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DNR Report: Oct. 27

Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked big game and small game hunting activity. The unusual warm weather has slowed grouse and duck hunting down a bit as the birds don't seem to be moving. Wood ticks have also emerged in numbers once again making a walk in the woods less enjoyable. Murray assisted a neighboring officer with illegal road hunting activity and investigated nuisance animal complaints.

Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) Worked area hunting activity this week. Time was spent with equipment issues as well. Area lakes were worked for activity this week.

Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking small game hunters, archery hunters and ATV riders. Time was also spent completing reports and following up on complaints.

Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a busy Minnesota Educator Academy weekend of grouse hunting, fishing and ATV enforcement. Numerous contacts were made resulting in violations, including an Illinois resident that had purchased resident combination licenses under his wife's name and address. Enforcement action included: no small game license, nonresident purchasing a resident license, loaded guns in motor vehicles, uncased handgun, transport grouse without a wing, fishing with an extra line and expired ATV registration.

Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) came across an illegal campsite on public lands during the week. Someone had built a small structure, cut down a live tree to make a shooting range, left garbage, shell casings and junk behind. The officer did take note of the words "Mother Nature," "my happy place" and "flower child" written on the campsite structure. He then wondered why someone who claimed to be so close to Mother Nature would leave such a mess strewn about on her forest floor.

Conservation Officer Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked anglers coming off Lake Superior for lake trout possession in their bag. He also checked shore anglers on lakes north of Duluth — the walleyes are starting to provide a consistent bite as of late. Olson issued a bear possession permit over the weekend and found bird hunters are doing well now that most of the leaves have dropped over the last few days of rain and heavy winds.

Conservation Officer Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked grouse hunters and ATVers. Assistance was given to local agencies with emergency calls. Commercial herring nets were checked on Lake Superior. Enforcement action taken for ATV and commercial violations.

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