DNR Conservation Officer weekly reports

District 6 - Two Harbors
CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports a weekend of clouds and rain did not deter small-game hunters in the Ely area from searching trails for grouse. Success was again low, but most hunters checked said it was as much about enjoying the fall colors as shooting a bird. Waterfowl hunters reported still seeing a good amount of geese north of Ely but reported very few ducks.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) checked small-game hunters and anglers on area lakes. ATV trails were monitored. He handled wildlife-related complaints and assisted other agencies.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) patrolled forest roads and trails checking small-game hunters and ATV operators. Manning also checked end-of-season trout anglers on inland lakes and worked the salmon run on Lake Superior tributaries.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily spruce-top theft cases throughout the week. He also checked some duck and grouse hunters. Three separate spruce-top thefts were solved, including a large theft on state forest land. Charges for gross misdemeanor timber trespass are pending. Additional enforcement action was taken for transporting a loaded gun in a motor vehicle.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area small-game-hunting activity this week. Time was also spent on a continued background investigation.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked small-game and archery deer hunters this week. Mild weather and peak fall colors brought lots of travelers to the North Shore. Fall anglers are getting in some fishing on area lakes before weather turns cold. Several campgrounds are still busy with campers.

District 5 - Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) reports lots of people were out enjoying the woods and water, whether it was fishing, hunting, riding ATVs, or hiking. Animal-related complaints and trespass complaints were handled throughout the week. A law presentation was given to an area trapper education class.
CO Curtis Simonson (International Falls #2) reports working small-game hunters, goose and duck hunters, ATV enforcement, and anglers on the Rainy River. Bear-hunting activity was also monitored this past week.

CO John Slatinski IV (Ray) reports nuisance-bear reports continue to be heard, as well as complaints of people feeding other wild animals, which are causing problems and concerns for neighbors.

The area was busy, with ATV riders, grouse hunters, and waterfowl hunters contributing to most of the activity. In one instance, two off-highway vehicle operators drove next to the officer’s patrol vehicle at a stop sign and then continued onto the highway, operating in the driving lane and on the shoulder at a high rate of speed. Contact was made with both individuals.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring public access sites and checking fishing activities. Small-game hunting activities were checked, as were area forest roads. Equipment work continues. Other time was spent returning phone calls and dealing with nuisance animals.

CO Aaron Larson (Tower) worked primarily small-game and decorative material enforcement. Larson worked with CO Bermel on a case that resulted in a large seizure of spruce tops. Larson also investigated a potential shoreline violation.

CO Marc Johnson (Hibbing) primarily worked small-game, archery deer, and waterfowl activity. In addition, time was spent speaking at a firearms safety class in Buhl, responding to calls, and attending a community event in Chisholm.

CO Duke Broughten (Aurora) spent the week monitoring fishing, hunting, and ATV activity. Recreational activity appeared lower this week. Waterfowl hunters reported moderate success with local ducks.