Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 8 - Duluth area

Last updated: 2017-11-20

CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) continued to work deer hunters through the last week of season. Baiting complaints, trespassing issues, shooting from roadway, and deer dumping complaints were handled. Poor weather during the week kept hunters at bay, but some deer were seen. Enforcement action was taken for illegal party hunting, various tagging issues, blaze orange, and shooting from roadway.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth East) spent the week working the firearm deer season. This included responding to several calls for service and following up on deer hunting related complaints. CO Duncan checked many hunters throughout the deer season and with the exception of a few, people were happy and having fun. Several nights were worked in areas where deer shining activity has happened in the past. Some of the violations that were encountered during the week included unlawful party hunting, lending and borrowing licenses, trespass, deer shining, and shooting from within the road right-a-way.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) continued with firearms deer season work which resulted in enforcement action for unlawful party hunting, lending license, failing to register deer, illegal transportation, transporting loaded firearms, and other license related violations. Baiting issues continued to be addressed. Hunter numbers thinned out the last week of the season. CO Humphrey assisted Lt. Speldrich with a commercial forest product theft case. Phone calls continued with questions and concerns dealing with various topics including unethical and un-sportsmanlike action and behavior from other hunters. Some hard water anglers were venturing out on thin ice this weekend. Caution is highly advised.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports seeing several successful deer hunters over the firearms deer season. This past week complaints of shining deer and trespassing were investigated. Advice was given on calls of a dead deer found in someone?s yard and a deer seen with a broken leg. A complaint of deer parts that were dumped on private property was investigated. Some time was spent patrolling area state parks. Enforcement contacts were made for shining deer, ATV violations, and no vehicle permit in a state park.

Brookston vacant.