District 8 - Duluth area

Last updated: 2014-12-16

CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) spent time working local lakes for ice anglers. Trespassing complaints were investigated and one resulted in an untagged deer violation. ATV complaints on snowmobile trails were investigated. The officer checked traps and handled incidental catch reports.

CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reported good ice conditions remain on most area lakes despite the recent warm up, however the melting snow has made things very slippery. Lots of anglers checked throughout the week. Most having a least a few fish in the bucket. Several trapping violations were located and investigation continues. The lack of snow in the area has made snowmobiling nearly impossible.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) spent time working fishing enforcement on area lakes. Work on a control zone for wolf depredation was completed. Follow up on a trapping case was also completed and time was spent working on a trespass complaint. Officer Duncan also gave a presentation at a snowmobile safety class.

CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) checked angling activity on several area lakes throughout the week. Ice on area lakes has been averaging 12 inches. CO Humphrey followed up with an interview on a trapping case resulting in charges for unlawful taking of a fisher and failing to report an incidental catch. CO Humphrey completed a deer baiting case from muzzleloader season processing evidence. CO Humphrey, with assistance from CO Schmidt, responded to a muzzleloader trespassing complaint which resulted in a citation for an untagged deer. CO Humphrey spoke to a snowmobile safety class at Cloquet High School and gave a Conservation Officer Career presentation to Civilian Conservation Corps members at the Cloquet Forestry Center. CO Humphrey received two injured deer calls and an incidental fisher catch reported by a local trapper.

WREO Mike Scott checked season end muzzleloader hunters in the Duluth area; warm weather and dense fog kept most hunters out of the woods. Trappers were checked as well as several traps. Work on WCA issue for DNR Forestry is ongoing, as well as work with CN RR.