District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2014-11-18

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports second weekend of deer firearms season similar to first weekend with very few deer being seen or taken. However, enforcement action was up with several transporting loaded firearms cases, a couple of cases involving illegal possession of drug paraphernalia and small amount of marijuana, failure to obtain car kill deer permit, discharge firearm from motor vehicle at deer decoy, operate ATV during closed hours, and assisted State Patrol and Koochiching County Sheriff?s Deputy with driving while under the influence of alcohol case.

CO Jim Van Asch (International Falls) reports assisting COs Patten and Kittelson with a call about an injured swan stuck on a slightly frozen pond just outside of Big Falls. The number of deer hunters taking to the woods was low again this past week and weekend. CO Van Asch did see a slight increase in the success of these hunters with hunters reporting harvesting more bucks then the opening weekend. Enforcement action was taken for transporting loaded firearms, operating an ATV during restricted times, burning prohibited materials, and failure to have a hunting license in possession.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports very little deer hunting activity observed over the week. Public access sites were monitored and watercraft storage worked on. Spare time was spent on administrative items.

CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports fish houses are starting to show up on some of the smaller bays of Lake Vermilion and some of the smaller lakes in the area. Ice thickness varies greatly so check the ice often and don?t venture out alone. A wolf incident was investigated. Deer hunting remains slow with few deer and not many hunters.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) reports that the deer hunting season has been a little tough for local hunters. The cold and the reduced deer herd have made it a tougher season than the past. The number of hunters has reduced drastically from the opening weekend. Enforcement was taken on following issues: fail to validate tag, no deer license, and hunting during the two day waiting period. Officer investigated report of boat left at access on Lake Vermilion, and a wetland violation. Questions were addressed dealing with the new Vermilion State Park with regards to the firearms season. CO Hopkins, CO Bermel, and an 1854 CO investigated a deer stand in a state park and posting of land issues. Ice is starting to form on Lake Vermilion and all of the smaller lakes are iced over. Remember that it is still unsafe to venture out on the ice.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked balsam bough and spruce top cutters, a dog in a snare complaint, but spent most of the week working the ongoing deer firearms season. Some hunters have resorted to shooting does from the road (in a buck?s only zone) and trespassing. Two hunters were even found trespassing on the officer?s land. They were advised that they should have looked a little closer to the name on the no trespassing sign. Cold temperatures and the lack of deer have kept many hunters out of the woods as long as they normally would have or they gave up all together. Hunters are reminded that they cannot mix archery and rifle hunters together in the same party as two separate parties with the issue were encountered. Enforcement action was taken on hunt deer without a license, hunt deer with an invalid license, unlawful party hunting, transport loaded firearm, trespassing, untagged deer, unregistered ATV, and a traffic violation for a hunter running a stop sign nearly colliding with the officer.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) prepared and sent in reports to court for violations of big game hunting activity during the opening weekend of deer season. Numerous reports were taken of people shooting deer and specifically doe?s from the roadway. Enforcement action was taken for transporting untagged big game animal.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) received a complaint from hunters up at their cabin that when they left for a short time someone drove into the yard and stole a 7-point buck from the meat pole. He received multiple separate calls of hunting from the road and shooting does, in this buck?s only zone. Fredin checked hunters in the woods and visited cabins with most hunters stating few to no deer seen but, plenty of wolf tracks. Balsam bough pickers were checked and a complaint of pickers entering private land is being investigated. Violations of possess small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were addressed.

Ray - vacant.