District 6 - Two Harbors area

Last updated: 2014-09-30

CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports a very warm waterfowl opener did not deter some hunters from getting in the blind over the weekend. Although there were fewer hunters than last year those that were out reported good luck with mostly mallards and wood ducks. Violations included hunting migratory birds during closed hours.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked grouse hunters and duck hunters on the duck opener. The sky was blue and it was around 80 degrees, so the hunting was pretty poor. Grouse are around, but not in great numbers. People are finding them though. Fishermen are reminded that the small mouth bass season is closed. People were found to be actively fishing for and keeping these fish.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that even though Cook County isn?t known as a duck hunter?s destination, he did check a few parties of hunters who all had a good number of birds. Even though the hunters did well with their fowl, a few ran afoul of the law including unplugged shotguns, lead shot, and lack of PFDs in the duck boats. He also assisted the U.S. Forest Service and paddled into the BWCA to retrieve a prohibited item that a group of campers had. Other enforcement action included, unregistered canoes, no fishing license, duck stamps and small game license in possession.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked numerous grouse hunters, most driving the roadways, but saw few birds taken. Duck hunters were fewer in numbers. Anglers were having better luck, particularly on Lake Superior. When asked for his trout stamp, one angler stated he had been fishing for salmon, not trout?stamp still required. ATV operators are reminded that anyone under 18 must wear a helmet-even on side-by-side machines.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked the weekend waterfowl opener with hunter and duck numbers higher than last year, although most ducks didn?t want to decoy. The officer and several Babbitt residents caught a juvenile loon that was wrapped up in fishing line. All the line was removed and the loon seemed in good shape upon release. CO Bermel assisted Ely PD with an attempted suicide and warrant arrest. Enforcement action for the week included illegal length northern, fishing without a license, no HIP certification, no angling or small game license in possession, passing in a no passing zone, and several ATV and OHM violations.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked waterfowl opener. Waterfowl hunters were few and far between, and the blue bird weather did not help their cause. Time was also spent working ATV and small game hunters this week.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked the waterfowl opener, checked small game hunters and monitored ATV activity. With the blue bird days over the weekend, waterfowl hunters had limited success. The leaves are starting to fall and the grouse hunters are starting to pick up a few more birds.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked big and small game enforcement efforts along with fishing and ATV activity during the week. Grouse hunters and Lake Superior fishermen had better luck. Murray also assisted with a youth Firearms Safety Class in Two Harbors. Enforcement action was taken for licensing violations.