District 10 - Mille Lacs area

Last updated: 2015-10-06

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) worked angling activity including a TIP call resulting in an extra line citation. Small game hunters are reporting similar grouse numbers to last year but very few shots due to leaf cover. Verkuilen also followed up on a shining case, worked on equipment maintenance and attended training.

CO Chris Tetrault (Isle) attended a work detail in the boundary waters. Many people were found enjoying the fall weather. Small game hunters, anglers and waterfowl hunters were checked. Violations that were found were using toxic shot for waterfowl, no federal waterfowl stamp and expired watercraft registration. Other enforcement action included failing to remove a drain plug from a watercraft and possession of marijuana.

CO Scott Fitzgerald (Malmo) reports working waterfowl hunters during the week and weekend. A few hunters had some birds but most felt our northern birds had no come through yet. The Officer assisted at Camp Ripley for Scenario Day for trapping week with the new Conservation Officers. Calls regarding nuisance beaver were fielded and permits were issued. Small game hunters were out enjoying the nice fall weather and most had at least seen a few birds and a few hunters had shot a couple of them. Information on a burning related complaint and illegal use of a truck on a closed trail were followed up on. Assistance was given to a neighboring Officer on a big game related case and permit was issued to a party to allow the party to operate during closed hours during the rifle deer season. A call regarding questions on dogs chasing deer was also fielded. Lots of big game, waterfowl, ATV, OHM, fishing and small game related law questions were fielded throughout the week and weekend. Enforcement action was taken for various waterfowl related violations.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) assisted the Carlton County Sheriff?s deputies with searches of two females believed to be in possession of narcotics. She followed up on a possible public waters violation and issued the responsible party a resource protection notification. Speldrich received information of possible waterfowl hunter harassment, the call was unfounded. She checked small game hunters and ATV operators.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked waterfowl, small game, and bow hunting activities. A law/ethic talk was given to a FAS class, along with assistance in setting up for field day. ATV activity was worked with enforcement action taken for registration issues. Assistance was given to other law enforcement agencies with traffic hazards, road kill animals, and a vehicle roll-over where the suspect fled on foot. CO Starr fielded a 911 call from remote hike-in campers in Kathio State Park who stated they were ?freaking out? and would not leave their tent. CO Starr found the young adult campers, calmed them down around their fire, and walked them out to their vehicle. Some fatherly advice was given about remote camping, avoiding horror movies, and what was causing each ?scary noise? in the forest.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) worked waterfowl hunting activity that included a handful of complaints of hunters attempting to take ducks and geese later than 4pm. A firearms safety field day was held that involved about 45 kids from all around the state. The field day included young hunters from a local, traditional firearms safety class and kids from around the state that completed the online firearms safety class. Other work included investigating complaints of filling a wetland, checking fall anglers and monitoring bear hunting and archery deer hunting.

CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week checking waterfowl and small game hunters. He monitored ATV complaint areas, checked local WMAs, and spent time monitoring anglers and boaters for AIS compliance. Numerous questions were answered about the upcoming deer season and state forest regulations.

CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) patrolled area state forest and wildlife management areas checking archery deer hunters, waterfowl and small game hunters. Hunters reported slow activity on waterfowl. Most hunters were having luck with wood ducks but seeing few mallards. Grouse seem to be in few numbers but archery hunters were seeing a few more deer as fall winds up.