CO Chelsey Best (Remer) finished up the last week of the regular firearms deer season taking enforcement action for some license and registration issues as well as a deer over-limit case. An adult wolf was also successfully released from a snare set in the Crosslake station.
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) followed up on deer season cases. A large nearly 500 lb black bear was hit by a car outside of Staples.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) followed up on additional deer hunting information from the rifle deer season. Officer Hunter received information of an untagged deer which resulted in an over- limit of deer. CO Hunter also took a call of a possible hunting over bait issue.
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) worked another week focusing mostly on firearms deer hunting issues. Trespassing complaints, over-limits of deer, taking big game without a license, and failure to tag big game were included. CO Parthun checked the first ice fishing shelters of the season, as many lakes were frozen over.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring hunting and trapping activity. Deer hunters reported limited success for the closing week of firearm deer season. CO Broughten investigated complaints of hunter harassment and illegal party hunting. CO Broughten investigated multiple complaints of dead deer. In most cases, it appeared hunters did a poor job of tracking. CO Broughten also observed his first ice fishermen of the season, however recent weather has reopened some of the smaller lakes. Larger bodies of water are still open.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) continued to work deer hunting investigations. Time was also spent working on a background investigation for a conservation officer applicant.