Weekly Conservation Officer Reports
Sep 17, 2018 03:54PM
CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports small-game hunting got off to a slow start on the Echo Trail. Drizzle gave way to steady rain and most hunters reported seeing no grouse all day. Angling success, however, was very good on several lakes and several near-limits of walleyes were seen. Violations included transporting a loaded firearm and unmarked bear bait.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked anglers and grouse hunters this past week. Grouse hunting success was mixed but several hunters did well even with the amount of green vegetation. He also followed up on some old complaints and took several calls regarding nuisance animals.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) assisted the sheriff?s office with a call in the BWCA. He also checked grouse hunters, ATV operators, anglers, and bear hunting activity.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled state and national forest roads checking ATV operators, motorcyclists and grouse hunters. Manning also checked anglers, bear hunters and baits, and worked the start of archery deer season. Manning answered calls regarding the upcoming deer season and state parks hunts, small-game hunting, firearms transport and lake access.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a busy grouse opening weekend. Some very small, late-hatch grouse were noted in hunters? bags with meat equal to that of a woodcock. Time was also spent on bear hunting, ATV, and angling enforcement. Enforcement action included possession of an illegal-length northern pike, insufficient PFDs, blocking a public access, expired ATV registration, and a passenger under 18 without a helmet.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked angling and boating activity in the area. Weekend activity revolved around the small-game opener and the ATV activity that goes with it.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked small-game hunters over the opening weekend. Success was limited with road hunters all driving the same roads. The hunters who got out of their vehicles or off of their ATVs had different results. Wahlstrom responded to a call for help in the BWCA with area officers and the Cook County Sheriff?s Office. Enforcement action was taken for firearms violations.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) reports a slow opening weekend for grouse and archery deer hunters. With temperatures near 80 degrees and scattered thundershowers, game wasn?t on the move very much. Hunters checked reported flushing a few birds but ground cover is still too thick to see many of them. Enforcement action was taken for ATV violations and nuisance bear activity was handled.