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DNR Terms L-R

Lamping: Term from Britain and Europe for using lights at night to legally hunt foxes.

Law Boss: There are three captains, each with law enforcement responsibility for a third of the state’s counties.

LED: DNR Law Enforcement Division.

Lighted Bait Pile: Bait for deer illuminated by a light from a camp or cabin. Many times the light is only for recreational viewing, but sometimes the lights are used to illegally shoot game after dark.

LT: Ell-tee. Lieutenant, head of one of the state’s 12 law enforcement districts.

Light Duty: Officers with injuries or medical problems are sometimes taken off patrol and assigned different, less strenuous duties until they are healthy.

Light Them Up: To turn on blue lights to notify subjects to pull over, or that a CO is present.

Line-cutter: Violators confronted by COs will often cut their fishing lines to “lose” illegal bait or lures. When they do this, the officer will usually recover the lure or bait and cite them for littering as well.

LHA: Lost Hunter Alert, procedure for setting up and coordinating law enforcement agencies and others to search for a lost hunter.

Making A Case: CO jargon for taking evidence, developing a case, getting a confession and arresting a lawbreaker.

Marble-eyes: A dead deer’s eyes become opaque and covered with gray film 12 hours post-mortem. Examining the eyes can help determine time of death. If shining a flashlight into the eye causes reflection, the death is less than 12 hours.

Marine patrol: Patroling in some form of watercraft, from canoe or kayak, to wave runner, or boat.

Market Hunter: Violator who sells the fish and game he takes illegally, or over limits.

Marking? A Road: Subtle CO method of marking backroads to determine any recent traffic in or out.

Marking a Deer: Method of marking a downed animal and later confronting violator with the evidence of the animal’s provenence.

MDNR: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Mined Road: One upon which spikes have been seeded to flatten game warden tires.

Miracle Hour: The hour before sunset and sunrise when animals tend to be moving from bedding to feeding areas.? A prime time for hunters. COs do not like to walk in on hunters during this time unless they have a complaint or allegation of wrongdoing.

Mortality Signal: DNR biologists capture and tag specimens of various species with radio collars so they can study movement. When the animal dies the collar sends out a signal? and an antenna is used to locate the animal to determine cause of death.

Necropsy: An animal autopsy – to determine cause of death, or changes brought on by disease.

Night Shoot: Michigan conservation officers periodically shoot at night to practice for possible deadly encounters after the sun goes down.

Nose Plant: To fall on your face or to put a suspect on his or her face.

NVD: Night Vision Device.

Officer Caution: An advisory to officers to be careful in dealing with a certain individual, often a felon or person with a background of violent behavior.

Oh Dark Thirty: CO slang for late at night.

Out of Service: Term for period when officer is off duty, and not available.

Out of the Vehicle: Officer calls dispatch to let them know he or she will be on foot for a while.

Overbait: Using deer bait in excess of the 2 gallon limiat. The two gallons must be spread over at 10 x 10-foot area to reduce nose to nose contact among the animals.

Packing: Carrying a handgun, either legally with a CCW or illegally under concealment. By law a citizen with a CCW and packing must alert an approaching officer of this immediately.

Parroting When officers stop someone for possible illegal activity and the suspect begins to repeat the officer’s questions before answering it’s a pretty good indicator that the suspect is nervous and has something to hide.

Pass Days: CO’s paid time off.

POO: Point of Origin. Place where a wildfire or any other fire originates. Determining POO can help determine fire cause.

PBT: Preliminary Breath Test. Used in field to determine sobriety.

Printable Offense: Any offense that calls for individuals to be fingerprinted when they are arrested and brought into custody for arraignment.

PCO: Probationary Conservation Officer. An officer new on the job. PCO status lasts for a set amount of time.

Pop-out: Officer who suddenly materializes among people breaking the law. The usual response is “Where the hell did you come from?”

Pup: A rookie officer.

Quiet Time: Five-day period before the firearm season when guns may not be possessed and may only be carried to camp. It also refers to those times each day during the firearm season when four-wheelers cannot be operated.

RAM Center: The Ralph A. McMullen Center, named for a former DNR Director: Once a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) site, now a DNR meeting and conference center on North Higgins Lake, about one hour below the bridge.

RAP Line: 800 number, Report All Poaching, manned around the clock in Lansing. Calls from the public are passed immediately to officers in the field.

Rat: an illegal commercial fisherman.

RCO: Retired Conservation Officer.

Recon Shuffle (The): a fast trot used by some COs to cover a lot of ground on foot patrol, day and night.

Recruit: Member of the DNR Academy class.

Regular Customer: Repeat offender.

Ride-Along: Civilian accompanying CO during routine patrol.

Roadie: Acronym for Retired on Active duty — an officer who has lost enthusiasm for the job.

Rolling of the Bones: One CO used to carry a leather bag of deer and elk teeth (bones)? and confront certain suspects, telling them it was a mystical lie detector. He got a lot of confessions!

Roof (The): Slang for the Marquette Regional DNR office, which features a unique design.

Rubber Gun School: Remedial firearms training.

Runner: A susped who flees and eludes an encounter with an officer.

Running Dark/ Black: Operating a patrol truck at night without lights, internal or external.

Rake: An officer whose thorough and aggressive patrolling has kept down the lawlessness in his or her area.

RSS: Retail Sales System. Computerized data base of all hunting, fishing licenses sold by the state. Available to officer in their in-vehicle computers.

Roadkill Permit: A form from a law enforcement agency that allows game killed by vehicles to be legally possessed. These permits are often carried by county sheriffs, state police and Conservation officers.


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