Conservation Officer Scott Staples (Carlton) attended a Minnesota Trappers Association board of directors meeting in

Brainerd. Hunting and recreational vehicle activity was worked in the Nemadji State Forest. Enforcement action was taken for no license in possession, hunting during a closed season and equipment violations. After heavy rains, people are advised to use caution on the trails and roads in the state forest.

There are reports of several washed-out roads and trails.

Extra patrols were conducted in Jay Cooke State Park, where enforcement action was taken for not having vehicle permits.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) conducted patrols on county and state forest lands for hunting activity during the week. Humphrey took several calls/complaints about nuisance beavers, public-water access concerns, deer licensing and waterfowl hunting.

CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) has been field training CO Derek Schneider. They have been dealing with calls about nuisance bears and deer-baiting complaints and checking anglers.

Schmidt and Schneider also gave a law/ethics presentation to a firearms safety class in Hermantown.

The rainy and cold weather kept most people indoors this past week.

CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) assisted with handling a nuisance-bear call in the city of Duluth. Multiple deer-hunting calls were fielded and preliminary investigations started.

A possible wetlands violation near a public access was also handled.

The wet weather kept field activity low around the area.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) patrolled the Nemadji State Forest checking small-game hunters. Many reported having success with woodcock.

Speldrich also assisted at Camp Ripley with interviewing potential new hires for conservation officer positions.

She issued ATV closed hour operation permits for the upcoming firearms deer season and provided nuisance-beaver assistance.