CO Darrin Kittelson (Int?l Falls) reports opening of waterfowl season was uneventful with few hunters and very limited success observed in area. Fishermen on Rainy Lake were finding similar results as the duck hunters. Animal complaints were handled along with attending a meeting with USEPA, USCOE, Koochiching Co. SWCD, and Environmental Services in regards to a wetland violation from 2013. Enforcement action taken included possession of toxic shot while waterfowl hunting, unplugged shotgun, no Type IV throwable PFD, and illegal transport of filleted walleye while on water.
CO John Slatinski (International Falls #2) reports time was spent following up on illegal litter and dumping in various areas around the station. Fishing activity has slowed in the area as other outdoor opportunities begin. Waterfowl hunters were checked with a fair success rate noted on opener and few hunters had limited success on Sunday. Violations included unplugged shotgun, lack of safety equipment, license violations, registration issues, and illegal ATV operation.
CO Colleen Adam (Ray) worked the waterfowl opener. Ducks are available if you were willing to work for them between the rain and thunderstorms. One thoughtless hunter breasted their bounty and left the remains for small game hunters to find. Grouse hunters are grousing about the lack of birds. CO Adam also assisted with a water emergency. Thank you to all who assisted and the Good Samaritan that gave this officer a taxi ride. Work continues on another over limit fish investigation. Reminder to visitors please read the Fishing Regulations regarding daily possession limits for the species you are targeting.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) monitored public access sites, ATV?s, fishing, boating, and hunting activities.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) reports there were a number of beaver complaints to deal with. The officer checked waterfowl hunters but did not see many ducks being harvested. The officer is also investigating a deer taken out of season.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked small game hunters, the waterfowl opener, ATV?s, taught a Firearm?s Safety Class in Cherry, handled a waterfowl hunting complaint, assisted Hibbing PD with a disorderly subject and the St Louis County SO with a suspicious person call. Forest decorative tree theft complaints began coming in and are being worked. Two duck hunters had a number of violations, including shooting and possessing a cormorant. No PFD?s while duck hunting from a boat was a common theme for the opening weekend. Enforcement action was taken on take non-game migratory bird, possess toxic shot, no small game license, unsigned federal duck stamp, no small game license in possession, no PFD?s, no angling license in possession, and ATV violations.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) attended training for the enforcement divisions newly formed Honor Guard. Area duck hunters were out in full force on the opening weekend of duck season. A few local ducks and geese were taken. Enforcement action was taken for unsigned federal stamps and transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) checked waterfowl hunters and most killed more mosquitos than ducks. Teal and wood ducks seemed to be the main birds in the area. Grouse continue to be few and not many archery hunters out due to warm weather. A litter of a deer carcass was taken care of along with a shooting complaint