Editor's note: Some conservation officers don't submit reports every week.
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) checked grouse hunters and continued big-game baiting investigations. Cold weather has frozen most area ponds as trappers continue to trap beavers. Enforcement action was taken for licensing violations.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area hunting activity this past week. Time was also spent working ATV trails and back roads for activity. Traps and stands were located as well.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) and COC Aaron Larson began Step 3 of field training.
A spruce top case resulted in a citation for not carrying consent.
Time was spent in the Baudette station on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River checking waterfowl hunters and anglers. Enforcement action included extra line, fishing without a license, possessing frozen shiners without a VHS-free label, nontoxic shot while waterfowl hunting and an unsigned federal duck stamp. Deer stands were checked for bait.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) took questions about the upcoming firearms deer season and checked stands and hunting areas for deer bait. She also took a report of a grouse hunter in a state park and an accidental-catch fisher. She checked trap sets, grouse hunters and anglers.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports hunting activity tapered off over the week as snow and cooler weather arrived. Angling activity completely stopped on most lakes as several are beginning to form ice and smaller bodies of water have frozen over.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely 2) checked hunters and whitefish netters this past week. Duck hunting has been slow, but whitefish netters have been doing well. Velsvaag followed up on calls and answered several questions on baiting deer and trespass regulations.
CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports taking over duties in Tofte. Equipment inventory and radio maintenance was completed and Hill familiarized himself with different areas of his new station.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) spent the week checking small-game hunters and ATV riders. Wildlife-related calls and past investigations were followed up on. Enforcement action was taken for burning, hunting and firearms violations.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked small-game and waterfowl hunters in the Duluth and Two Harbors areas and attended a meeting for Division training at Camp Riley. Enforcement action taken for a forestry violation within the city limits of Duluth.
Calls from people with firearms deer season questions were steady during the week.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked small-game hunters and shore anglers. Boat maintenance was handled for the end of the season, and preparations were made for the upcoming rifle deer season.
A complaint of an injured goose was received and will be monitored.
Enforcement action was taken for commercial violations.