District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2014-09-30

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports checking boaters and anglers on area lakes. Time was also spent checking small game hunters and working the duck opener. Many questions regarding the fall hunting seasons were also answered. Violations encountered included unplugged gun, no state waterfowl stamp, no HIP certification, and take smallmouth bass in closed season.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked ATVs, AIS, angling, waterfowl and archery deer hunters. He also assisted other agencies with personal injury accidents requiring three life flights and a stolen vehicle that was also a rolling meth lab. The waterfowl opener found hunters having success while deer hunters were forced out of the wood due to mosquitos.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked waterfowlers, small game hunters and recreational boaters.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) worked a busy opening weekend of the waterfowl season. Accesses were busy opening morning with a lot of shooting. Most bags consisted of teal, mallards and wood ducks. A shining detail was worked with area officers in a complaint area. CO Vollbrecht patrolled forest trails and roads for grouse hunters and ATV use. Bear bait stations continued to be checked.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) continued to monitor bear hunting activity and checked ATVs in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. Time was also spent working with a county attorney on an upcoming court case. The officer worked the opening of waterfowl hunting and responded to assist with a medical call in Itasca State Park. A bicyclist fell off his bicycle resulting in injuries serious enough to require helicopter transport to a hospital. Enforcement action for the week included waterfowl hunting violations.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports patrolling area WMAs and WPAs for archery deer hunters and small game hunters. The duck opener was very warm and skies were clear but many of the hunters had a mixed bag of wood ducks, mallards and teal. A TIP call of late duck hunters was investigated and a hunter was contacted that was new to duck hunting and not aware of the 4:00 pm closing. A dog owner was contacted after a complaint of their dogs chasing deer was received.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) received mixed reports on duck opener from happy hunters and others reporting few duck. Complaints of permanent stands on water and violating the 500ft trespass rule were worked. Miscellaneous complaints of litter and PWC?s on a small trout stream were handled. The 4 jet-skis were reported by multiple complainants and were allegedly running at full plane on the Straight River which is a narrow designated trout stream. After seeing for himself and talking to the jet-skiers, one operator was confused why he doesn?t have the right-of-way. Citations were issued.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports an average opener for duck season with a 2-3 bird limit for hunters. If in the right location some hunters were able to shoot a limit. The prairie chicken opener was also worked with few hunters out due to the heat. Time was also spent checking fishermen, following up on shoreline issues, checking bow hunters and assisting with the field day of a firearms safety class.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling and boating activity on area waters. CO Warren followed up on complaints of anglers with multiple lines, possible burning of illegal materials and hunting waterfowl out of season. CO Warren was contacted by a Becker County deputy in regards to a car injured bear. Area trails were worked for ATV activity. Opening of waterfowl season was worked with hunters reporting mixed results and enhanced observation of waterfowl equipment for AIS violations were enforced.

WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week focusing efforts on open WCA cases and AIS law compliance. Time was also spent checking waterfowl hunters, small game hunters, and ATV riders. Several site visits were conducted on possible wetland violations. Fishermen and boaters were checked. A background packet was picked up at Camp Ripley and a background investigation started for the CO Prep Program.

Moorhead - vacant.