District 8 - Duluth area

Last updated: 2016-10-27

CO Caleb Silgjord (Brookston) spent time during the week patrolling the station for small game hunters. Time was also spent working big game activity and following up on timber trespass issues. Violations for the week included allow illegal operation of an ATV by a juvenile, loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, and fail to display ATV registration.

CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) worked a TIP complaint relating to theft of spruce tree tops. Time was spent working small game hunters and archery deer hunters. Officer Schmidt also worked an ATV detail in the Nemadji State Forest. Nuisance animal complaints were handled.

CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth East) spent time following up on call for service and several ATV permits for the upcoming deer season were issued. Small game hunters were checked throughout the week, ATV enforcement was worked, and complaints were investigated and follow-up work will continue. Some examples of cases investigated during the week include an illegal tree top cutting, deer baiting, trespass waterfowl hunting, wetlands, and continued work on a conservation easement violation.

CO Scott Staples (Carlton) gave a talk on the K9 unit and gave a short demo to two area schools. A complaint on a waters violation was looked into and is still under investigation where work was being done in a protected stream. Complaints of hunting activity in Jay Cooke State Park were investigated and are still being followed up on. Grouse hunting activity was checked in the area with good success being reported. Several birds were seen on area trails and in hunter?s bags. OHV violations were encountered while on patrol with enforcement action being taken for equipment, operation, and registration violations being encountered. Several deer possession permits were handed out from car deer accidents.