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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports

Oct 04, 2021 12:58PM ● By Editor
From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - October 4, 2021

CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports a weekend of clouds and rain did not deter small-game hunters in the Ely area from searching trails for grouse. Success was again low, but most hunters checked said it was as much about enjoying the fall colors as shooting a bird. Waterfowl hunters reported still seeing a good amount of geese north of Ely but reported very few ducks.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) checked small-game hunters and anglers on area lakes. ATV trails were monitored. He handled wildlife-related complaints and assisted other agencies.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled forest roads and trails checking small-game hunters and ATV operators. Manning also checked end-of-season trout anglers on inland lakes and worked the salmon run on Lake Superior tributaries. 

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily spruce-top theft cases throughout the week. He also checked some duck and grouse hunters. Three separate spruce-top thefts were solved, including a large theft on state forest land. Charges for gross misdemeanor timber trespass are pending. Additional enforcement action was taken for transporting a loaded gun in a motor vehicle.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area small-game-hunting activity this week. Time was also spent on a continued background investigation.

CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) continued to work on a background investigation for the upcoming Academy.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked small-game and archery deer hunters this week. Mild weather and peak fall colors brought lots of travelers to the North Shore. Fall anglers are getting in some fishing on area lakes before weather turns cold. Several campgrounds are still busy with campers.

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