District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2016-11-28

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked hunters on opening weekend of muzzleloader deer season. Trappers were out in full force as additional species opened up and open water is extending the use of water sets. Officer Verkuilen also checked ATV traffic and answered questions regarding the Mille Lacs ice opener.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working big game hunters over the weekend. Calls of a dead deer in someone?s yard and other possible illegal activity was investigated. Several car kill deer permits were issued and a call of dog?s possibly chasing deer was passed on to the officer for that area. Assistance was given to a local agency with a possible overturned boat on an area lake and many outdoor law related questions were answered throughout the week and weekend. Patrol was done for ATV and snowmobile traffic throughout the Malmo station and several waterfowl hunters were also checked. A snowmobile trespass complaint was also investigated during the week.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked on deer season carcass dumping activity and other issues related to leaving property on WMA areas. Duck hunters were observed and checked, with very few ducks in the bag. Enforcement action was taken for transporting loaded gun, no federal waterfowl stamp, unsigned stamp, and shooting from motor vehicle. A hunter harassment complaint was work in which Officer Starr basically refereed two neighbors as they aired out disagreements. Luckily the situation got better and hopefully the neighbors can build a better relationship in the future. A reminder to folks that come across road kill or road injured deer; you need permission from some sort of law enforcement authority or dispatch to take the deer.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) continued to follow up on cases from the firearms deer season and monitored archery and muzzleloader hunting activity. Trapping activity was slower than normal with the unusually warm weather. A lack of cold temperatures also continued to keep area lakes open and a small handful of anglers were out trying their luck with very late, open water fishing.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked small game and archery hunters during the week and weekend. A few duck hunters were out trying open water hunting on Mille Lacs Lake. Time was also spent investigating a baiting complaint.