Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2017-12-11

CO Darrin Kittelson (Int?l Falls) reports working on background investigation, along with follow-up investigation in regards to activities during deer firearms and trapping season. People are reminded no such thing as safe ice, prepare for the worst.

CO John Slatinski (International Falls #2) reports time was spent working a couple of ongoing cases with a neighboring officer. He monitored areas of illegal spruce top harvesting activity and checked muzzleloader deer hunters and associated activities. CO Slatinski also assisted local authorities with a vehicle rollover and fielded questions in regards to fish house definition changes and related license requirements. Hunting license and deer registration issues were addressed.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports ice fishing is in full swing, ice houses are out, and snowmobiles and ATV?s are on area lakes. CO Fondie monitored area forest roads, checked public access and sites where anglers were checked, and reports completed.

CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked muzzleloader hunters this past week. Hunting activity is down. Trappers and anglers were out with some success. CO Velsvaag responded to complaints of muzzleloaders shooting from the road and trespassing.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked angling, hunting and trapping activity, removed an abandoned trailer from state land, and worked on open deer season cases. Citations were sent out for a deer baiting case and a combination forest product theft canceled driver?s license case from the previous month. A hunter dumped deer carcasses on the side of the road. Evidence led the officer to one of the hunters and it turned out that besides the littering violation, two hunters also had not registered their deer. The officer checked on the status of a person that had not returned to his vehicle for days. The officer found the person winter camping ? mile away and doing fine.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent time checking a few deer muzzleloader hunters and even fewer trappers. Ice fishermen have ventured out onto area lakes again and report as much as 12 inches of ice on some lakes and as little as five on others. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) spent a majority of the week conducting a background investigation for a potential CO candidate. Ice anglers are getting back out after the recent rains and warm temps. Some snow fell in the area but not near enough for snowmobiling.