District 8 - Duluth area
Last updated: 2016-09-26
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth East) checked grouse and waterfowl hunters over the weekend. Very few grouse were taken, but many hunters had success with waterfowl. ATV activity and archery deer hunters were also worked. Night deer shining complaint areas were monitored, calls were taken and complaints were investigated.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) checked anglers and area hunters for the waterfowl opener. A slow opener was observed and reported with mostly wood ducks and mallards taken. Some anglers were reporting a good bite on pan fish. CO Humphrey investigated complaints involving use of motorized decoys, trespass, commercial bough harvesting, hunter harassment and an illegal taking of a deer. An investigation into untagged commercial minnow traps was completed. Patrols into the FDL State Forest and Sawyer WMA were conducted. CO Humphrey assisted State Patrol with a car/deer incident. CO Humphrey assisted CO?s Staples and Schmidt with the Cloquet area firearms safety classes. Violations for ATV operation, various waterfowl equipment and licensing, unlawful possession of firearm while archery deer hunting, and miscellaneous drug possession/paraphernalia were encountered.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) spoke to a firearm safety class in Cloquet and finished an investigation into a complaint of a wolf that killed a cow. Several other animal complaints were dealt with in the area as well such as nuisance bear, dead bear on the interstate, issuing a permit for a car killed turkey, checking on an injured bald eagle, issued a nuisance beaver permit, and dogs chasing deer. A TIP call of a hunter hunting waterfowl past legal hours was investigated and enforcement action was taken for hunting after hours and possessing toxic shot.
CO Andy Schmidt (West Duluth) spent most of the week working small game and archery deer hunters. ATV trails and complaint areas were worked. Waterfowl opener was busy and hunters had some success. Late shooting complaints were worked over the weekend. Nuisance bear complaints were common this week. Officer Schmidt assisted with a firearm safety class in Cloquet.