Conservation Officer

CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) responded to a dog chasing deer complaint and nuisance beaver complaints. Moose sighting calls in Willow River, and Askov have been a daily occurrence. A young bull has been spotted several times. Speldrich also assisted with a Presidential security detail in Duluth.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) spent time checking duck hunters, small game hunters, and a few archery deer hunters. Waterfowl hunters that put in the effort to paddle their way into remote river backwaters did fairly well finding Wood Ducks. Bow hunters that were checked, reported seeing a lot of deer coming into oak stands looking for acorns. Assistance was also provided with the apprehension of a group of thieves that ran and hid in a corn field after crashing their car. In addition to stealing property and running from cops, the suspects also made poor decisions by running into a corn field on a cold rainy morning while wearing flip-flops and pajama bottoms.

CO Mikeena Mattson (Wealthwood) primarily spent the week working hunting activity. Calls were fielded regarding duck hunting, hunting stands, trespass, and navigation hazards on Mille Lacs Lake. Violations encountered included: take small game without license, take migratory waterfowl with toxic shot, operate unregistered ATV, fail to transfer ATV ownership, operate ATV without headlights on, and exceed passenger capacity on ATV.

CO Ben Karon (Pine City) continued checking waterfowl hunters and boaters. Limited success has been found by small game hunters looking for grouse. Patrol from kayak was also conducted.

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