District 6 - Two Harbors area
Last updated: 2014-10-29
CO Sean Williams (Ely) patrolled several trails inside the BWCAW with active small game hunting activity. Hunters are still reporting seeing a good amount of grouse, but success levels continue to be low. Violations include storage of boats at a public landing and taking small game with no blaze orange.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked the whitefish opener in the BWCAW. Almost all of the boats that were at Pipestone did not have the required navigational lights to operate after sunset and most of those intended to motor out in the dark after picking their nets. One group encountered had all been drinking heavily and had a long list of violations, including: no BWCAW permit, possession of cans, littering fish guts into the water, damage to campsite trees by throwing knives into them, not enough PFDs, nets set too close to other nets, no fishing license in possession, no legal net buoys, possessing two northern pike illegally and no navigational lights. The group was planning to motor out in the dark without lights in a couple hours after they sobered up. They were a happy group and said they were proud that they had been whitefish netting this way all their lives.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked grouse hunters, ATVs, and whitefish netting activity during the week. Calls were answered on wolf concerns and about an eight point buck that may have been taken unlawfully. The designated trout lakes are producing some nice fall brook trout and splake. Enforcement action was taken for unlawful transport of game birds and for no hunting license in possession.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt/Ely) spent the week primarily working small game, trapping, boating, and netting activity. The week ?netted? many violations, including a group who had kept two northerns out of their whitefish nets. The same group was short on PFDs and had aluminum cans in the BWCA. Other violations during the week included possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, transport loaded firearm in motor vehicle, untagged traps, unregistered watercraft, no navigational lights, and license and stamp issues.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area hunting and trapping activity. Time was spent working a detail with District 8 as well. CO Schottenbauer also worked area ATV activity.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) monitored ATV activity, followed up on past bear bait station complaints and checked small game hunters. The Officer gave an aquatic invasive species presentation at the Cook County High School. Time was also spent on nuisance animal complaints.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked big game, small game, and trapping activity over the weekend. More grouse were seen being taken as most of the leaf cover is now gone along the North shore. Enforcement action was taken for game transporting violations and having no blaze orange while taking small game. Trapping investigations and trespass calls were also handled during the week.