District 1 - Baudette area
Last updated: 2014-11-25
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked deer hunters in Zone 1 and followed up on some deer complaints. A trespass was investigated and information was taken for several other cases.
CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) focused on big/small game and ATV enforcement throughout the Warroad area to include the Northwest Angle and Beltrami Island State Forest. The firearms deer season concluded and proved to be a disappointment to many hunters in the area; most hunters spoken to report very low encounters with deer throughout the season. Calls for service included a report of a deer taken by a firearm from a motor vehicle on the road right of way in Williams, investigation is on-going. Enforcement action was taken for failure to display valid registration on an ATV.
CO Hannah Cowden (Warroad) spent the week wrapping up the rifle deer season for 2014. Time was also spent on trapping, small game, and ATV enforcement. A complaint of a deer shot from a vehicle, off the road, is also under investigation.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) reports a slow deer harvest to close out the firearms season. Spearing activity has shown mixed results on the frozen bays of Lake of the Woods and Rainy River. Enforcement action was for fail to register deer, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) monitored firearm deer hunting activity for the final week of the season, seeing limited success. Early ice anglers were checked on the Red Lake River in Thief River Falls. Anglers are reminded that ice conditions vary greatly on bodies of water with current and caution should be used whenever traveling on ice. CO Woinarowicz answered calls for car struck deer, illegally disposed of deer carcasses, and possible cougar sightings. Enforcement action for the week included failure to register big game and unlawful party hunting.
CO Traci Hanson (Thief River Falls) worked zone 1 deer hunters. Enforcement action taken for illegal party hunting, transporting loaded firearm in motor vehicle, lending hunting license and fail to possess licenses. CO Hanson spoke to a 97-year-old hunter who was hoping to fill his deer tag.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working deer hunting, trapping and angler activity on Upper Red Lake and special regulation lakes throughout the week. Many anglers took to the early ice on Upper Red Lake. Two anglers received a scary reminder that travel on ice is not safe when their ATV broke through the ice on Upper Red Lake. The two anglers were extracted from the frigid water and were treated for exposure by EMS personnel. CO Regas worked a special detail with neighboring officers, which resulted in enforcement action taken for shooting from a roadway.
Baudette #2 -vacant.
Blackduck #2 - vacant.
Karlstad - vacant.