District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2014-10-29

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) and a COC worked big game, small game, waterfowl and trapping seasons. The unseasonably warm weather brought plenty of fishermen out to area lakes and rivers. Fishermen were checked and reminded that small mouth bass season is open, however it is catch and release only. Some ATV and motorcycle activity was observed. Enforcement action was taken for possession of marijuana, traps set too close to water prior to the start of mink and muskrat season, license and stamp violations, operating a highway licensed motorcycle on a designated off-highway vehicle trail, and allowing a minor passenger on a class II ATV without a helmet or seatbelt. Waterfowl hunters and fishermen were educated about AIS laws during contacts.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked Boat &Water, trapping, archery deer, waterfowl and leeching activity. He assisted other agencies and responded to calls about baiting, car kill and possible trespass. Gill netters cleaned the walleyes but dumped all the other fish on the road edge for disposal in the public view. While out checking pheasant hunters one individual didn?t want to be checked so he hid in a corn field for several hours. During FAS classes a young man spoke to the class about his embarrassment and shame of taking an extra elk in Utah and then being court ordered to tell his story to the Minnesota students.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) continued field training with a COC. CO Vollbrecht worked with the MPCA regarding the investigation of a residence which was burned. Patrol time was spent checking archery, waterfowl, and small game hunters.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked grouse hunters, duck hunters and archery deer hunting activity. Complaints were received regarding dogs chasing deer. Time was also spent checking trappers on the opening day of trapping season. OHV activity was also monitored.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports working on TIP calls of possible baiting, shining and over limit deer. Complaints of duck hunters trespassing were investigated and enforcement action was taken for no license in possession and no waterfowl stamps. CO Vinton participated in a shining work crew with CO Oldakowski (Wadena).

CO Al Peterson (Osage) continued field training with a COC. They participated in a detail with neighboring officers and responded to various complaints and requests for service. Follow-up work was completed for a shining case from the previous week.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking waterfowl and pheasant hunters. Duck hunters finding some birds in the area which were mostly ringnecks. Pheasant hunting is still tough going. Fishermen were also checked with follow up done of complaints of fisherman keeping slot walleyes. Time was also spent on follow up on dead deer; interviews on a shining case, shooting too close to occupied buildings, illegal taking of muskrats, and working deer baiting tips.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) checked anglers and boating activity on area waters with anglers finding a few late walleyes. AIS checks were performed on angler and waterfowl hunting equipment. Follow up was conducted on complaints of possible wanton waste, waterfowl hunting outside legal hours and deer baiting activity. Questions were answered in regards to the upcoming firearm deer season. Areas were monitored for possible illegal shining activity. A complaint of dogs chasing deer was investigated.

WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week attending the Upper Midwest AIS Conference in Duluth. Time was spent on follow up interviews for a background investigation.

Moorhead - vacant.