DNR Enforcement report

• CO Taylor Hochstein (Hill City) patrolled for big-game, small-game and waterfowl hunting activity. Several folks were contacted out in the woods who were collecting decorative forest materials and their permits were checked. Transporting a loaded firearm continues to be a common violation. (See page 23 in the hunting regulations book to review how to legally transport a firearm.)

• CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked angling, watercraft, trapping and hunting activity. A complaint of moving a bog without a permit was also taken and investigated.

• CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) and COC Mikeena Mattson worked ATV, small-game hunting, big-game hunting and trapping activity. Numerous complaints were investigated, including a wetland violation. Enforcement action was taken this past week for illegal ATV operation within the road right-of-way, unregistered ATV, failure to transfer ATV ownership, and ATV operation/wetlands violation.

• CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports checking waterfowl and deer-hunting activity, working shining and suspicious hunting complaints, assisting a stranded boater with a heart condition in a disabled boat get off the lake on a cold night, and handling numerous questions and issues regarding the upcoming firearms deer season. Deer hunters are reminded that mandatory CWD testing is required by law for all deer taken during the entire upcoming firearms deer season in this area, as well as the remaining muzzleloader and archery seasons. Self-service and staffed test sampling stations are located locally at the Croft Mine parking lot, Emily Fire Department, and the Aitkin and Brainerd Wildlife offices. For more information, please check pages 63-68 of the 2019 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations booklet.

• CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked hunter activity where cool weather and leaf-free vegetation resulted in an increased rate of harvest. Small lakes are already iced over, making things more difficult for waterfowl hunters and the opening of water trapping. Verkuilen followed up on complaints of illegal stands and deer feeding.

• CO Ashley Whiteoak (Malmo) spent time patrolling small-game and big-game enforcement. She also spent time following up on poaching complaints, trespassing complaints, and WMA violations.

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