Mn DNR Conservation Report District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls #1) reports the fall goose and early teal season started over the weekend, which brought questions and a few complaints. All were handled with education, not citations. Bear hunting continues, along with people still out trying to fish and boat on Rainy Lake over the holiday weekend. People are reminded to make sure their ATVs are currently registered and displayed before hitting the trails and woods.
CO Curtis Simonson (International Falls #2) reports spending the majority of the week checking bear hunters and bear-baiting activity. ATV traffic was also monitored in the area. Enforcement action taken this week was for transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, operating an ATV without lights, youth with no helmet on an ATV, and failure to display registration on an ATV.
CO John Slatinski IV (Ray) reports as summer winds down and kids return to school, fall activities are beginning to ramp up. Bear-hunting reports were positive with the season off to a strong start. Early season waterfowl opportunities were monitored. Anglers are still out in strong numbers, with less-than-positive reports heard on that front. Boating and ATV traffic continues to be up as well. Preparation for seasonal changes is well underway.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring the start of the fall seasons, including bear hunting, goose hunting, wild rice harvesting, fall fishing, and ATV riding. Numerous phone calls on a variety of subjects were dealt with. Forest roads and access sites were checked. Equipment was worked on and administrative reporting completed.
CO Aaron Larson (Tower) worked bear-hunting activity and investigated ongoing bear-hunting violations. Larson also worked a busy holiday weekend resulting in a large amount of ATV traffic.
CO Marc Johnson (Hibbing) primarily worked big-game, waterfowl, and ATV activity. Time was also spent speaking at a firearms safety class, investigating a wetlands violation, assisting local law enforcement agencies, and responding to calls.
CO Shane Zavodnik (Virginia) checked bear baits and hunters over the busy weekend. Goose hunters reported fair success opening day and teal hunters were scarce due to lack of ducks. Zavodnik assisted with a two-vehicle crash, during which both drivers sustained minor injuries. A number of boating safety violations were also encountered over the week.
CO Duke Broughten (Aurora) spent the week monitoring fishing, boating, ATV riding, and hunting activity. Anglers reported moderate success. Boating and ATV activity increased over the Labor Day weekend. Bear hunters reported moderate success whereas waterfowl hunters reported poor success. Broughten observed few hunters in the field during early goose opener and the early teal season. Hunters who were encountered reported seeing very few geese and teal. Broughten fielded calls regarding nuisance bears and ATV complaints. Broughten also investigated a public waters violation.