Nothing’s yet official, but the positive case near Climax, Minnesota, likely will mean a baiting ban for hunters on the North Dakota side of the river in Unit 2B, which follows the Red River from Fargo north to Grand Forks.
The illegal trade of spruce tops and birch pole continues in Minnesota and Wisconsin, now with stronger ties to convicted felons, many with drug backgrounds. On a good night, two cutters can remove 1,000 spruce tops and clear $1,000 profit.
The October discovery of a CWD-infected wild deer near Climax, Minnesota, along the Minnesota-North Dakota border, adds Clearwater, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk and Red Lake counties to the list of counties where deer feeding and the use of attractants such as salt, minerals and urine is not allowed.
It was reported that an ATV went through the ice on the northeast side of Upper Red Lake, even though the average thickness of the ice on the lake was about 8 inches. Please use caution and keep safety in mind not only during early ice, but throughout the hard-water season.