Conservation Officer

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked angler activity. Layered ice and slushy conditions are still making access challenging. Some upland bird hunters were out making use of the season’s final days. Verkuilen also monitored snowmobile activity, including a trespassing complaint.

CO Ashley Whiteoak (Malmo) spent time patrolling ice angling, snowmobile, and ATV enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for a small amount of marijuana, unattended lines, failure to properly ID a fish house, failure to display ATV registration, and failure to stop an ATV at a road crossing. She also spent time assisting at the local DNR office for fur registration.

CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked fishing, trapping, and snowmobile activities. An overlimit-of-walleyes case was made, along with several protected-size-walleye violations. Snowmobile activity increased with enforcement action taken for loud exhaust, registration, and allowing illegal youth operation. Starr also worked the Pierz station with a slow bite found and overall good compliance.

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) worked area trails for snowmobiling activity. Enforcement action was taken for failing to properly display registration, expired registration and modified exhaust. She answered questions regarding collector snowmobile registration and continued work on a background investigation.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) found quite a bit of activity on area snowmobile trails and stopped a few operators for exceeding the speed limit. Lakes were also busy as ice conditions slowly improved. Violations dealt with on area lakes included no fishing license, operating unregistered ATVs and possession of a controlled substance.

CO Mikeena Mattson (Wealthwood) worked primarily sport fishing and recreational vehicle enforcement. This past week, violations encountered included no fishing license in personal possession, fishing without a license, no shelter license on a non-portable ice shelter, no shelter identification, failure to display ATV registration, possessing unmeasurable fish, and litter.

CO Ben Karon (Pine City) spent time this past week checking ice anglers on Cross Lake and Pokegama Lake. There have been ATVs and snowmobiles on the lakes, but continued caution is recommended. Snowmobile patrols have been conducted as well. Some cases for big-game violations are still being investigated.

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