District 6 - Two Harbors area

Last updated: 2016-09-19

CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports opening weekend of grouse season had mixed reports, the leaves on the understory and heavy brush made it difficult for early season hunting. Most hunters checked reported seeing little to no birds, but a few hunters had great success seeing and taking several. One hunter checked was reporting seeing no grouse in spite of spending several hours looking. As he finished telling Officer Williams the areas he had hunted a grouse walked out into the open trail. Officer Williams suggested that someone should probably shoot that grouse and while the hunter attempted to walk closer it flushed followed by another grouse that was sitting out of sight in the heavy brush. When he returned they both agreed at least now he couldn?t say he hadn?t seen anything.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked small game opener and found success to be good for those taking part. Officer Stage assisted Ely PD with a fleeing felon incident and worked an older TIP case. There are still a lot of visitors heading into the BWCAW and taking advantage of the great weather we?ve been having. Cabin owners are reminded to be alert for invasive species when taking out their docks this year.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled ATV trails and forest roads checking riders and hunters. The officer answered questions on electrofishing on area lakes, youth ATV operations, moose hunts and wolf populations. Special thanks to all the sportsmen and women who have been spending their time, energy and resources to continue clearing storm debris from last winter and open up ?unmaintained? travel routes so that everyone may use them.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a variety of seasonal enforcement activities during the week. Grouse hunting success on opening weekend was very spotty ranging from no birds seen to limits taken. Enforcement action included unregistered ATV and no federal waterfowl stamp. Nuisance bears continue to be commonplace in the city of Babbitt.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling activity along the shore this week. Time was spent checking ATV activity in the area as well. Small game opener was busy with many groups hitting the woods.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking bear hunters, ATV riders and small game hunters over the opening weekend. Enforcement action was taken for hunting without a license, transport loaded firearm, and multiple ATV violations.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked a quiet small game and archery deer opener. Hunters reported flushing birds but thick cover prevented a bird in the bag in most cases. Officer Murray worked on an out of state big game investigation and followed up on a baiting case. Fall colors are becoming more vibrant on the North Shore and fishing remains good on Lake Superior.