Conservation Officer Weekly Report 10/20/19
CO Curtis Simonson (International Falls #2) reports working the Rainy River, grouse hunters, and ATV enforcement this past week. Anglers reported a low success rate on the Rainy River and small-game hunters reported having some success this past weekend. The nice fall weather had many people out enjoying a variety of outdoor activities.
CO John Slatinski IV (Ray) completed work on a background investigation. He also monitored waterfowl-hunting activity. Teal and shovelers were most of the waterfowl observed in the area this past week. With frost the past two days, it is probably safe to think the teal will head south and we may be in for a bit of a lull until the northern birds go through the area. Slatinski fielded calls of injured animals, and nuisance bears are still causing concerns. Off-highway motorcycle activity was also monitored.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports hunting activities were monitored over the week. Boating and angling activities continue as the warm fall weather continues. ATV use has increased substantially for both hunting and recreational riding. Seasonal equipment work continues. Decorative product harvest continues to be monitored.
CO Aaron Larson (Tower) spent time patrolling his station checking for deer hunters and deer-hunting activity. Larson assisted another agency with a large dumping complaint. He also wrapped up a few pending cases that he had conducted the prior week and completed some yearly required training.
CO Marc Johnson (Hibbing) primarily worked small-game, ATV, and archery deer activity. Time was also spent maintaining station equipment and attending a volunteer snowmobile safety instructor meeting in Chisholm. Violations encountered included hunting without a license, transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, driving after suspension, and ATV speed.
CO Shane Zavodnik (Virginia) spent time investigating a trespass case and completing reports. Equipment maintenance and administrative tasks were also completed over the course of the week.
CO Duke Broughten (Aurora) spent the week monitoring fishing and hunting activity. Grouse and waterfowl hunters reported limited success this week. Broughten spoke to several hunters prepping for the upcoming youth deer season. He fielded calls regarding trespass, trapping regulations, and injured animals.