Conservation Officers report for District 5.
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) and COC Curtis Simonson started the past week off checking muzzleloader hunters in the area. Overall, activity was slow. Hunters have reported slow deer movement as well. With trapping season upon us, trappers will continued to be monitored. The early ice fishing season has kicked off. Local area lakes have drawn a few people out already. A reminder to stay safe, and monitor ice conditions before heading out.
CO John Slatinski IV (Ray) checked muzzleloader deer hunters, with most reporting seeing few deer. Spearing activity has begun. Ice conditions are still questionable at best, so please use caution. Slatinski spoke to an individual in regards to a dog chasing deer on his property.
CO Shane Zavodnik (Cook) assisted multiple law enforcement agencies with a shooting event that occurred this past Friday morning and also assisted the State Patrol with a highly intoxicated individual who continually resisted officers while under arrest. Soon after Zavodnik cleared the jail, he responded to a call involving an intoxicated individual who was reported walking on the side of the road and had pointed a shotgun at someone. The subject was apprehended without injury. Zavodnik continues to check ice anglers, with reports of fair walleye success in areas that are accessible via foot travel.