Conservation Officer Scott Staples (Carlton) spoke to first-graders from different schools about the DNR K9 unit and introduced them all to K9 Schody.

Waterfowl hunters and anglers were checked over the past week with some success found with waterfowl hunters on area lakes. One angler was cited for angling without a license and stated that he never knew a license was needed. He was cited for that violation and also taken to jail on an outstanding warrant.

An investigation is being conducted on a report of a shot trumpeter swan that had a picture circulating on social media.

K9 assistance was given to a local police department that needed a wooded area searched for a firearm.

CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) has been field training CO Derek Schneider this past week. Few anglers were out with the poor weather conditions. Some grouse hunters contacted were having success. Compliance was good for people checked afield.

Schmidt also spent time training at Camp Ripley.

CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) continues to see more activity in the woods as the fall progresses.

Safety instructors were assisted with an ATV safety class in Floodwood.

Enforcement action was taken for expired ATV registration, railroad trespass, obstructing a state trail and for juveniles not wearing a helmet on an ATV.

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) and COC Calie Kunst worked multiple possible deer-baiting cases.

Many bear baits were also checked along with some waterfowl hunters.

Contact was made with ATV riders who were found to be drinking underage and burning prohibited materials.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) checked small-game hunters in the Nemadji State Forest. Hunters had luck bagging woodcock and a few grouse. Speldrich took enforcement action for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. Several questions were answered regarding the upcoming youth deer hunt over MEA weekend.

Speldrich provided technical assistance with nuisance bobcat, beaver and bear calls.