Conservation Officer Scott Staples (Carlton) answered questions and gave a talk at the annual Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) banquet in Carlton.

Waterfowl opener was worked over the weekend with help being given in the Deer River station. Enforcement action was taken for possessing toxic shot, as well as stamp and license violations. A trespassing complaint was received where a deer was field-dressed on a person’s posted private property.

Follow-ups continue on two separate litter complaints received in the area.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked the waterfowl opener. He also conducted patrols in area wildlife management areas and the Fond du Lac State Forest, checking small-game hunters.

Humphrey spoke with a firearms safety class in Barnum and attended the Carlton chapter of the MDHA’s annual banquet, answering questions about the upcoming hunting seasons.

Ducks and duck hunters were few and far between on Saturday due in large part to severe weather. Sunday’s hunters didn’t fare much better, with one to two ducks on average per boat.

CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) saw a fair number of waterfowl hunters out despite the foul weather. However, not a lot of birds were seen. Enforcement action was taken for failure to sign a federal stamp, no license in possession, no trout stamp and no stamp in possession.

CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) followed up on wetland issues throughout the week. He worked the waterfowl opener in the Duluth area. Fewer than normal numbers of hunters were out and about. Weather played a role in a reduced take for waterfowl as opening morning was extremely foggy through most of the area. Schmidt also attended the Carlton County MDHA annual banquet.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) checked waterfowl hunters over the opener. Very few hunters and ducks were seen. Enforcement action was taken for no state stamp.

Speldrich spent the past week with the Law Enforcement Memorial Association Honor Guard at Camp Ripley training honor guards from Minnesota and throughout the United States.