District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2015-11-24

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked deer hunters and their ATVs during the second week of Zone 1. Trespassing complaints were addressed for both deer and small game hunters. Trappers were out adjusting their sets as the ice formed and preparing for fisher season next weekend.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working the last week and weekend of the 2015 Firearms Deer season. A few hunters made it out with the colder weather and a few deer were seen taken. Calls regarding shooting to close to a residence, hunter harassment and road hunting complaints were investigated. Waterfowl hunters were also checked throughout the week. Questions regarding big game hunting, trapping, fishing, and waterfowl related law questions were fielded throughout the week and weekend. Enforcement action was taken for big game violations.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) assisted the Carlton County Sheriff?s Office with a pursuit of a vehicle. Speldrich followed up on baiting cases, late night shooting complaints and operating ATVs during closed hours. She investigated a complaint of a deer shot on agricultural land where no one had permission to hunt. Blood and vehicle tracks were located on the complainant?s property and followed to a neighboring house. It was discovered that the neighbor had assisted a local cattle farmer with corralling and dispatching a loose heifer that had almost been hit by a car.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) finished out the deer season with very few deer harvested in most areas. Enforcement action was taken for lending/borrowing deer tag, taking a fawn in bucks only area, and leaving property in the WMA. Waterfowl hunters had some success just before freeze up, but ice is not safe for walking on. CO Starr seized an opportunity to bring some venison to a Mille Lacs Tribal Elder who can no longer hunt. Muskie fishermen were still breaking ice to search for the elusive state record.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) and a COC continued to work the firearms deer season. Multiple violations were encountered with enforcement action being taken for operation of ATV?s outside of the allowed times, hunters without their firearms tags in possession, and no small game licenses. An individual harvested a deer and had forgotten his firearms license at home. Education was provided about the importance of being in possession of the proper licenses, enforcement action was taken. CO Grundmeier and the COC were also able to complete commercial inspections at a local game farm and taxidermist.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent a majority of the week checking deer hunting activity. He also assisted the Pine County Sheriff?s Department and State Patrol with several calls during the week including a vehicle pursuit, alarm, and located a vehicle alerted for a welfare check. Numerous questions were answered regarding trespassing, licensing, registering deer, ATV operation, and dogs running at large.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) patrolled area state forest and WMAs. Conditions during the week limited hunter success. A few duck hunters were out before smaller potholes and smaller lakes froze over. Most reported seeing few ducks. A trespass case was completed, road kill tags issued and various deer hunting complaints were investigated.