District 6 - Two Harbors area
Last updated: 2016-10-17
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports he attended training over the week at Camp Ripley for Wildland Fire Origin and cause. Grouse and waterfowl reports continue to improve, and warmer weather over the weekend made for plenty of activity. Violations included operating an OHM on a roadway, allowing illegal juvenile operation of an ATV, and failure to display ATV registration.
CO Marty Stage (Ely #2) found a lot of people out enjoying fall colors and nice weather. Deer hunters are reminded that many of the products sold at the feed, seed and fleet stores are not legal to use for deer hunting; even though they are not labeled as such. In Minnesota, salt or minerals may be used, but anything containing foods such as molasses or grains of any sort are not legal.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) encountered a man who was proud of his new kayak as he was just going out onto a lake for a fishing trip. The man went on to explain he didn?t know how he was going to run three rods out of his kayak since he wasn?t used to it. The officer then told him that he?d make his predicament a little easier since you can only use one rod at a time in Minnesota. Officer Fagerman also had to explain what kind of fish were in this particular lake and what the limits were as the man didn?t seem to understand the rules. The man did have a fishing license on him which at least is a better start than some encountered. CO Fagerman is about ready to put the grouse season in the poor column.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked anglers and grouse hunters; birds continue to be elusive. The officer patrolled ATV trails and forest roads checking riders. The officer also followed up on open wetlands and hunting cases, spoke with local radio reporter, and answered questions about the fall deer hunt in the state parks.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) spent time on trespass complaints, fielded law-related questions, and worked a variety of enforcement activities. The officer took a TIP complaint in a neighboring station resulting in an over limit of walleyes. Other enforcement action included no small game license, unattended line, fail to display ATV registration, and no license in possession. Some spotty duck hunting success was noted, and grouse hunters are averaging about a bird per hunter.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area hunting activity. Time was spent checking up on some archery complaints. CO Schottenbauer worked area trails and remote roads via ATV for activity as well.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked small game and fishing enforcement activity over the weekend. Some anglers were doing well on walleye and pan fish in the area. Grouse are becoming easier to find as leaves are steadily falling.