District 6 - Two Harbors area
Last updated: 2016-12-05
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports the marten and fisher trapping season was again busy in the Ely area. Success was good in areas, but overall fur registration seemed to be down in most of the north. Violations included deer over limit and pine marten over limit.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked an ongoing fishing case and checked marten/fisher trappers. The smaller lakes are starting to freeze up and the ice looks thick with a white cover of snow, but it?s nowhere near thick enough to walk on, so please stay off of it.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked trappers and trap sets during the short fisher/pine marten season. The officer also assisted DNR Wildlife staff with fur registration. Trapper success was good. The officer also handled deer possession tag and checked muzzleloader hunters.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports time was spent on fur registration where officers detected some hold-over furs from the previous year. Ice and open water anglers, muzzleloader hunters, and trappers were checked during the week. Insufficient blaze orange was a common problem and enforcement action was also taken for fail to register deer as required. Many deer carcasses are being found illegally dumped in road ditches.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area hunting activity. Time was spent at the Finland fur registration. CO Schottenbauer also took a few trapping complaints.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked muzzleloader and small game hunters throughout the week. Fischer/ Pine marten traps were checked and the officer assisted in registering furs in Finland.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked deer muzzleloader and trapping activity during the week. Officer Murray assisted with a youth snowmobile safety course in Two Harbors and checked area lakes for ice conditions. Most lakes in the area still had areas of open water and are unsafe for travel at this time.