DNR Report: Officers work special muzzleloader hunt at Jay Cook State Park

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Conservation Officer Scott Staples (Carlton) assisted at an accident scene where a car was hit by a train.

A special muzzleloader hunt was worked in Jay Cooke State Park. Not a lot of success was observed. Deep snow conditions kept hunters restricted to certain areas of the park. The deep snow brought out lots of snowmobile activity on area trails. Trails that cross wetlands and waters are not yet safe in the area. The ground is not yet frozen and snowmobilers are asked to be careful on grant in aid trails that cross these areas.

Enforcement action was taken for registration and speed violations.

CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) saw snowmobiles out already and the base on trails starting to build. Caution is still needed as the groomers are working hard to get the trails ready. Please make sure you check your registration is current before venturing out to ride.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked snowmobile enforcement during the week and assisted during a special muzzleloader deer hunt held in Jay Cooke State Park.


Humphrey attended an Honor Guard meeting at Camp Ripley and investigated reports of deer parts being unlawfully disposed of.

CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) followed up on open cases from deer season and worked the muzzleloader deer season.

Snowmobiles were out in force and trails are getting cleaned up and groomed. Trespassing issues were handled involving snowmobiles and enforcement action was taken for registration violations.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) handled snowmobile trespass calls and patrolled local trails for snowmobiling activity.

Speldrich taught the law portion of a youth snowmobile safety class at Willow River School.

Speldrich worked on an investigation from the firearms deer season and on a background investigation for a potential new hire.

Speldrich assisted the State Patrol with a suspect who fled on foot on Interstate 35.

Katie Rohman has served as the managing editor of the Duluth News Tribune since 2019. She started with Duluth Media Group in 2017 as regional editor of the Superior Telegram, Pine Journal, Lake County News-Chronicle, Eastern Observer and Western Weekly. She has worked in newspapers around the Midwest since 2004.
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