District 10 - Mille Lacs area
Last updated: 2013-12-03
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) finished up some firearm deer season investigations and checked the first ice anglers of the year. Most area lakes have frozen over and there has been some limited ATV traffic on the ice. There are obviously still many areas of ice that is unsafe for any type of travel and still some areas of open water.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports monitoring trapping and small game hunting activity during the past week and weekend. A few muzzleloader deer hunters were checked over the weekend but most reported not seeing many deer but commented that the weather was much nicer than it was during the Firearms Deer Season. Some anglers were checked on area lakes but it is a good reminder to remember that ice conditions can vary and can be dangerous this time of year. A TIP complaint of an illegal trapping set and debris left in a WMA were investigated. The Officer also completed paperwork from the Firearms Deer Season and dropped reports off at the County Attorney?s Office and a wetlands violation was discussed with a Local Gov?t Unit (LGU). A call of a deer stuck in a fence along a highway was also fielded. Enforcement action or the week included various big game violations.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked fishermen on smaller lakes which had about 5 inches of ice on them. Caution is still recommended in and around most areas where water currents create thin ice. Fishermen checked seemed to be doing well on crappies. Time was spent on follow up from the deer season. A TIP complaint involving multiple deer shot during and before season was investigated.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent a short Thanksgiving work week by finishing up cases from deer season. He also spent time monitoring ice conditions, and responding to complaints regarding deer carcasses being dumped. Ice conditions are getting better with 3-6 inches being found on area lakes.
WREO Rob Haberman worked on WCA cases in his work area. WREO Haberman also worked on public water cases and Aquatic Plant Management (APM) cases in his work area.
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) had reports from various DNR licensing vendors that this is the busiest muzzleloader season they have had in years as far as license sales. Muzzleloading deer hunters did appear to be out heavily over the weekend. Trapping lines were checked to ensure traps were being set in compliance with the laws. Several anglers were checked on surrounding lakes and on Mille Lacs Lake. Ice conditions vary in different areas; please be cautious when you venture onto the ice. Law enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, trapping for bobcat and fisher out of season, and other additional trapping violations.
Onamia - vacant.