DNR report: Nov. 26
Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) received complaints throughout the week of more baiting and illegal road hunting activities. It seems as the 2010 deer season drew to a close, hunters were more willing to do illegal things to fill their tags. Worked with neighboring officers to target road hunters, which netted multiple charges for shooting from the roadway and various other offenses.
John Velsvaag (Ely) checked deer hunters and trappers this past week. Hunting activity was low with the cold weather and high winds later in the week. Received a trespass complaint that was unfounded due to insufficient posting and a complaint on litter.
Marty Stage (Ely) checked deer hunters and a few hunters were having some success. Trespass complaints were received, but enforcement officers can do little for landowners that don't legally post their property.
Mary Manning (Hovland) closed out another successful deer season and hunters reported good success. Manning checked hunters and worked deer shiners. The officer also checked fur bearer traps, devoted time to preparing for the snowmobile season, and patrolled state lands.
Kipp Duncan (Duluth) finished working the 2010 firearm deer season. A couple days were spent concentrating law enforcement efforts on complaint areas of shooting deer from the road. Enforcement action was taken on several individuals shooting at deer from a roadway. Night shining enforcement was also worked during the week. Failing to validate tags, unlawful party hunting, and dumping deer carcasses were also encountered during the week.
Randy Hanzal (Duluth) reports taking enforcement action on untagged and failure to validate license violations. Responded to tip complaints and follow up investigation for illegal baiting complaint. Worked the deer decoy this past week. They report several violations for shooting off the roadway. Hanzal and other officers are concerned about adults and parents who have young hunters under their charge being involved in such dangerous illegal activity.
Sgt. Keith Olson, Matt Miller, Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) completed checks of commercial herring netters on Lake Superior. Ongoing investigations exposed violations including fraudulent reports, record keeping errors, and untagged lake trout.
Assistance was given to area field officers with deer season work details. Several arrests were made for transporting loaded firearms in a motor vehicle, lend/borrow of deer tags, failure to validate deer tag, shoot at big game animal from vehicle, shooting from a public roadway at a big game animal, and ATV violations.
A wildfire investigation was continued. Equipment maintenance was performed on Marine Unit watercraft in preparation for the upcoming winter season, and information was shared with local enforcement agencies about winter snowmobile enforcement.