CO Nick Prachar (Brookston) reports a busy waterfowl opener. Enforcement action was taken for no plug in a shotgun, no federal stamp, no PFDs in a duck boat, and DWI on an ATV. Remember to check your duck boat for safety equipment before venturing out to your favorite hunting grounds and remove all vegetation before transporting it on the roadway.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth East) spent the first part of the week working fishing, small game, and ATV enforcement. A public waters complaint continues to be investigated and the weekend was spent working the waterfowl opener in the mornings and then back to fishing, small game, and ATV enforcement work.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) worked off highway vehicle and hunting enforcement over the weekend. Waterfowl hunters were greeted with unseasonably warm weather and few ducks. Some hunters said it was the worst opener they could remember. A few teal, wood ducks, and mallards were observed. CO Humphrey received a call where a domestic dog was attacked by a timber wolf in the Cloquet area. USDA Wildlife services were called to assist. The dog suffered minor injuries. CO Humphrey took calls/questions on tree stand construction, safety classes/certification, antlerless permits, walleye tagging, and nuisance bear. CO Humphrey attended LEMA honor guard training at Camp Ripley. Patrols were conducted in the Fond du Lac state forest and local wildlife management areas. Violations encountered for unplugged shotgun, no federal waterfowl stamp, no license in possession, OHV equipment, and registration
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) assisted with a search for a lost hunter in the Nemadji Forest. Time was spent working the local MN Deer Hunters banquet in Carlton. CO Staples attended the ATVAM rally in Moose Lake where several clubs and other ATV enthusiasts were accompanied on trail rides in the area. Assistance was given to a work detail in the Carlos Avery WMA on waterfowl opener. Enforcement action was taken for trespassing and failing to make an effort to retrieve waterfowl.