Conservation Officers Report District 5 9-21-21
CO Curtis Simonson (International Falls #2) spent time this past week checking bear baits and hunters. With the small-game opener this weekend, a lot of people hit the trails. Hunters reported seeing low numbers of birds. The high winds and green forests were factors in hunters not having much success in the area. ATV activity was monitored in the area as well. Simonson also worked the Rainy River this past week checking sturgeon anglers.
CO John Slatinski IV (Ray) attended training and began a background investigation of a potential candidate for the next Conservation Officer Academy.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) checked ATV, small-game, archery deer, and boating activities. Grouse hunting was a non-event, with few hunters observed. Public access sites were checked and area forest roads were monitored. Equipment work is ongoing. Additional time was devoted to administrative tasks.
CO Aaron Larson (Tower) worked primarily small-game and ATV enforcement. Larson attended an ATV rally over the weekend that had a large turnout. Over small-game opener, fewer-than-expected hunters were out and about. Many of the hunters were finding limited success.
CO Marc Johnson (Hibbing) primarily worked ATV activity and the small game/archery deer opener. Time was also spent attending training at Camp Ripley and investigating a wetlands/shoreline complaint. Hunters experienced mixed results over opening weekend, with lots of cover remaining in the woods. Violations encountered included transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, driving after revocation, expired ATV registration, and operating an ATV without headlights on.
CO Shane Zavodnik (Virginia) spent the majority of the past week training for Honor Guard duties with the Law Enforcement Memorial Association at Camp Ripley. Time was also spent checking grouse hunters and returning phone calls. Enforcement action taken over the week included several ATV and angling violations.