District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2016-10-17

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) reports optimal fall weather brought out an abundance of outdoor users. Plenty of ATVs were on the local trails. Some of which caused a complaint of operation in closed areas. The area lakes are doing well but a lot of docks and boats are getting put away. Officer Verkuilen also checked waterfowl hunters and worked late hunting problem areas.
CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) attended wildfire arson investigation training at Camp Ripley over the week. Several question were fielded regarding the upcoming deer season. Equipment maintenance was conducted and seasonal equipment was either placed in storage or removed from storage for the upcoming winter.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports checking small game hunters throughout the week and weekend. ATV activity was monitored throughout the Malmo station and multiple outdoor law related questions were fielded during the week. The officer assisted a local agency with a call for service and area lakes and ponds were patrolled for waterfowl hunters. Patrol was done in the Solana State Forest for forestry, ATV, and hunting violations. Patrol was done for AIS violations around Mille Lacs Lake and other area lakes and Officer Fitzgerald checked multiple areas for any sign of big game baiting activity.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) worked waterfowl hunters. Reports of early shooting, late shooting, and shooting on open water were investigated. Officer Speldrich assisted with a dispute on an active logging landing in the Nemadji. A large group of recreational ATVers set up camp on the landing. Officer Speldrich received baiting for deer and trespass complaints. She also assisted Forestry with a timber trespass case.
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) met with the county attorney on a current solved case and a pending case. Assistance was given to several agencies this week, including a fatal car crash involving numerous kids on a school bus. Car kill bear and deer permits were issued, along with advice on nuisance critters. Pheasant season opener was non-eventful with very few hunters observed chasing roosters. A trespass situation was also handled in which common sense and respectful behavior would have solved the issue before it needed law enforcement?s assistance. A good reminder for outdoor enthusiasts to respect private property.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) had an increase in trespassing calls that normally coincides with the increase in fall hunting activity. Hunters found attempting to access private property without permission were dealt with and educated about the importance of putting in the sufficient effort and research prior to a hunting trip. Waterfowl hunting activity continued with a noticeable increase in the number of geese passing through the area.
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) worked ATV and deer season complaints this week. He spent time answering numerous questions about the upcoming deer season and trespassing. CO Wynn issued several nuisance beaver and deer possession permits through the week and checked anglers over the weekend.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) took a call of an elk and mule deer being transported whole in the back of a pickup. The reporting party thought the animals were fresh but in fact turned out to be finished head mounts from a taxidermy shop. A fair number of hunters were seen out chasing grouse and checking out deer hunting areas. A lack of ducks in the area has made hunter interest shift toward other game species. Assistance was given on a call for service to the local sheriff?s department.