District 2 - Bemidji area
Last updated: 2014-03-04
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) patrolled area lakes and rivers for angling activity. He also patrolled snowmobile trails, monitored fish house removal, and followed up on complaints regarding predator hunters. CO Hutchins also spoke with volunteer instructors regarding upcoming youth hunter safety classes.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) completed mandatory training, checked anglers and continued to monitor ice shelter removal.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers and started marking fish houses.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling activity in the area. Cold weather has slowed angling activity and many anglers continue to dig houses out of the snow and remove them before the upcoming removal deadline. Area snowmobile trails were monitored. A road kill deer possession tag was issued.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked trapping activity and snowmobilers in the area. He worked an organized snowmobiling event in Kelliher with CO Regas. A good number of snowmobilers were observed even though the weather was very cold. CO Holt would also like to remind anglers of the ice house removal dates. Dates of removal are determined by an east-west line formed by U.S. Hwy. 10, east along Hwy. 34 to Minnesota Hwy. 200, east along Hwy. 200 to U.S. Hwy. 2, and east along Hwy. 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. South of line - March 3, 2014; North of line - March 17, 2014
CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked on a bobcat out of season case, responded to a report of dead turkey?s which were collected for examination, monitored shelter removal and answered calls of take deer out of season and a late deer season complaint.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week monitoring fish house removal, checking fisherman and snowmobilers. CO Forsberg also followed up on snowmobilers chasing wild animal complaint, injured swan, abandoned snowmobile and a vehicle stuck on snowmobile trail.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports monitoring fish house removal from area lakes. Conditions on area lakes were good and anglers had no issues removing their shelters. Most lakes had roads plowed and travel across the lakes in pickups was possible. Snowmobilers were greeted with very cold temperatures and the lack of new snow was wearing on area trails. CO Vinton investigated a possible injured swan. The bird was gone when the officer arrived.
WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week working on open WCA cases. Time was spent attending a meeting at Camp Ripley for the upcoming academy planning. Preparations were made for upcoming sport shows. Time was spent talking to some area lake service providers and bait dealers about AIS.
Moorhead - vacant.
Detroit Lakes - vacant.