District 8 - Duluth area

Last updated: 2014-11-18

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) followed up on complaints of trespassing, shoot from the roadways and ATV operation during closed hours. Enforcement action was taken for transporting loaded firearms and ATV violations.

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports colder temperatures appeared to curtail hunters. Complaints of ATV operation during closed periods and hunters hunting from motor vehicles are being reported and investigated. During the week, Hanzal assisted the county in locating a missing person. A deer was discovered illegally shot by an archer and just left to rot near Basswood road in Duluth. If you have any information about these senseless and illegal killing please call.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) continues to work the firearm deer season. Many hunting shacks were checked during the week. Investigations from TIP?s and proactive work continued. Complaint areas of shooting from the road and night shining of deer were concentrated on during the week. Many telephone calls were also received.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) continued to follow up on active investigations from deer season. These investigations included shooting from the roadway, illegal shining activity, trespass, shooting from a motor vehicle, hunting over bait, illegal ATV use and failing to validate a deer license. Officer Humphrey also fielded several calls regarding deer permit areas and what was legal to take.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports snow and cold has slowed the deer hunting activity in the area. Several hunters are reporting that they are seeing very few deer. Enforcement action was taken for license violations and complaints of hunting over bait and shining are being investigated. One hunter was stopped while operating his ATV against traffic, after dark, on Highway 23 and with no lights on. After getting him stopped and questioning his driving actions, he was found to be intoxicated and was arrested for DUI.

WREO Mike Scott worked with DNR Forestry on a forestry trespass issue on state land for timber theft and WCA issues for the trespass; investigation is ongoing. Checked deer hunters in the St. Louis/Carlton County areas. Very low hunter success reported and seen, but spirts were still high. A shooting from the road complaint was investigated with other officers and enforcement action was taken for not validating deer tag at site of kill.