District 1 - Baudette area

Last updated: 2016-05-24

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) attended firearms qualification at Camp Ripley. Multiple illegal fires were investigated. Charges were discussed with the county attorney regarding a fishing in closed season case. Instruction was given to new recruits at Camp Ripley.

CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked ATV, OHM, angling and boat and water safety enforcement. On the west side of the lake, anglers were out in full swing enjoying the weather and giving mixed reports on the bite. Most that were able to get their limit had to work for it all day. There have been numerous complaints in and around Warroad regarding juveniles on OHMs and ATVs. Parents, please read the regulations so that you are aware of what your children can or cannot do on these vehicles, if you have questions feel free to call. Enforcement action taken: fail to display ATV registration, operate ATV without safety certificate, operate unregistered OHM, allow illegal operation of an OHM by a juvenile, illegal operation of an OHM on public road right of way and fail to stop at controlled intersection on an ATV.

CO Hannah Mishler (Warroad) assisted with a 4th Grade field trip to Norris Camp and helped teach the students about safety in the woods. Training was attended at Camp Ripley and time was spent checking anglers and boaters on Upper Red Lake. Assistance was also given to a motorist who was hauling another truck on a trailer, when the ruck fell off on the highway. The operator was thankful for the help even after he was issued a citation for driving after suspension. Other violations encountered in the week included: possession of walleye over limit, illegal length walleye, riding on gunwale of watercraft, no angling license in possession, transport loaded firearm, no helmet on child under 18 on ATV, operate ATV without safety training, and no throwable PFD.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) reports a busy week around Lake of the Woods. Boating Safety and Angling Enforcement were worked as well as ATV activity. CO Prachar arrested an individual for operating an ATV under the influence of alcohol. Enforcement action was taken on multiple Personal Floatation Device violations including insufficient number of lifejackets on boats and children under 10 without lifejackets on. Before venturing out on the water be sure to double check that you have all of your safety equipment in the boat. It does no good on shore.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working angling, boating, AIS and ATV/OHV activity throughout the week. A TIP call regarding over limit of walleye on Upper Red Lake was received and the subsequent investigation by officers resulted with enforcement action taken for the over limit violation. Time was spent at Camp Ripley for division firearms training, investigating nuisance bear and wolf depredation complaints and issuing car killed deer possession permits. Enforcement action for the week included angling license violations, operating watercraft after sunset without navigation lighting, no throwable life-saving device, registration violations and failure to remove drain plugs while transporting watercraft.

CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck) worked with CO Mishler a couple days on Upper Red Lake this week. The bite has picked up and not many people struggled to get their limit of walleye. The hot bite tempted several people to take more than their daily limit. The officers received a TIP call of a group of anglers possibly taking an over limit of walleyes. The officers were able to locate the group of anglers and ended up seizing 28 walleyes for over limit violations. The officers ended up with 6 other over limit cases throughout the week and assisted local COs with several other over limit cases coming off of Upper Red. In total 67 illegal walleyes were seized. Enforcement actions for the week included: the over limit cases, several other fishing violations, and ATV violations. A special thanks to the TIP caller, without your assistance who knows how many illegal walleyes the group would have taken home. Anyone who thinks they may have information on illegal fish or game activity is encouraged to call the Turn in Poachers hotline at: 800-652-9093.

Baudette #2 -vacant.

Blackduck #2 - vacant.

Karlstad - vacant.

Thief River Falls #2 - vacant.