Conservation Officer Report | Sports & Recreation
The Minnesota DNR provided the following summaries of last week's activities by Conservation Officers:
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reported it was another very busy week throughout the station. Time was spent checking archery deer hunters, small game and waterfowl hunters. A couple of wetland encroachment issues were addressed. The officer assisted with nighttime work detail where two men were arrested for illegal shinning of deer and the driver charged with a DWI. A garbage dumping complaint was also investigated.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent the majority of the week working big game enforcement. Officer Duncan also talked on a local outdoor radio show and discussed the fall seasons work activity. Other activity included working ATV enforcement, returning several calls from the public, office work, and checking some past problem locations for illegal hunting activity.
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) worked shining complaint areas. Follow up on shooting from roadway complaints were investigated. Trespassing complaints have been reported. ATV complaint areas were worked and enforcement action taken.
Sgt. Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked small game hunters north of Duluth. He worked with fellow District 8 officers on night work in Carlton County and checked shore anglers along the French River. Calls are starting to increase on the upcoming firearms deer season.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) attended refresher training at the US Coast Guard Station for day and nighttime enforcement boat operations. ATV violations were checked, and questions answered about upcoming hunting seasons and nuisance bears. A live trap was set for a bear that was seen with a leg-hold trap on its foot. If caught, the trap will be removed from the bear’s foot. Assistance was given to local agencies with burning violations.
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) went through a boat operator recertification training put on by the Coast Guard in Duluth. He also worked waterfowl, angling, boating, and ATV enforcement. He did some research on active cases. He worked a shining detail, where one truck was locating illegally shining with loaded firearms and the driver was intoxicated. Enforcement action taken for big game violations.