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Weekly Conservation Officer Reports

Oct 25, 2022 07:55AM ● By Editor
District 6 • Two Harbors Area • From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources • October 24, 2022

CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports dry and much warmer weather in the Ely area made for a very active MEA weekend. Hunting and angling activity peaked for the season on Friday and Saturday. Grouse and deer reports were fair and some success was seen for both.

CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked netting activity this past week. It was slow for the first several days. He also checked grouse hunters and anglers. Walleye-fishing success was mixed but some larger fish were taken. Velsvaag took multiple calls about netting regulations and northern pike angling regulations.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a very busy MEA weekend. Grouse-hunting traffic was extremely high. A few anglers, youth deer hunters, and waterfowl hunters were also contacted, and many people were camping with the mild weather. Enforcement action was taken for transporting loaded firearms, illegally transporting grouse without wings attached, taking a protected bird, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, no PFD, driving on a trail closed to highway vehicles, and no nonresident ATV trail pass. A spruce-top thief was apprehended after dark on state land when he returned to pick up his cut tops. Charges are pending. Time was spent preparing for a community presentation.

CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) spent the week field training COC Hudson Ledeen. They worked small-game, fishing, and ATV enforcement. Grouse hunters continue to encounter lots of birds, and strong winds earlier in the week brought an end to the fall colors. OHM riders were also checked. The officers encountered people harvesting decorative materials. Enforcement action was taken for ATVs operating in the lane of traffic.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked small-game and ATV enforcement activity during the week. More birds were being seen with leaves now on the ground, improving hunter harvest. Enforcement action was taken for licensing violations and transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle. Murray also assisted with a motorcycle crash with injuries on Highway 1.