November 22, 2013

From TwoHarborsMN.com

DNR Report: Nov. 22

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 happen.

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.

Conservation 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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