CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) responded to a very large bus style RV, towing another vehicle behind it, which had become lost in the Schoolcraft Game Refuge. Due to construction on Hwy 71, the GPS provided an alternate route on very wet, muddy gravel roads. After being escorted to the city of Lake George, the passenger was clearly very relieved and called CO Parthun an ?angel hiding in the woods?. Time was also spent checking waterfowl and small game hunters. Enforcement action was taken for over limits and loaded firearms in a motor vehicle.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked waterfowl hunters. Some hunters reported some tense moments on Leech Lake while waterfowl hunting as a lightning storm passed on opening morning. Blue wing teal and wood ducks were the most seen waterfowl in the bag. Time was spent working on a background investigation for a CO applicant. Two nuisance beaver permits were issued. Enforcement action was taken for no life jackets on a duck boat and failing to have stamps and licenses in possession.
CO Chelsey Best (Remer) spent time during the week scouting and preparing for the waterfowl opener. Small game and ATV issues were also addressed. Enforcement action was taken for waterfowl stamp violations and an unplugged gun. Investigations are also ongoing for a possible stolen ATV case and a felon in possession of a firearm case.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring angling, boating, AIS, hunting and ATV activity. Few anglers reported catching fish this week. Opening waterfowl hunting yielded moderate results, however thunder and lightning limited time on the water. Grouse hunters reported seeing few birds. CO Broughten fielded calls regarding nuisance beaver, trespass, and deer feeding questions.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked the duck opener and made contacts for lead shot, unplugged gun, and no federal stamp. CO Halverson gave a law talk at the Staples FAS class and attended Todd Counties Envirofest Days with 6th graders from area schools.