District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2016-08-30

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) assisted at Camp Ripley for annual in-service training. Questions were fielded throughout the week regarding bear and deer hunting seasons. Advice was given to homeowners regarding nuisance bears.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working with a COC on step 2 FTO. Officers worked on bear baiting issues in the area and also had several nuisance bear calls where bears were shot for causing damage. Area lakes were checked for fishing and boating activity over the week and weekend and Water related equipment was checked for AIS violations. Annual in-service training was attended during the week and many outdoor law related questions were fielded throughout the week and weekend. ATV activity was monitored throughout the Malmo station and state forest were also monitored for illegal trail activity.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) patrolled area state forests and public lands for bear baiting issues. Off -trail ATV travel into bear baits in state forests remain a problem. Several baits are being monitored for this violation. Speldrich followed up on an abandoned property in a state forest. She assisted with nuisance bear calls where bears were causing crop damage. She assisted the Division of Wildlife with a depredation deer shooting permit and neighbor disputes over the permit.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) and a Conservation Officer Candidate spent much of the week checking bear baiting activity and dealing with nuisance bear. Bear hunters reported baits getting hit often. Some of the bear baiting violations found included unregistered baits, unsigned baits and use of illegal material as bait. Bear hunters were also found using their ATVs in restricted areas while tending their bear baits. Officers also continued to assist farmers with bear that have been destroying corn fields.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent a majority of the week at Camp Ripley for training. He answered a few bear season and nuisance animal questions as well during the week. Other complaints taken were of ATV?s operating on roadways and concerns with hunting methods of a neighbor. Bear opener is coming up on September 1, along with the September 8 deadline for deer season lottery and special area hunt applications. Be sure to get your applications in prior to the deadline.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked area rice beds which are rather thin. A few pickers were out having light picks. Area state forest and WMA?s were patrolled for bear baiting activity and a party camping leaving litter in the state forest was addressed. Time was also spent training at Camp Ripley.