Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked the firearms deer opener along the North Shore with most hunters checked at least seeing some deer.
Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area hunting and ATV activity.
Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area ATV and hunting activity.
Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely 1) spent the latter part of the week patrolling areas of the BWCA by canoe and on foot. Fishing reports were slow with mostly northern pike being caught, but a fair amount of grouse and ducks were seen in spite of the weather.
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) assisted volunteer instructors in teaching youth firearms safety and ATV safety classes this week.
Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked primarily small-game and waterfowl enforcement during the week. Assistance was provided on a rescue in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness involving a hypothermic solo paddler who had capsized his canoe.
Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area anglers. Much of Schottenbauer’s time was spent working small-game and off-road activity in the station. CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked waterfowl, small-game and big-game activity during the week. Grouse hunting continued to improve with cooler weather and Murray was lucky enough to encounter an excited youth hunter with his younger brothers and dad, moments after he shot his first grouse.
Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked angling and boating activity in the area. Weekend activity revolved around the small-game opener and the ATV activity that goes with it. CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) reports a slow opening weekend for grouse and archery deer hunters. With temperatures near 80 degrees and scattered thundershowers, game wasn’t on the move very much. Hunters checked reported flushing a few birds but ground cover is still too thick to see many of them.
Editor’s note: Some conservation officers don’t submit reports every week. Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area bear hunting and angling activity. He also continued training with COC Karon as he gets ready to move on to the next step of his training. Time was also spent working ATV activity in the area.
Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked a busy Labor Day weekend with everyone out enjoying one last summer outing. Bear season opened with some camps getting a few nice bears on opening day.