District 6 - Two Harbors area

Last updated: 2014-09-16

CO Sean Williams (Ely) observed a fair amount of hunting activity for the small game grouse opener north of Ely, with many hunters checked giving spotty reports of success. Officer Williams and other local law enforcement officers investigated a reported of suspicious abandoned camping equipment inside the BWCAW. Violations included hunting with no license in possession, and operating an unregistered OHM.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked the grouse and archery deer opener and found it to be fairly quiet. The deep non-crusted snow last winter was good for the grouse. There are grouse around and it could be a good season once the leaves come off. Officers traveled into the BWCAW on a complaint of a burnt tent. The reporting party placed an X on the map to show officers where the site was. The exact location of the site was searched, but nothing was found. Further investigation is pending.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that grouse season started out to a slow start as hunters found birds to be very scarce. A couple of people found pockets of birds and reported good success, but most found the early season to be disappointing. A few bear hunters were checked and one area where some garbage was left behind was investigated. Another call of a wolf coming after a couple of dogs was taken during the week.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) continued to work bear hunters and check bait stations. The officer assisted with regional tactics training and firearms qualifications in Hibbing. CO Manning also worked a busy grouse opener and took calls on deer feeding, nuisance beaver and the high concentration of human feces being left near a popular beach area on Lake Superior?s shoreline.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a fairly quiet grouse opener in the Babbitt and Isabella area with few hunters and birds seen. A couple youth waterfowl hunters were checked with a few birds noted in the area. No archery deer hunters were observed in the woods. An underage drinking party was located in a gravel pit by CO Bermel and a St. Louis County deputy, and seven underage alcohol citations were issued. Other enforcement action was taken for the week included no PFDs, untagged minnow trap, and allow illegal youthful operation of an ATV.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area bear hunting activity. CO Schottenbauer also worked the small game opener. Time was also spent working a project in the BWCAW.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked area bear hunting activity. CO Wahlstrom also worked the small game opener. Hunters had limited success with harvesting birds. Time was also spent working a project in the BWCAW.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked small game and archery deer opener along the North Shore. A pretty quiet harvest was seen with few hunters encountered. Enforcement action was taken for ATV registration violations and youth operation without a helmet. Nuisance beaver complaints were dealt with and he attended a division qualification shoot.