District 1 - Baudette area
Last updated: 2016-10-17
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked duck hunters on Thief Lake and Roseau River WMAs. Enforcement action was taken on hunters caught shooting while motoring and for making no attempt to retrieve wounded ducks. A nuisance bear complaint was addressed at the Northwest Angle.
CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked big game, small game, migratory waterfowl, and ATV enforcement. Receiving reports of nuisance bears, remember it is that time of the year where the bears are scrambling to fatten themselves up for hibernation. If you live in an area prone to bears, please be mindful of your garbage and anything left outside that could be considered a food source. Enforcement action was taken for the following: no HIP validation and hunt small game without license in possession.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) patrolled for fall hunting and fishing activity. CO Prachar followed up on information from previous investigations. Time was spent on the Rainy River and in the Beltrami Island State Forest. While CO Prachar was working outside of his station he received information from a T.I.P. call in reference to an individual shooting waterfowl after legal shooting hours. The suspect was located and enforcement action was taken for shooting after legal hours and for transporting aquatic vegetation.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) continued to work with a probationary conservation officer monitoring area waterfowl, ATV, and trapping activities. The law and ethics portion of an ATV class was instructed, follow up on a trespass case was conducted, and a TIP call on a waterfowl case was handled. Enforcement action for the week included over limit of geese, unplugged shotgun, possess toxic shot, federal stamp violations, no ATV and OHM registration, and allow unlawful operation of ATV by juvenile.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working a shining complaint area and AIS enforcement. CO Regas spent much of the week attending Wildfire Arson Investigation training at Camp Ripley.
CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck #2) reports focusing time on waterfowl, small game, and ATV enforcement during the past week. Assistance was provided with the search of a hunter who did not show up at home when expected. The hunter was found safe, but confused as to why his family was worried about his whereabouts. Grouse hunters have been reporting decent success. Several hunters with full bag limits have been checked. Time was spent working waterfowl hunters on Thief Lake. Enforcement actions for the week included: fail to retrieve waterfowl, operating a motor vehicle where prohibited, no blaze orange while small game hunting, driving after revocation, and an open container violation was addressed.
CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette #2) spent the week at Camp Ripley for Arson/Wildfire training. Time was also spent checking anglers, archery hunters, small game hunters, and waterfowl hunters. Assistance was given in locating a missing hunter on Thief Lake. Enforcement action taken for no angling license in possession, no trout stamp, and speeding.
Warroad #2 vacant.
Karlstad - vacant.
Thief River Falls #2 - vacant.