District 6 - Two Harbors area

Last updated: 2015-11-24

CO Sean Williams (Ely) received a phone call from a hunter an hour after sunset on the closing day of the firearm deer season. The hunter had located his wounded deer but was asking for an officer to assist since it was past legal shooting hours. When Officer Williams arrived he was told by the hunter that he had shot the deer and believed it was dead, and even took pictures of what appeared to be a dead deer with the hunters rifle leaned on it. The hunter went home to get an ATV and when he returned the deer was gone. He found it a short distance away in the dark, wounded but definitely alive. Officer Williams arrived minutes after being contacted and the deer was immediately dispatched.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked on illegal deer bait complaints and various deer season violations. Hunters are reminded to wear the orange that is required by law. Officers are giving out painful reminders for illegal deer baiting and for failing to validate deer tags.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports a very quiet end of the firearms deer season. According to many hunters checked, it appears that most of the deer migrated out of the higher elevation areas and headed towards the wintering grounds of the North Shore. Many hunters stated they went for miles and didn?t see a single deer track in the snow. Grouse however, made their magical reappearing act as they were reported to be all over. One hunter reported seeing 15-20 around his stand at once. The CO has noticed more of them along the roads during his patrols. Smaller lakes are frozen in tight and many of the bigger lakes are freezing in the bays. Trapping and deer baiting complaints were followed up on.

CO Mary Manning (Hovland) wrapped up deer season checking hunters and ATV operators. Some hunters required reminders that an unloaded gun means fully unloaded, not just ?none in the chamber.? The officer also answered questions about injured birds, licenses and the upcoming snowmobile safety class in Grand Marais. Parents are reminded that, with few exceptions, anyone born after 1976 must have a snowmobile safety certificate to operate on public lands and waters.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked the closing week of the firearms deer season. Winter and ice are starting to set in. Few deer were taken in the final week. Violations included unlawful party hunting, transporting loaded firearms in motor vehicles, insufficient blaze orange, and ATV on closed trail. Much better compliance was noted this year with firearms being transported unloaded.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) took two calls of hunters complaining that other hunters were too close to each other on public land. CO Schottenbauer soon realized the calls were from opposing hunting parties in the same area. Both parties complained of ethical dilemmas, and wanted CO Schottenbauer?s opinion. CO Schottenbauer questioned how people were unable to find space in over 300,000 acres of public wilderness. Much of CO Schottenbauer?s time was spent checking hunters, and handling some equipment needs.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) continued to check deer hunters. The officer responded to trespass and ATV complaints. Enforcement action was taken for ATV and big game violations.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked the last weekend of the deer season seeing a few more deer harvested in the cold temperatures. Many area lakes in the area were completely covered in ice by the end of the weekend. Violations that were encountered included lending and borrowing of licenses, trespassing, and transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.