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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports

Dec 06, 2021 12:45PM ● By Editor
District 6 - Two Harbors Area - From the Minnesota DNR - December 6, 2021

CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports muzzleloader deer hunters continued to report very little success, and much fewer hunters were afield then the previous week. A good amount of snow fell early Sunday morning and into evening. Some early snowmobile activity was seen.

CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked anglers, hunters and trappers this past week. Ice conditions got worse in some areas with the warm-up and high winds. Fishing was very slow and slush started forming on some bays on Sunday with the new snowfall.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) checked early ice anglers and muzzleloader hunters. He worked a complaint of a person living on state land, assisted with a case and followed up on past investigations.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) investigated a report of a person staying in a camper on a WMA. The person was advised to find a new camping location. Manning also handled equipment-maintenance issues, trapping issues and a report of an injured bald eagle.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked ice angling, a deer-baiting complaint, equipment maintenance, and presented to a natural resources class at Northeast Range High School about job duties of a CO and other wildlife topics. The first snowstorm of the year hit the area, which could impact ice conditions.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and spearing this week. Ice was good until the 12 inches of snow. It will take cold weather to firm things up.

CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports checking a few late-season muzzleloader hunters during the week. While on patrol, Hill noticed a vehicle parked on the side of Highway 61 by Cascade River State Park, with a set of footprints leading up the hill. A brief track led Hill to a hunter illegally hunting deer. A citation was issued. Hard-water anglers are starting to appear and the fishing report wasn?t great, but roughly 5 to 6 inches of ice was common. Snowmobile maintenance was conducted as the region was hit with a large snowstorm on Sunday.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked muzzleloader deer hunting, angling, and trapping activity this week. Anglers should be checking ice conditions frequently as recent snowfall can hide ice hazards such as thin ice and springs. Murray also continued big-game investigations from firearms deer season and worked on training items.