Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2017-11-20

CO Darrin Kittelson (Int?l Falls) reports end of deer season ended relatively slow with minimal success by hunters. People are reminded to dispose of deer carcasses in the legal manner, instead of dumping them along the public roads. Enforcement action for the week included operate ATV during closed hours, fail to validate tag, and burning prohibited materials.

CO John Slatinski (International Falls #2) reports the second week of the firearms deer season in the northern part of the state saw much less activity than the previous week, with many hunting camps found to be empty. Carcass dumping complaints continue to be heard. Calls were fielded in regards to nuisance animals, and possession permits requested for car killed deer. CO Slatinski encountered his first ice anglers for the year who were happy to be on the ice despite lack of cooperation from the fish. An assist request to help locate a missing hunter had a happy ending with the individual located safe and unharmed. The site of a prohibited materials burning complaint was visited with the responsible party contacted.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports a quiet end to the deer season. Complaint areas were monitored. Assistance was given to the sheriff?s office. Hunting camps were visited and concerns expressed about the lack of deer. Early fisher/pine marten trapping areas were monitored.

CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked deer hunters this past week and followed up on several hunting complaints. He also took multiple phone calls on deer regulations and checked some trapping activity.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) reports the final week of deer season was fairly busy and the officer was still seeing deer being harvested. The officer assisted deputies and BIA officers with a suicidal female that was hiding in the woods. She was found with some minor injuries and was transported by ambulance. The officer assisted the county and state patrol with a lost hunter. The hunter had been missing since sunset, five hours earlier. The hunter finally was able to find a trail out in the early morning hours. The hunter was extremely exhausted but otherwise unharmed. The officer also assisted CO Velsvaag and CO Frericks with a case involving the theft of 80 plus hides from donation boxes. The individual is facing charges.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked a busy final week of deer season and a number of complaints. Deer baiting and shooting from the roadway dominated the list including a case where a couple hunted over bait, failed to register one of the two deer shot over it, and failed to properly tag one deer. Unlawful party hunting was also handled. The officer found a spruce top theft in progress on state land, followed by the suspect fleeing from the officer on a snowmobile. The suspect was tracked by the officer and then fled on foot. He was arrested when he was found hiding in the brush. Enforcement action was taken on attempt to take over-limit of deer, unlawful party hunting, borrow a license, hunt over bait, fail to validate site tag, fail to register deer, shoot deer from the roadway, operate ATV during the closed hours, flee an officer in a motor vehicle, flee on foot, transport decorative materials without a permit, theft, and trespass.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) wrapped up the final week of the firearms deer season by checking hunters. Violations of hunting deer over a baited area, transporting loaded firearms in a motor vehicle, and taking deer from the roadway were addressed. Almost all area lakes have frozen over and some ice anglers have ventured out onto the lakes.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) wrapped up the hunting season with violations of trespass shooting within 500 feet of a residence, shoot from roadway, fail to register, and no license in possession. CO Fredin noted hunter numbers down from week one. Most report seeing lots of does and fawns and some bucks were harvested.