District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2016-10-17

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending time this week checking archery deer, grouse, and waterfowl hunters. Time was also spent checking anglers and working hunting related complaint areas. A meeting was attended in St. Paul. Various hunting and fishing violations were found throughout the week.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked boating, ATV, hunting and AIS efforts. He also planned for FAS classes. A pair of young pheasant hunters were excited to display their limits of birds and then hit a nice rooster as they drove away and had concern about being over limit. The officer explained acts of nature and a bird in the grill of the pickup was not considered to be a part of their daily limit.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked hunters, ATV riders and talked at a FAS class. He also assisted at a farm accident.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) worked grouse and waterfowl hunting activity throughout the week. Grouse numbers continue to increase while waterfowl numbers have decreased. CO Vollbrecht also worked shining activity and received a complaint of a dead eagle on a local WMA. ATV activity was worked.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji #2) spent the week training at Camp Ripley. Questions and complaints were received regarding the ongoing waterfowl and archery deer hunting seasons.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports very slow duck hunting for area hunters. Many hunters failing to even fire a shot. Archery deer hunters are reporting deer are beginning to move more as the weather has cooled and fall anglers are taking advantage of good conditions. CO Vinton has removed several stands left on WMAs and would like to remind hunters that stands may not be left out, unattended overnight on state wildlife management areas. CO Vinton contacted an ATV operator that drove onto a WMA past the sign that stated ?No motorized vehicles beyond this point?. The operator?s girlfriend was quick to point out to the operator that she had told him so.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) and COC worked deer and duck hunters and followed up with on-going cases. Officers also handled a case of damage to property and trespass with juveniles who were seen driving loops through a standing corn field

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports spending the week checking duck and pheasant hunters. Duck hunting still spotty with few new birds arriving. Pheasant hunters found difficult conditions with a lot of corn still standing. Time was also spent checking turkey and bow hunters and fishermen.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) spent time working on open cases. Anglers were monitored and AIS checks performed. Waterfowl hunters were checked with most hunters having fair to poor success. Opening pheasant hunting was worked. Hunters were happy with the weather but success rates were low. Firearm deer hunting questions were answered along with tribal law questions. AIS compliance was worked with docks, boats and waterfowl hunting watercraft inspected. Small game hunting checks were performed with hunters reporting good results in some areas and poor results in others.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring archery hunting, waterfowl hunting, and pheasant hunting activity in the Moorhead station. A few more ducks are in the area, but success is still minimal. Pheasant hunter numbers appeared to be down from last year with most hunters reporting a lack of birds. Calls from the public continued to include questions about the upcoming deer season as well as a complaint of a duck hunter using a boat motor on a restricted WMA. A radio interview was also conducted with KFGO radio regarding pheasant season. Follow up interviews regarding a bear hunting case from this fall were also conducted. Enforcement action was taken for burning prohibited materials, no blaze orange while small game hunting, hunting without a license in possession, and transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.