More MN hunting violations
November 29, 2010
Minnesota DNR Conservation Officer Reports Here are this week's reports
filed by conservation officers across Northeastern Minnesota.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports follow up on regular firearms deer season
issues were dealt with. Early fisher and pine martin trapping complaints,
along with trespass complaints were handled. No ice fishing has been
observed or recommended. Injured deer were tended to. A snowmobiler broke
through thin ice in a swamp and had to be rescued.
CO Dan Starr (Tower) finished up some cases from deer season and worked
on some that are still pending. A case of illegal possessing road kill deer
was found and charges pending. Trapping issues were worked, with cases of
pre-empting a trap site found. Snowmobiles appeared, with loud exhaust
issues and registration issues addressed. Snowmobile trails are not open
yet. Ice fishing has started; however, extreme caution should be used as
only a few inches of ice are present. Deer carcass dumping continues to be a
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing)... Enforcement action was taken on a variety of
hunting and snowmobile violations.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent time following up on cases stemming
from the rifle deer season. Citations and written warnings were issued to
the violators. A few muzzleloading deer hunters were checked. The start of
the fisher and pine marten trapping season started with a fair numbers of
trappers seen in the woods. Citations were issued for untagged snares....
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora)... Call of a trapper trespassing on private land
CO John Velsvaag (Ely) checked trappers this past week in the Ely area.
CO Velsvaag took enforcement action for trapping before season and illegal
CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) finished up on a few outstanding cases from
the deer season. Charges were filed against several hunters for shooting
from the roadway, trespassing, shooting within 500 feet of occupied dwelling
and untagged deer.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte)... The Officer received complaints on small
game hunters and answered numerous questions about trapping.
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked ATVs, snowmobiles, deer hunters and
trappers. He also several hunting and trapping complaints during the week.
CO Jeff Koehn (Grand Rapids - OHV Specialist)... investigated a report of
illegal shooting near houses by a group of duck and goose hunters.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) monitored snowmobile activity, checked
anglers, worked trapping complaints and conducted follow up investigations
from the firearms deer season.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell)... received many calls about dumped deer
carcasses, also deer not being registered, wanton waste, and trespass.
Officer Humphrey assisted USFWS with follow up on a timber wolf shot during
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) worked on continuing investigations from the
firearms deer season. Ongoing investigations are still being conducted on
hunting deer over bait, unlawful party hunting, hunting in a state park, and
over limit. One tip the day after the firearms deer season closed resulted
in a felony drug arrest and charges for untagged deer, borrow lend license
and failing to validate license. Two deer were seized in this case.
Complaints of deer carcasses being dumped on private property are being
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston)) followed up on investigations from deer
season. Officer Schmidt has had numerous complaints of deer carcasses dumped
along roadways, public, and private properties. Officers Schmidt and Hanzal,
followed up on a trespassing complaint that involved into an over limit of
deer. Snowmobile complaints have begun for the season.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) reports assisting the Duluth Police Department
with an illegal deer hunting case in the city limits. Officer Duncan was on
leave the remainder of the week.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports many muzzleloader hunters were contacted
on the opening weekend of their season. A complaint of trespassing led
Officer Schmidt and Officer Hanzal to discover an over limit of antlered
deer taken by an individual. A few last minute waterfowl hunters were
checked. Lots of trappers were checked placing traps at the beginning of the
pine marten and fisher season. Several issues were discovered with
improperly set traps within the lynx zone where special regulations are in
CO Keith Olson conducted a followed up investigation of a TIP call
involving a dumped deer carcass on private property. Officers are taking
numerous complaints about dumping of deer parts on public property.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) reports officers in the area
have noted a rather high violation rate during the 2010 deer season that
could be greatly minimized if hunters would review the regulation book
before they are contacted by a conservation officer in the field... Officer
took enforcement action taken for deer, burning, and commercial fishing
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