Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Conservation Officer Jacob Willis (Brookston) patrolled the station for muzzleloader and trapping activity. Small-game hunters were seen still in the field. Trespassing issues are being investigated and enforcement action was taken for violations during the Jay Cooke State Park special hunt. CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) followed up on firearms deer season cases and worked muzzleloader deer-hunting activity. Anglers were checked, with ice conditions reportedly improving daily.
Conservation Officer Scott Staples (Carlton) assisted with updated computer training for local officers. Both he and K9 Schody attended detection certification where they were tested and certified for another year. Assistance was given at a local state park where there were possible hikers overdue. Everything turned out fine. Complaints of boating and waters violations were investigated.
Patrols were conducted in area state parks and the Fond du Lac State Forest, where temporary road and trail closures are now in effect. Humphrey presented former Cloquet area firearms safety instructor Bernie Sundeen with a 30-year length of service award. CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) checked area lakes for anglers but found very few. State forest trail and road closures are in effect for the Pine County area. Please refer to the DNR website for more information.
When anglers talk about the fishing opener, they usually mean the May opener for walleye, pike, bass, and trout in lakes. However, at this point in the year fishing is already open for species that are popular among anglers all year, like crappie, bluegill and trout in streams.
Although the disease is transmitted primarily from bat to bat, people can inadvertently carry fungal spores to other caves on clothing and caving gear.
Deer hunters will soon head out to the fields and forests in anticipation of the firearms deer opener that gets underway a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 7. “Many hunters look forward to deer season all year as a way to enjoy nature and the outdoors, and reconnect with family,” said Steve Merchant, wildlife populations and regulations program manager with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Hunters also enjoy seeing deer, and the good news is there should be more deer out there this year.”