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DNR report: Oct. 1

Reports filed Sunday from area conservation officers for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) monitored angling and grouse hunting activity throughout the area. Grouse hunters are having decent success given the amount of leaves still on the trees. Several new investigations into illegal activity have begun thanks to TIP calls. Did presentations at the Two Harbors moose orientation and an ATV safety class.

North Shore

Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking small game hunters, anglers, and following up on wildlife complaints. Phone calls have increased regarding the upcoming firearms deer season and the moose season. Enforcement action was taken for transporting a loaded firearm and snag/use illegal equipment in Superior tributaries.


Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reported another busy weekend as grouse hunters and leaf lookers jockey for position on the back roads. Some people like looking at leaves at high rates of speed and some grouse hunters like to drive slow looking for birds. So people need to be careful on the back roads and pay attention. The pink salmon in the rivers are starting to look pretty rough. Read the fishing synopsis before fishing in Lake Superior tributaries.

A passenger in a car waved with a beer in his hand as he passed by. The fellow said he forgot he was drinking a beer.


John Velsvaag (Ely) checked grouse hunters this past week seeing good success. He also received multiple ATV complaints including trespassing, criminal damage to property, operating on the road, and noise. Followed up on a litter complaint and a road-killed moose.


Marty Stage (Ely) spent time checking grouse hunters and anglers in the BWCAW. Many people are not aware of the Sept. 13 closure on smallmouth bass in the north and are keeping them. Canoe registrations still continue to be an issue. Bears are still taking food packs. One group was pleased that, although the bear took down their food pack, it was nice enough to skillfully open the zipper to eat all the food, leaving the pack behind undamaged.

The campers admitted they had not done a very good job of making their camp bear proof.


Kipp Duncan (Duluth) primarily worked archery deer and grouse hunting activity. Two deer hunting over bait cases area being worked. Night shinning activity was also worked, with a few people not following the rules. Area Lake Superior tributaries are taking the fall salmon run with several people having success. Enforcement was taken for snagging salmon and not returning it to the water.


Randy Hanzal (Duluth) patrolled the Duluth area and checked many small game and archery deer hunters. Assisted the sheriff's department with a person burning tires and railroad ties. An injured eagle was captured and brought to a rehab facility. Gave presentations at several firearms safety classes.


Water Resources Enforcement Officer Michael Scott (Northeast) worked with the Division of Wildlife and Parks with firearms qualification. Worked with Marty Stage in the Ely area investigating two public waters violation cases. Documentation was gathered and info passed on to Division of Waters and St. Louis County Planning and Zoning for review. Spent time checking grouse hunters in the Duluth area where some birds were taken but results were low. Most hunters were just happy being out.

Marine Unit

Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) finished up a deer baiting case, worked shining activity, anglers along the shore and rivers of Lake Superior, and finished up some bear bait activity. Also took enforcement action for angling, invasive species, and big game violations.


Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers along the North Shore. Cold, wet weather and high winds have kept boaters off the water. Followed up on a TIP report with officer Duncan. Also worked deer shining northwest of Duluth.


Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked salmon anglers and bear hunters in Lake and Cook counties.

Turn in poachers

- Turn In Poachers, or TIP, is a private, non-profit organization of conservationists concerned about poaching problems. It works with the DNR to investigate alleged outdoors crimes. TIP provides all reward money for the program.

- The information and the person reporting it can be kept confidential. Those reporting violations are asked to obtain as much information from observation as possible, and to report all violations as soon as possible.

- If an arrest is initiated, the person reporting the violation may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000, depending upon the seriousness of the crime. The reward amount will be determined by an impartial panel.

- Call toll-free at (800) 652-9093, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.