District 1 - Baudette area

Last updated: 2014-04-15

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) spoke at and assisted a local police department with a DARE class. Follow-up continues with the last couple fish houses left on Lake of the Woods. Many northern pike tip-up anglers have been using the lake with mixed results. Mature female northern pike seem to be spread out a bit more than most years. Enforcement action for the week was taken on an angler using too many lines, ATV and OHM violations. An investigation is pending on a wanton waste case involving three deer that were left hanging since last November.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) responded to calls of an injured owl and dogs chasing deer. The law and ethics portion of Firearms Safety classes were taught in Oslo, Argyle/Stephen, and Newfolden. CO Woinarowicz assisted a North Dakota Game Warden with investigations finding violations of non-residents buying Minnesota resident licenses and taking big game with illegal license.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) monitored activity on the Red Lake and Thief Rivers and access checks were performed. CO Warren taught the law and ethics portion of a Snowmobile Safety class in Middle River. Trails, WMAs and other areas were monitored for ATV and off-road vehicle activities. Questions were answered in regards to gray wolves, turkey and deer seasons.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) monitored angler activity on special regulation lakes and monitored area ATV activity throughout the week. He gave a laws and regulations presentation and assisted the instructors at the Kelliher Firearms Safety classes. Time was spent monitoring spring beaver trapping activity and an accidental catch otter was seized. He completed a commercial inspection at a local taxidermy shop. CO Regas investigated a report of an injured deer which was being followed by a man who appeared to be tracking the deer and was in possession of a rifle. CO Regas and sheriff deputies followed tracks to a residence about a half mile from the original call. The investigation revealed the family?s dog had chased down a deer injuring the deer and the dog?s owner had been tracking the deer to euthanize it. The dog?s owner had taken corrective action with the dog prior to officers making contact with the owner of the dog. Neither the dog?s owner nor officers were able to locate the deer after several hours of tracking it. Time was spent investigating an ATV trespassing complaint and fish house removal progress continues to be monitored on the remaining shelter on Upper Red Lake.

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing and boating activity throughout the week. Anglers on the Rainy River were reporting a good walleye bite until Saturday when the water clarity diminished greatly. The river is now open through Frontier landing, and opening up at a much faster rate than earlier this spring. Anglers on Lake of the Woods are reporting difficult and slushy conditions that are making travel difficult.

Baudette -vacant.

Blackduck #2 - vacant.

Karlstad - vacant.

Warroad #1 - vacant.

Warroad #2 - vacant.