District 8 - Duluth area

Last updated: 2016-02-09

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) continued checking anglers on area lakes and patrolling area snowmobile trails. Trails were in good condition and being groomed. Schmidt spent on a trapping complaint and updated newly issued equipment. Schmidt attended department wide training at Camp Ripley.

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) spent time investigating several trapping complaints in the area. Snowmobile trails still remain in good shape and plenty of enthusiasts are out enjoying the mild winter. Division wide training and award ceremony was attended at Camp Ripley.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) continued to work winter fishing and snowmobile enforcement. Duncan attended division wide training, continued a small game investigation and received calls of protected animals destroying livestock.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) checked angling activity and worked snowmobile enforcement throughout the week. Area anglers were reporting mixed results with pan fish and northern pike. Ice conditions are averaging 12-16 inches, but showing signs of slush on some lakes. Snowmobile activity observed was moderate. Trail conditions were generally very good with lots of positive comments from snowmobilers. CO Humphrey attended in-service training and an armorer?s recertification at Camp Ripley during the week. CO Humphrey followed up with forestry officials on a contested suppression billing which was settled out of court. Angling, snowmobile and ATV violations were encountered.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) attended training at Camp Ripley with other officers in the state. A talk was given to a college class at Fond Du Lac College about the job duties and hiring process to become a Conservation Officer. Vintage snowmobile permits were signed for local vintage snowmobile riders in the area. Staples continued follow up on older cases from this past deer season.