District 6: Conservation Officer Sean
Williams (Ely) investigated two poached deer in a road ditch east of
Ely and a trespass complaint in the same area. Violations included
trespassing, illegal party hunting, and hunting over a baited area.
Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) checked deer
hunters during the week. Many people were road “hunting” with
uncased guns, open actions, and rounds sticking in the heater vents
ready for shooting deer from the roadway. When checking one road
hunting duo, the passenger had the muzzle of his gun nestled up
against the rib cage of the driver. When asking the driver how he
felt about his partner’s gun sticking in his side, the driver
shrugged his shoulders and stated it was no big deal because it was
unloaded. The officer asked the passenger to point the gun in a safe
direction because he didn’t want to be a witness to what could
Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Hovland) checked
deer hunters and took another report of hunting deer over bait.
Manning followed up on previous baiting and deer hunter complaints.
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a busy
week of deer hunting enforcement. More baits were located and known
baits were monitored.
Seven more people were cited through the
week for hunting over bait. In each case rifles were confiscated, as
were three bucks that were shot over bait, adding a $500 restitution
cost to the offender’s fine amount. Other enforcement action
for the week included unlawful party hunting, failure to wait the
two day waiting period after purchasing a license, failure to
register deer within 48 hours, failure to validate a deer tag,
permitting or directing a juvenile to hunt in violation of game
laws, and picking boughs without a permit.
Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte): Multiple hunting over baited areas
were investigated with enforcement action being taken. Enforcement
action was taken for hunting over bait, shooting from the roadway
and transporting an illegally taken big game animal.
Conservation Officer Keith Olson (Marine Unit) continued work on
baiting complaints. A decoy detail was worked north of Duluth. Night
work continues for deer shiners.
Conservation Officer Matt
Miller (Marine Unit) worked deer season activities in neighboring
inland stations. Baiting complaints continue to come in.
Trespassing and shooting from the road complaints were checked and
follow-up was done on cases from the beginning of deer season.
Enforcement actions were taken for deer and ATV violations.
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