Conservation Officer Scott Staples (Carlton) spent time working on a litter complaint where a large amount of garbage was dumped at a DNR parking lot near the Munger Trail. The investigation is ongoing.
A busy end to the firearms deer season ended with enforcement action being taken for failing to validate deer tags, untagged deer and ATV violations.
A search for a person who had outstanding warrants for trespassing, shooting from a motor vehicle at a wild animal, and taking turkey out of season was successful when he was located while he was deer hunting. The warrants were from a case in 2015. The subject was arrested and taken to jail. He was also found not to have a current deer-hunting license, so his gun was seized and he was cited for that violation at the jail.
CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) fielded calls and patrolled the Brookston station for the final week of firearms deer hunting. Trespassing, after-hours shooting and shooting from the road violations were investigated.
Enforcement action was taken for transporting a loaded firearm, no license in possession, and trespassing.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) continued work on the firearms deer season. Some anglers were also checked venturing out on area ice. Calls and complaints of shooting from the road, deer poaching, trespass and baiting were investigated. Hunters reported a slow final week.
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) handled calls and checked hunters through the last week of firearms deer season. Baiting issues, ATV complaints in off hours, shooting from the roadway, and trespassing complaints were the most common issues. Schmidt handled numerous complaints related to dumping of deer carcasses and trespassing in the process.
Ice anglers were checked (when they returned to shore) and a complaint of stolen traps was investigated.
CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) and COC Mikeena Mattson worked big-game enforcement throughout the past week. Fewer hunters were encountered and hunter success varied.
Enforcement action was taken this past week for hunting deer over bait, no blaze orange, no big-game license in possession, chronic wasting disease feeding/attractants ban violations, hunter harassment, trespassing and public waters violations.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) followed up on complaints of baited properties. She checked hunters who reported a very quiet deer season. Speldrich and CO Verkuilen worked the Isle and Willow River stations taking enforcement action for not enough blaze orange. A report of trespass and unsafe handling of a firearm was taken and is being investigated.