DNR log: Nov. 27Reports last week from Minnesota DNR Conservation Officer Dan Thomasen for District 6, the Two Harbors area.
Reports last week from Minnesota DNR Conservation Officer Dan Thomasen for District 6, the Two Harbors area:
- Looked into a possible shoreline violation which was then handed over to county planning and zoning.
- Deer season continued to be slower right up to its close. More hunters were observed on the move in vehicles, combing the area looking to fill tags. While the officer did not find anyone shooting from the roadway, numerous hunters were reminded to be careful of what they were doing and to stay legal.
- While walking a trail looking for hunters to check, Thomasen had the feeling he was being watched. Looking up in a large spruce tree, the officer spotted a camo-clad hunter. After a license check and interview with the hunter, it was discovered that his entire hunting party was not wearing any blaze orange while in their stands. Enforcement action was taken and blaze orange requirements explained.
From other DNR regions:
- Randy Hanzal of the Duluth region reports that after receiving a complaint from a group of hunters about people shooting from the roadway a decoy was placed nearby. A short time later, one of the people who made the complaint was caught shooting at the decoy from within the road right-of-way himself.
- A moose was recovered and salvaged after a hunter accidentally shot it, mistaking it for a deer.
- Hunting without a license, hunter harassment, shooting from a roadway, gross misdemeanor shining, failure to register deer and no current registration on ATV were other violations encountered during the week.
- Kipp Duncan, also of the Duluth region, took several calls of dumping deer carcasses.
- A couple of hunter harassment calls were investigated.
- Time was spent working road hunting complaint areas. A couple of trespass complaints were also investigated.
- He assisted with two dead moose calls which involved getting samples to wildlife biologists for research.