District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2016-06-21

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) patrolled and increase in lake activity as schools get out and tourists? season picks up. As the water warms up there is more tubing and ski activity. Boaters are reminded to wrap it up one-half hour earlier than past years. Verkuilen also patrolled the Rum River where the majority of anglers either didn?t bring or had not purchased a fishing license.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) assisted with training at Camp Ripley with the new COCs. The officer spoke at a 4H youth camp about wildlife and the role of conservation officers. Anglers and boaters were checked on area lakes for safety and compliance. Questions were answered regarding fishing and boating laws.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports assisting at the CO Academy during the week where cadets learned fishing laws. The Officer also ran a LaserShot System at the Lakes and Rivers Fair in Aitkin where lots of kids and adults tried the system. Calls regarding nuisance bear and possible wolf depredation were fielded during the week. Time was also spent patrolling area lakes for fishing and boating activity. The Officer patrolled area state and county land for ATV activity and for any forestry violations. Lots of outdoor law related questions were answered throughout the week and weekend.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) followed up on investigations and patrolled area lakes for boaters and anglers. She also monitored boat traffic for AIS violations.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) continued to assist landowners with nuisance bear problems. Lakes were busy with increased jet skiing and water skiing activity due to hot weather and warming lake temperatures. Patrolling of area lakes found several instances of boats without required PFDs, missing watercraft safety equipment, unregistered boats, unsafe operation of watercraft and fishing without required licenses. Time was also spent instructing boating and fishing enforcement at the ongoing Conservation Officer Academy.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) took numerous calls on nuisance and dead animals throughout the week. Bears are starting to invade yards looking for an easy meal. Put birdfeeders, grills, and any other food source away that may be attracting bears. Warm weather continues to increase the weed growth on area lakes. Boaters are reminded to clean off trailers pull plugs, and drain water prior to leaving the access.