District 6 - Two Harbors area

Last updated: 2014-11-18

CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports deer hunting activity has slowed significantly on the echo trail, with only a fraction of the hunters seen last weekend. Deer activity seemed to be up but very few hunters were successful in the cold and wind. Violations included: no blaze orange, and fail to register deer.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked white fish netting and deer hunters. The season was off to a slow start and very few deer were taken right away, but as the season progresses, a few more are being found. The lakes are icing up and the fishermen are getting restless. Be careful with the new ice as always. Remember have your fishing or spearing license in possession when on the ice.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports as the old saying goes, ?Some people will do almost anything for a buck.? One minute a hunter is admiring his prized trophy buck, thinking about entering it in a big buck contest with visions of cash and prizes. The next minute he sees his unlawfully taken animal and his rifle leaving with the local CO and sheriff?s deputy. All he is left with is one of those parting gifts from the CO that you just don?t want. Enforcement action was taken for unlawfully taken deer, lend/borrow hunting tags, no hunter orange, failing to validate tags and drive ATV around barricade into closed area.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) continued to work the cold and blustery firearms deer season. Many hunters have opted to troll the back roads looking for the deer of opportunity rather than find one the old fashion way. The officer followed up on baiting cases from past seasons and handled a nuisance bear complaint. CO Manning also patrolled areas ripe for illegal, late night deer shining.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) primarily worked firearms deer hunters throughout the week, along with checking the first ice activity of the year. The first northern spearer of the season hadn?t purchased a spearing license. One individual was encountered for the second time in a month road hunting in possession of marijuana. Other enforcement action included transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, fail to validate deer tag, hunt on invalid license (2-day waiting period), fail to register deer within 48 hours, and drive in violation of limited license.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area deer hunting activity. While area hunters were having a hard time finding tracks, much less deer, the ice seemed to be setting up nicely on some area lakes. The lack of deer and cold temps prompted several hunters to try their luck on the road. A few of them were found to be driving around with uncased and loaded guns bouncing around their front seats, enforcement action taken.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking deer hunters. Deer harvest success has been very low along the North Shore. The officer assisted the State Patrol with a semi-truck that veered off the high-way into the woods taking out several large trees along the way. Enforcement action was taken for big game and traffic violations.

CO Don Murray(Two Harbors) worked the second frigid weekend of firearms deer season along the North Shore with few deer seen harvested. Murray continued with trapping and trespass investigations along with an illegal trash dumping complaint. Many lakes were observed to be completely frozen over already with some shallow lakes with a few inches of ice