District 5 - Eveleth area
Last updated: 2013-12-10
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports outdoor activities have ceased over the week. In excess of 1 ½ feet of snow has fallen. Most forest roads are not passable unless by snowmobile. Lakes had minimal ice prior to the storm now in excess of a foot of snow on the ice has left lakes with deep slush, water, and a few inches of ice. Weekend temps in excess of -15 below resulted in no anglers/hunters observed outside.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) office work and phone calls were taken care of after some time off. A few snowmobiles were observed, however not much grooming has been done on the area trails. The recent heavy snow has caused slush problems on area lakes. Very cold temperatures have kept most outdoor activities to a minimum.
CO Dan Starr (Tower) noticed that cold weather was hampering outdoor activities. A few brave souls ventured onto slushy ice, but very few fish were seen. Trapping activities were monitored, with a loaded gun and untagged marten found as violations. Trapping registration day was attended.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked fur registration. Trapping, hunting, and fishing activity, continued. He followed up on open deer hunting season cases and dealt with a car injured deer and an injured trumpeter swan. He also dealt with the first three snowmobiles of the season with all having expired registration, two of which expired in 2006. After three days of snow, followed by below zero temperatures, activity in the woods has been slow and difficult and will make navigating lakes a challenge. Enforcement action was taken on trapping without a license, hunt deer without a license, untagged deer, and unregistered snowmobile.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) checked fisher and pine marten trappers and registered furs on registration day. Some trappers neglected to purchase a trapping license or a small game license prior to going out and taking animals. What could have been the start of some great ice for travel over area lakes came to a screeching halt thanks to heavy snow. Most lakes now are showing signs of large amounts of slush. Follow up investigation was performed on some litter cases that resulted with citations issued.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) reported the advent of deep snow, then freezing -25 below temps, combined with slush on area lakes have all but shut down outdoor activities. A few muzzleloaders were out driving roads hoping to come upon fresh deer tracks. Time was spent assisting DNR Wildlife with fur tagging with violations on no small game license found.
Ray - vacant.
I. Falls # 2 - vacant.