District 6 - Two Harbors area
Last updated: 2016-09-26
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked predominately small game hunters and also worked duck opener. CO Bermel taught the law and ethics portion of the Babbitt FAS class - thanks to the other volunteers as well. Compliance was good amongst the hunters encountered this week, and it was good to see several young hunters out with their parents. Most blue-wing teal left the area prior to the opener. Enforcement action was taken for marijuana in a motor vehicle, drug paraphernalia, and ATV violations.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) worked waterfowl opener, checked small game hunters and anglers along the north shore rivers. Enforcement action was taken for transporting loaded firearm, multiple ATV violations, and snagging fish.
CO Sean Williams (Ely) reports waterfowl opener was more active than normal, with more hunters and more birds found in the area; although the combination of hunters and birds did not mean greater success as most hunters checked were found to have very few ducks or geese. Violations included taking waterfowl from open water, and hunting without a license in possession.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked waterfowl, grouse, and archery deer hunting activity. A few hunting spots held some good numbers of teal and mallards in the area. Grouse remain harder to see with fall colors not yet reaching their peak and hanging on providing thick cover. Enforcement action was taken for licensing violations.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) checked grouse hunters and inland anglers. Officer Manning answered calls about migratory bird hunting and worked a somewhat slow duck opener. The officer also followed up on a wetlands case, a public waters case, and a nuisance beaver complaint.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) spent a fair amount of time working area duck hunting activity and grouse hunters. Heavy leaf cover is slowing grouse hunting success. Time was also spent working area roads and trails for recreational vehicle safety.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) checked duck hunters over the weekend. The duck hunters that were out, did relatively well compared to recent years. The rainy windy conditions were great for waterfowl, but not as good for the grouse hunters. Grouse hunters are plugging along, but the leaves are only beginning to fall, so it is harder to see grouse. The water temperatures are dropping so be careful on the water and remember to wear a PFD.