Conservation Officer Report: Snow Helps Muzzleloader Hunters | Sports & Recreation
The Minnesota DNR provided the following summaries of last week's activities by Conservation Officers:
Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) reports with the recent snowfall and more winter like temps the muzzleloader hunters enjoyed plenty of tracking snow. Several hunters checked over the weekend reported a slow start to the season. Snowmobile activity has started with the new snow. Calls and questions wrapped up from the firearms deer season. He assisted with cars in the ditch due to the slippery road conditions.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent time wrapping up cases from deer season. A grant application was completed. Commercial and charter fishing violations were handled, and the season wrapped up for those operators as well. An early snowfall greeted marten/fisher trappers and muzzleloader hunters with some fresh tracking snow. Enforcement action was taken for ATV and commercial violations.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent the week checking commercial fishermen, checked some shore fishermen on Lake Superior, and worked on paperwork from the deer season. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports that time was spent following up on cases from the Firearms Deer Season. Another archery hunter was caught hunting over a baited area and will lose his hunting privileges for the next year. A few snowmobiles were seen traveling in the ditches and along roadway. Please use extreme caution as there are lots of hidden hazards discovered at the start of every new snowmobile season.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (NE) worked with local SWCD folks on a new wetland violation and issued a deed restriction on a current violation. Officer Scott assisted a local officer in a site visit on private property where some of the landowners had started to improve their lake property with a boat ramp and camping pads. DNR Waters was notified and the site visit confirmed the potential violation in public waters. Ongoing work with the landowners and St. Louis County Planning and Zoning are in progress. Another public waters violation was found during the regular firearms deer season where someone built an ATV bridge over a trout stream to gain access to hunting land that was locked out from the summer rain event. St. Louis County Land Department and DNR waters are working together to resolve the issue.