DNR report: Oct. 15Reports filed Sunday by conservation officers for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Reports filed Sunday by conservation officers for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) worked moose, grouse and shining activity throughout the week. Moose hunting success picked up during the last several days with many nice bulls taken. Grouse hunters were out in great numbers over the weekend and nearly every hunter checked had birds in the bag. Received a call of a moose hunter accidentally shooting a cow moose. The officer met with and interviewed the hunter and recovered the animal. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Mark Fredin (Aurora) investigated deer poaching and checked the area over for reports of deer baiting. Received a complaint of litter and used receipts to help track down the litterer. Received a call in the Tower station of a car-injured deer that had been lying along the road for 18 hours. The deer was located with a severe broken front leg and next to the deer were containers; one with dog food the other with water. The well meaning person was pushing a two-wheel dolly down the road and was going to try to lift the injured deer up so it could walk away.
John Velsvaag (Ely) checked grouse and waterfowl hunters in the Ely area. Heard several complaints, including those on ATV use and illegal deer hunting. Followed up on several wetlands complaints and a possible waters violation. Checked moose hunting activity.
Marty Stage (Ely) worked on duck, moose, and grouse hunters and anglers. Time was spent in the BWCAW where fishing without licenses, no plugs for waterfowl, no skin on walleye fillets, no canoe and boat registrations, and other violations were encountered. It was common to find ATVs illegally on the roads over the weekend. Leaves are disappearing fast.