District 6 - Two Harbors area

Last updated: 2015-09-28

CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports it was a busy week with small game and waterfowl hunting both open. About half the amount of duck hunters were observed compared to previous years, although hunter?s who were out, reported a fair amount of birds. Violations included possessing lead shot while waterfowl hunting, no federal waterfowl stamp and possession of a short barreled shotgun.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked duck hunters throughout the weekend. There were very few ducks around and very few duck hunters as well. There were way more fishermen and canoers. One group encountered was shooting ducks almost two hours late and another was observed chasing ducks with a boat. Very few grouse were observed. The weather has been fantastic and the leaves are turning.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports a very busy weekend with lots of activity. He stopped three high performance sports cars that were playing follow the leader and issued Careless Driving citations as they were using the Gunflint Trail as their own race track. A few waterfowl hunters were out and a lesson was given in identifying grebes which are federally protected migratory birds. Too bad for the grebe the lesson came too late. Loaded firearms were encountered in motor vehicles. One couple was thrilled at the CO?s timing as a monster bull moose stepped out in front of their vehicle during a license check. He hung around just long enough for a couple of photos. Speaking of big bulls, the CO found a moose wallow and heard from others that they?ve seen some nice bulls on the move as they get ready for the mating season.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked the waterfowl opener in southeast Minnesota on the Mississippi River with CO Prodzinski. Success and hunting pressure was high. Enforcement action for the week included a group of anglers who kept 13 closed season trout including three fishing without licenses in Whitewater State Park, taking waterfowl during closed hours, possession of lead shot, unsigned federal stamp, insufficient PFDs, no license in possession, fail to display ATV registration, and a traffic citation. Time was also spent teaching game laws at the academy.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked small game hunting activity. Time was also spent checking ATVs in the forest, and anglers after their last chance for trout on inland lakes.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked hunters during the waterfowl opening weekend. The officer handled wildlife complaints, checked ATV riders, small game hunters and anglers. Enforcement action was taken for hunting and fishing violations.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked the waterfowl opener with only a few birds seen in the dense fog of the North Shore. Big game investigations continued and several calls of nuisance animals were handled. Enforcement action was taken for ATV violations and failure to have licenses in possession.