county may have 2-3 regular COs but during a group patrol there might be 8-10 working the area. Group patrols often employ a plane overhead.

GSW: Gunshot Wound.

Habitual Offenders: DNR violators who can’t or won’t learn their lessons and keep breaking the law.

Headlighting: Sweeping headlights of vehicles across fields where deer may be grazing. Developed as way to poach without carrying incriminating spotlights.

Head-on Stop: Maneuver to stop a suspect vehicle coming directly at the officer. Very dangerous situation.

Henry Hill: Code for head and hide, the usual leave-behinds of deer violators.

Hide (A): Place where officers conceal themselves to monitor illegal activity, or conceal their vehicles.

Hinky: Bizarre, erratic behavior by a suspect or citizen.

Honey Hole: Fishing term for unusually productive section of water, but also used by COs to describe locations where violators area regularly busted.

Horseblankets: Old time game wardens who wore shapeless, massive wool coats.

Illegal Deer: One taken out of season, or in season by illegal methods – a sort of Holy Grail for COs in terms of enforcement activities.

In-and-Out: Tire tracks showing vehicle went into and came back out of an area.

Indiana Cajones:? A bold violator.

Informant: Citzien who provides information about possible illegal activity to COs. Informant identities are closely guarded and the people given anonymity. Some get rewards from the state if their information leads to convictions or arrests.

Jacklighting: See Shining.

Jam somone up: Putpressure on a suspect or known bad guy to keep him busy and frustrate him


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