District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2016-09-26

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports speaking at a firearms safety class in Crookston this week. Time was also spent making several waterfowl related contacts during the duck opener. Small game hunters and archery deer hunters were also checked. A bear hunting related case was worked on.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked AIS efforts, ATVs, commercial enforcement along with waterfowl and deer hunting. He also assisted other law enforcement agencies.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked small game hunters, archery hunters, and answered question about upcoming firearms deer season.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) worked the waterfowl opener. Hunters reported mixed success with hunters enjoying good waterfowl weather on the opener. CO Vollbrecht worked angling and boating enforcement on area lakes. Area forest roads and trails were patrolled for ATV and grouse hunting activity. Grouse success has been limited due to the foliage on the trees.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji #2) worked small game and archery deer hunting in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. Time was also spent completing required training and checking angling and boating activity in Itasca State Park.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) worked duck hunters during the opening weekend. Success was variable depending on the location. Violations encountered included hunting without a license and unplugged shotgun. An ATV safety presentation was given in Two Inlets. Work also included ATV enforcement, big game investigations, and a hunter harassment investigation.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked bear hunters, small game hunters and leech trappers as well as followed up on ongoing cases.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports a fair duck opener depending on hunting location. On Saturday wood ducks were the main birds in the bag. Sunday found a few more teal shot. Hunter numbers appeared to be down. Time was also spent checking prairie chicken hunters and working on aquatic plant violations. CO Forsberg assisted with a FAS field day and a nuisance beaver permit issued. Follow up continues on an illegal muskie case.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling and boating activity with cooler temps improving success rates. Small game hunting was worked with the few hunters out reporting that leaf cover is still pretty heavy. ATV activity on area trails was worked. AIS compliance was worked as boats and lifts are being removed from area waters. Follow up continued on open aquatic vegetation violations. The waterfowl opener was worked with hunters having mixed results, birds in the bag were mixed but most hunters had harvested something. A complaint of trespass was investigated.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring ATV, deer hunting, prairie chicken, and waterfowl hunting activity in the Moorhead station. Assistance was given to a neighboring officer on an angling case and a complaint of ATV chasing deer was also taken. Numerous questions regarding the upcoming waterfowl season and firearms deer season were also handled. The officer observed a decent number of waterfowl in the bag of hunters Saturday, but by Sunday it appeared many waterfowl had left the area. Numerous violations were encountered on duck opener and the officer would like to remind hunters that it is their responsibility to make sure they are legal. It is also the hunter?s responsibility to take ethical shots on waterfowl and make an effort to retrieve a shot bird. Enforcement action was taken for lead shot, early shooting for waterfowl, failure to make a reasonable effort to retrieve waterfowl, unplugged shotguns, no federal stamp, no HIP certification, no state stamp, and no small game license.