DNR Enforcement report

• CO Taylor Hochstein (Hill City) worked a busy firearms deer opener with mixed success throughout the area. Hochstein was pleasantly surprised by the number of youth hunters contacted in the field with some of them harvesting some very nice deer. Several cases were opened involving further investigation as the season goes on.

• CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports focusing on the busy firearms deer season opener and related activities. Numerous hunters were checked over the weekend and numerous calls and issues were handled. Several reports of illegal deer baiting and feeding were looked into and illegal deer shining activity was worked, with numerous enforcement contacts made for hunting over bait, and deer shining.

• CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked firearms deer, trespass and property line disputes. Time was spent on the radio with the area wildlife manager and two funerals were attended with the DNR honor guard.

• CO Amber Ladd (McGregor) and COC Mikeena Mattson worked nuisance animal and wetlands enforcement, deer baiting, big game hunting, and trapping activity. Multiple baiting complaints were investigated and enforcement action was taken this week for hunting deer over bait, untagged deer, failure to validate deer tag, direct/allow youth to violate game and fish laws, and violate feeding and attractants ban. Additionally, enforcement action was taken for burning prohibited materials.

• CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) worked deer opener including illegal stands, baited areas, and hanging deer without tags. Illegal fishing and unoccupied boats were reported on Mille Lacs. Both cases turned out to be waterfowl hunters making use of layout boats. Area trappers were already getting use out of their ice spuds as shallow waters have frozen over and larger lakes have frozen around the edges.

• CO Ashley Whiteoak (Malmo) spent time working deer firearms opener patrolling big game enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for hunters transporting loaded firearms, fail to tag deer, fail to validate deer tag, operate ATV during closed hours of firearm season, and trespassing.

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