District 8 - Duluth area

Last updated: 2015-11-24

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) and COC spent the week checking deer hunters, enforcing ATV laws and checking traps. The third weekend of deer season wrapped up with mild success and freezing temperatures. The COs worked a baiting/late shooting detail. The COs also worked on forestry and WCA complaints. Enforcement action was taken during the week for various ATV violations.

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports several phone calls were fielded from hunter with some last minute Firearm deer hunting questions. Reports of people dumping deer carcasses were also frequent. The officer helped with a poaching detail that was carried out in the area. Calls regarding injured deer and requests for car killed possession were also handled.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) continued working firearm deer season. Hunters were check while in the field and visited at hunting camps. Continued follow-up on complaints were investigated. Several calls were returned and office work also required attention. Several locations of deer carcass dumping were investigated for possible litter charges.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) continued deer season work throughout the week. CO Humphrey assisted district officers in a work detail for night time deer shining and poaching activity. CO Humphrey also investigated trespassing, unlawful party hunting, road hunting, and baiting complaints. Hunters who toughed out the weather over the last weekend had mixed results but reported more deer movement with the colder temperatures. CO Humphrey turned in evidence and worked on reports from the previous week. Big game and ATV violations were encountered

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) reports that several contacts were made to close out the firearms deer season. Complaints and enforcement action were taken for borrow/lend licenses, trespassing, fail to register, dogs chasing deer, baiting, litter and deer stands left in Wildlife Management Areas. While checking one hunting camp, a hunter was returning from his stand and noticed the officer talking with another member of the camp. What he didn?t notice, is that the officer saw him as well as the grouse he was holding in his hand. The man hid the grouse behind a tree and walked into the camp. His license was checked and then he was questioned why he would do such a thing. His response was because he didn?t have a small game license, he wasn?t getting a deer, and he was hungry. The bird was in rough shape because he shot it with his .30-06 deer rifle but the man claimed it was still edible. The grouse was seized and he was cited for hunting small game without a license. There are still ongoing investigations into unlawful party hunting, illegal stands, and tagging violations from the deer season.