District 1 - Baudette area

Last updated: 2015-11-24

CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked both big and small game activity. The firearms deer season wrapped up this past weekend. Many hunters stated that they would give the muzzleloader season a go, believing that the change in weather over the past few days will provide more opportunities as the deer will be moving a little more frequently in the coming weeks. Enforcement action was taken for the following: lend or borrow deer tag, attempt to take over-limit of deer, illegal operation of an ATV on a WMA, leave stand on WMA overnight, illegal party hunt, transport a loaded firearm in a vehicle, take big game from road right of way and trespass.

CO Hannah Mishler (Warroad) spent the week checking firearms deer hunters, trappers, and grouse hunters. two TIP calls was investigated, one regarding a deer that was shot off the road and one regarding a deer that had been shot and gutted and then drug into the landowner?s field. Enforcement action was taken for transporting a loaded firearm, lending and borrowing license, and driving after revocation.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) reports that the last week of the firearms deer season was slower than expected. Fewer hunters seemed to be in the field pursuing deer even though the herd population appears to be up. Enforcement action was taken for transporting loaded firearms and hunting without a valid license. The bays and tributaries to Lake of the Woods and Rainy River are beginning to freeze over. The resorts and local residents are working hard to get ready for the upcoming ice fishing season.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) continued to monitor area deer hunting activity and responded to calls of illegal dumping of deer carcasses, trespass, and shooting from the road complaints. Colder temperatures and snow lessened the number of hunters afield. Enforcement action for the week included fail to register big game, transport loaded firearm, unlawful party hunting, operate ATV in WMA, and leave stand in WMA.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports monitoring deer hunting activity throughout the week. Many hunters contacted reported not seeing many deer which was consistent with the number of deer checked at many deer camps. Time was spent working special details with CO?s Holt and Vollbrecht, working shining complaint areas, investigating hunter trespassing complaints and TIP calls of shooing from the roadway and shooting during closed hours. Violations addressed throughout the week included trespassing and wanton waste.

Baudette #2 -vacant.

Blackduck #2 - vacant.

Karlstad - vacant.

Thief River Falls #2 - vacant.