District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2014-10-21

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) monitored area forest roads. Fishing activity has slowed and grouse hunting reports are slow. Phone calls were returned and office work completed.

CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports grouse hunters were checked and it appears their success is improving with the leaves falling off the trees and the birds being more visible. Muskie fishermen are starting to see a few more fish.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked ongoing hunting seasons, anglers, ATVs, spoke at a Cub Scout pack meeting and the Hibbing Rotary luncheon, and assisted CO Velsvaag in an OHM fleeing incident. The officer found two anglers in kayaks that disregarded the basics by not buying fishing licenses, followed up by both taking an over limit of fish (with one also ignoring the importance of having a life jacket). A group of 10 ATVs and an OHM ignored ?no motorized vehicle? signs on a state trail until the officer got their attention after tracking them down. A trio of grouse hunters were checked, followed by an interesting conversation with a retired white-tailed deer expert and professor from a southern university, a retired Marine Corp Vet and a retired Assistant Chief from the NYPD. Enforcement action during the week consisted of angling without a license, over limit of fish, no PFD?s, transport loaded firearm, a WMA violation, and a number of ATV violations.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent time looking for and checking duck hunters on Virginia area lakes. The few duck hunters CO Frericks spoke with report seeing few birds and taking even fewer. Grouse hunters are finally starting to see more of grouse but many hunters are on ATVs and end up driving past most of them. The hunters who have birds in the bag are the ones who are out beating the brush. CO Frericks spent time looking for deer baits. In one area CO Frericks located more deer stands that were baited than ones that did not have bait at them.

International Falls # 2 - vacant.

Ray - vacant.

Tower - vacant.