Weekly Conservation Officer ReportsNov 14, 2022 06:42PM ● By Editor
CO Sean Williams (Ely #1) reports deer-hunting pressure continued to be high throughout the week right up the point the area received heavy freezing rain followed by snow and much lower temperatures. Hunters were initially hopeful that the presence of snow and colder weather would improve hunting success, but after several days many hunters reported no deer sign in the area of the Echo Trail and by the end of the weekend most hunters had given up and left the trail.
CO John Velsvaag (Ely #2) checked deer hunters and anglers this past week. Hunting was slow. Several people were not having too much luck fishing either. Velsvaag had several calls about possible illegal deer hunting.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Grand Marais) checked firearms deer hunters and a few small-game hunters. Harvest numbers remain low in the Cook County area. He responded to big-game-hunting and trespassing complaints.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) reports another slow week for deer hunters. She took a report of hunter harassment by an area landowner and a person with questions on the legality of food plots that include vegetables. Manning also located a pile of trash and household furniture dumped on an area WMA. Anyone with information is asked to call.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked predominately deer-hunting activity throughout the week. Overall hunter numbers seemed lower than typical, and harvest continues to be low. Enforcement action included discharging a firearm from a roadway at a deer, possession of an open bottle, and failure to display watercraft registration. Additional investigations are ongoing.
CO Matt Miller (Silver Bay) checked deer and grouse hunters as the weather changed towards winter. Deer hunters experienced a very slow first week of the season, and lakes are starting to lock up with ice. Questions were fielded about dumping of animal carcasses, beaver damage, ATV use, and access on state and federal land. Enforcement action was taken for ATV and small-game violations.
CO Kylan Hill (Tofte) reports a slow week of deer hunting. Success was very low, especially with the poor weather. Hill was pleased to find no violations throughout the week.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked deer-season activity along the North Shore this week. Hunting success improved with cooler weather and better hunting conditions. Ice has begun to form on area lakes but is unsafe for any travel at this time. Enforcement action was taken for trespass and ATV-operation violations.