District 8 - Duluth area
Last updated: 2014-10-21
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) followed up on complaints of trespassing and enforcement action was taken. Time was spent checking small game and waterfowl hunters. Trapping questions were plentiful and beaver complaints were handled. ATV complaints continue and complaint areas were patrolled.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) worked duck hunters during the week. Complaints of hunters shooting after hours were received. Reports of scaup are being reported by area duck hunters now coming into the area. Good numbers of grouse are being seen in hand by area bird hunters. The officer participated in some nighttime work that focused on illegal shinning. Several traps were located and removed by someone trapping out of season.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) continued field training in the final phase with a COC. Officers patrolled area for small game and waterfowl hunters and were happy to report good compliance to the laws and regulations. Officers spent time investigating deer baiting complaints. A partially submerged boat was found, abandoned on an area lake, and an investigation into who left it has begun. Numerous questions relating to wildlife complaints and upcoming deer season regulations were answered.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked a tip call where someone was reportedly killing a deer and only taking the antlers. Turns out it was a car kill deer that was no longer good and one person took the antlers. People are reminded that permits or licenses are required to possess protected game animals. Small game hunters are showing some success in the area. Time was spent patrolling area state forests where enforcement action was taken for failing to stop for stop signs, operate on closed trails and registration violations. K9 training continues with K9 Schody with emphasis going toward article searching and tracking.
WREO Mike Scott spent the week working on background investigations for DNR Enforcement.