Conservation Officer Weekly Report 10/12/21
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) reports most of the week was spent checking grouse-hunting activity and fishing activity on the Rainy River. Grouse hunters had the best success, with most people having a few birds in the bag. Animal-related complaints, primarily related to bears, keep being reported. People are reminded to do their part by removing any food source. Enforcement action for the week included ATV violations and failure to report killing of animals that are causing damage to property.
CO Curtis Simonson (International Falls #2) reports working the Rainy River this past week. Anglers are reporting the walleye bite being fairly slow. Time was also spent working ATV enforcement and checking small-game hunters in the area.
CO John Slatinski IV (Ray) continues work on a background investigation. Grouse hunters are reporting tough hunting conditions with the underbrush still hanging on to its foliage. Questions on deer-hunting license options were fielded.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring ATV riding, boating, angling, and hunting. Duck-hunting reports are very poor and most report very few ducks observed. Numerous phone calls over the week were responded to. He continued work on equipment. Other time was spent on computer and administrative tasks.
CO Aaron Larson (Tower) worked primarily small-game and ATV enforcement. Larson investigated a deer-hunting case from the previous year that resulted in several violations including hunting without a license, failure to validate a tag, failure to tag a deer, failure to obtain a roadkill permit for a turkey, and other violations. Larson also assisted in capturing an injured eagle to be brought to wildlife rehabilitation.
CO Marc Johnson (Hibbing) primarily worked small-game and ATV activity. Time was spent speaking at three firearms safety classes in Hibbing, investigating calls that were received, and maintaining station equipment. Investigations continue on open trespassing and illegal-hunting complaints.
CO Duke Broughten (Aurora) spent the week monitoring hunting and fishing activity. Anglers and grouse hunters reported moderate success. Waterfowl hunters reported seeing fewer ducks this week. Broughten field calls regarding nuisance bears and coyotes.