Conservation Officer Report | Sports & Recreation
The Minnesota DNR prepared the following summaries of recent activities by Conservation Officers:
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reported local duck populations seemed to have dropped off sharply during the last week with very few ducks being seen in the bag. A few license violations were once again encountered with a couple waterfowl hunters. Please double check all licenses when purchasing and never assume that the licensing clerk has sold you the correct one. Another hunting over bait case was made during the week. It doesn’t matter that hunting over bait is legal in other states since it’s illegal here. An illegally killed bear was investigated.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) attended a leadership training class that lasted two days. A few nights were worked focusing on night deer shining activity. Field work during the day consisted of small game, archery deer, and waterfowl enforcement. The office phone was very busy with lots of questions.
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) worked TIP complaints regarding shining and shooting from the roadway. Area waterfowl lakes were worked and most hunters were reporting success. ATV complaint areas were worked. The officer followed up on depredation complaints.
Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended in-service training at Camp Ripley. He worked night work with fellow District 8 officers for shining activates. He also worked on season ending maintenance items.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended in-service training at Camp Ripley. Fisheries management items were handled for the upcoming cisco netting season, and ATV violations checked in St Louis County. Hunting-related questions were answered. Enforcement action was taken for ATV and angling violations.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended fall in-service training. The CO worked angling, boating, hunting, ATV, and shining activity. Enforcement action was taken for ATV and waterfowl violations.