District 6 - Two Harbors area

Last updated: 2014-10-21

CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports that hunting pressure ramped up over the MEA weekend. Although almost every road and trail had hunters, success was surprisingly poor. Violations included operating an ATV on a public highway and failing to display ATV registration.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked grouse hunter throughout the week and found people out enjoying the warm weather. The officer enjoyed seeing a large bull moose with antlers that were right at, or very close to the 60-inch wide mark. ATV?s running down the state highway were encountered and dealt with. The officer observed three trumpeter swans in a small remote lake and enjoyed the sight on such a beautiful fall day. He later found out that one of the swans had been shamefully poached and left to rot. Anyone knowing or hearing anything about the senseless waste of this beautiful threatened species is asked to please call the Ely COs or the TIP line at 1-800-652-9093. Your call can be kept completely anonymous and your help will be greatly appreciated.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a busy MEA weekend. Grouse and waterfowl hunters and anglers were worked, as well as shining activity. A trumpeter swan was recovered that appeared to have been shot from FS Road 379 in the pond that connects to the Island River by the carry-down access. Anyone with information is encouraged to call TIP or CO Bermel. Enforcement action for the week included many instances of hunters transporting loaded firearms in motor vehicles, possession of marijuana, no PFD, late shooting waterfowl, unregistered ATV, no blaze orange, operate ATV without valid driver?s license, no helmets on youths, and no small game license in possession. More moose sign was seen.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that this was nuisance bear week. One bear was more than a nuisance when it critically injured a family dog. The owner of the dog shot and killed the bear. Reports of bears breaking into a garage and a boat house were also taken. A Another bruin wrecked three apple trees and destroyed a bird feeder when he found it to be empty. Wolves continue to walk around the city of Grand Marais during the middle of the day like neighborhood dogs. Watch your pets closely, even in town. The CO reports the past MEA grouse hunting weekend to be the busiest one he?s ever worked. He was asked several times, ?Is it always this busy up here?? Most hunters are reporting fair to good success with a few limits seen. Enforcement action was taken for allowing illegal youth operation of ATVs, no helmets on youths and youths operating ATV?s on public roadways and without safety certificates.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area ATV and Hunting activity. Time was spent on finishing up an investigation for a State Park violation. CO Schottenbauer also checked the area for AIS compliance.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked the busy weekend checking big game, small game, and waterfowl hunters. Some very excited youth hunters were observed out enjoying the day on the special youth deer hunt. Several reports were handled on car injured deer and a trespass complaint was investigated. Enforcement action was taken on commercial bait dealer and ATV violations.