District 8 - Duluth area

Last updated: 2016-09-19

CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) spent much of the week working TIP complaints for archery deer hunting. Time was spent working small game opener and archery deer opener. ATV trails and complaint areas were worked. Phone calls regarding nuisance bears, skunks and raccoons were plentiful. Officer Schmidt assisted with the Carlton County MDHA Banquet.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth East) continued working bear hunting enforcement. Other activities included fishing and ATV enforcement work. Opening of small game and archery deer was worked over the weekend. Many hunters were talked with over the weekend. Several calls were also retuned during the week.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) checked area hunters on small game opener. Mixed results were observed and reported. Mosquitos were plentiful. Most hunters were excited to be out. CO Humphrey followed up on several previous complaints and received some new ones. An investigation into several untagged traps is ongoing. Livestock depredation complaints continued this week. Patrols into the FDL state forest and Sawyer WMA were conducted. CO Humphrey attended the Carlton Chapter MDHA banquet assisting other officers with the laser shot, answering questions, and providing information & education.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) spoke to a Seeking Careers in Criminal Justice Class about the duties and hiring process of a conservation officer. CO Staples also attended the annual MN Deer Hunters Association Banquet in Carlton. Nuisance complaints on bears and beavers were received and advice was given on how to deal with them as well as a permit to remove some of the beaver. Some small game hunters were checked on the opening weekend with a fair number of grouse being seen. Not a lot being harvested because of the thick foliage in the woods. Enforcement action was taken for various ATV and angling violations.