Conservation Officer Report | Sports & Recreation
The Minnesota DNR provided the following summaries of recent activities by Conservation Officers:
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reported it seemed more ducks than usual were in the Duluth area for the opening day hunt. Some hunters complained there weren’t enough duck hunters to keep the ducks moving. Only a few license issues were found while checking duck hunters. A report of a wolf, “Too close for comfort” at an area residence was received. Several ATV violations were encountered during the past weekend. A dumping complaint was also investigated.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) focused enforcement efforts on fall hunting activities. Opening waterfowl season had many people out trying their luck at the resident duck population. Many people were also checked hunting grouse, deer, and operating ATVs. Night shining complaint areas were also worked during the week. Officers Schmidt and Duncan found one individual hunting that resulted in several violations and a couple could include felony charges. Officer Duncan also assisted with a couple car crashes, with one resulting in a State Hwy being shut down for a couple hours while emergency responders and air medical assisted the injured. Officer Duncan also assisted local officers with TIP calls, returned several calls from the public, spoke at a firearms safety class, gave a safety presentation to Minnesota Power employees, and assisted area officers with the wall of shame that was on display at a local (MDHA) Minnesota Deer Hunters banquet.
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) spent the week focusing enforcement efforts on opening waterfowl hunting, archery deer hunting, grouse hunting, and ATV activity. Officer Schmidt also followed up on several calls during the week that required on site interviews and continued investigations. Illegal night shining complaint areas were worked with one individual being charged with several violations and possibly a felony. Officer Schmidt also assisted with a head on car crash that resulted in serious injuries that required air medical for transport to the hospital.
Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked small game hunters inland. Worked on equipment maintenance items. Moved equipment to the regional office. Fielded calls on the upcoming firearms deer season.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked more anglers making use of the nice weather to fit in a late season weekend on the lake. A new ATV trail corridor was checked in Lake County, and questions answered about small game licensure for youth hunters. A meeting was attended in St. Paul, and assistance given to local agencies with burning violations. Enforcement action was taken for forestry and ATV violations.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended NASBLA Officer Water Survival training. It was a very good training. The CO also checked bear hunters, duck hunters, and anglers. Enforcement action was taken for license violations.