Conservation Officer Scott Staples (Carlton) checked waterfowl and other small-game hunters over the past week. Enforcement action was taken for license and ATV violations.

Complaints of trespassing and harassment were looked into and are still under investigation.

Several young hunters appeared to be successful over the four-day youth deer hunt in the area.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) conducted patrols on county and state forest lands for various hunting activity during the week. Humphrey also monitored commercial forest product harvest.

Humphrey investigated a deer-poaching complaint and assisted local law enforcement on a shooting incident in Cloquet. A report of a dog caught in a trap was also received.

A good number of kids were out for the inaugural youth-only firearms deer season. Several first deer, and some nice bucks to boot, were seen and reported harvested.

CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) continued training COC Schneider in station. They spent much of the week working ATV areas and trails.

Small-game hunters have been out in force enjoying the great fall weather. Anglers were checked at area lakes and rivers, as were waterfowl hunters.

CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) and CO Brett Wiltrout worked the youth deer season, small-game hunters, and boat and water enforcement given the warm weather. Phone calls were fielded regarding the youth season and the upcoming regular firearms season. Enforcement action was taken for small-game license violations, trespass violations and not having licenses in possession.

CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) and COC Calie Kunst had a very busy work week with MEA weekend and the youth deer-hunting opener. Multiple Turn in Poachers calls were taken and worked as well, including shooting waterfowl after hours and hunting out of season.

There were many ATV riders out this past weekend, too. Contacts were made with the riders and they were educated on the need to display valid registration and when a juvenile can legally operate an ATV.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) followed up on bear season littering issues. She handled a call of nuisance beavers and assisted the sheriff’s office with wrangling loose horses on a busy county road.

A local farmer contacted her regarding a loose cow that has been out for several nights. The farmer was worried he would get called in for illegal shining as he looked for the cow after legal shining hours.