CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) reports colder weather has started making more ice. Generally, 6-8 inches are being reported with less in a few deep areas of lakes and other historically weak ice locations. Walleye are biting for the few anglers that have been out. Several car kill deer permits were issued. A birch tree cutting complaint and muzzleloader deer complaint were received and investigated. Work continues on a background investigation for a CO applicant. Enforcement action was taken for timber trespass.
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) issued a restoration order for a wetland violation and took complaints of shooting from a motor vehicle and shooting after hours. He continued to check archery and muzzleloader deer hunters and continued work on a background investigation on an applicant for a conservation officer position.
CO Chelsey Best (Remer) worked ice fishing, trapping, muzzleloader, and ATVs. Several cases are still under investigation. A deer shot from the road was investigated and turned over to tribal wardens. Enforcement action was taken for a northern over-limit.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked muzzleloader hunters and ATV?s. Ice conditions continue to be unsafe in the Park Rapids area. An ATV with two individuals went through the ice on a local lake. If fishing cannot be postponed until ice conditions are safer, be sure to bring equipment capable of aiding you when you fall through i.e., ice picks, life jacket, rope, spikes.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring hunting and trapping activity. Muzzleloader hunters reported limited success for the last week of the open season. Lack of snow and ice has limited winter recreation activity. Ice conditions vary greatly in the Longville and Leech Lake area with some open water reported.