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DNR Report: Nov. 17

Conservation Officer Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports deer hunting activity continued to be high over the second weekend of the regular firearms deer season. Unfortunately, so was the violation rate. Investigations included trespass, litter and several deer shot off the roadway.

Conservation Officer Marty Stage (Ely) found the deer season to be slow for a lot of people. There has been a lot of shooting from the road complaints, and it is completely amazing that some people are actually surprised that it is against the law to shoot from the roadway. The deer hunting trespass incidents seem to be on the increase as well.

Take the time to read the laws before you hunt.

Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) reports that some hunters have ditched the gun for the ice rod as the conservation officer checked his first ice anglers of the year.  He also patrolled by snowmobile for the first time this season.

Some of the hunters that are waiting for the big buck, don't believe the rut is in full swing quite yet as some have seen many does with nothing following behind. Other hunters report that wolves are responding to grunt and bleat calls thinking it's the dinner bell. One person described what he saw as a fight between a doe and a wolf, but the fight soon ended as other wolves joined in. The conservation officer has never heard it described this way.

Conservation Officer Mary Manning (Grand Marais East) worked a snowy week of deer season. The officer investigated a trespass case involving deer hunters and took calls on wolf depredation. While there is some snow on the ground, conditions are not good for snowmobiling in most places and the lone group of sledders seen was towing a broken down machine down the road back to the cabin.

Conservation Officer Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) reports numerous cases resulting in deer violations with several noteworthy incidents over the past week. One individual was caught hunting from the same baited stand twice in seven days with a citation and seizure of equipment both times. Enforcement action was taken against two people who shot deer off the road, one of which was transported untagged in a vehicle.

Two people were apprehended for killing deer over baited areas, one of which was shot right next to a cabin over a feeding trough. Numerous other deer hunting violations were charged as well.

A TIP call led the officer to an individual who had illegally cut balsam boughs along the edge of hole No. 2 green at the Ely golf course, with enforcement action taken.

Ice fishermen are out on several area lakes.

Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) checked grouse hunters, trappers, ATV riders, ice anglers, snowmobilers, bough collectors and deer hunters.

Conservation Officer Schottenbauer did not see the partridge in the pear tree, but still assumes Christmas is around the corner.

Conservation Officer Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked multiple hunters with success rates varying. Hunting and trespass complaints were handled. Enforcement action was taken for hunting, state park and trespass violations.

Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked a cold and wintery second week of deer season. Most area lakes were completely frozen this week but are not safe for travel yet. Enforcement action was taken for licensing violations and illegal ATV use.