District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2014-04-15

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports checking anglers and ATV operators. Fish have also started to run in area creeks. Time was also spent working on a game farm inspection. A firearms related training session was attended in Bagley.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) completed mandatory trainings, monitored anglers and beaver trappers. A draining complaint was closed and permit questions were answered concerning wood cutting on WMAs and shoreline alterations. A dead deer was reported on a lake and a reportedly injured eagle was actually so gorged on a car kill deer it could not take flight.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) prepared for upcoming in-service training, answered calls related to turkey season and checked beaver trappers.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored ice angling activity in the Bemidji area. Reports are spotty with most people targeting perch. Time was spent checking area forest roads for activity and monitoring ATV activity.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) monitored angling and ATV activity. Most forest roads and trails in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest are now closed due to melting snow and wet conditions. CO Holt attended a DNR Earth Day/Arbor Day event at the Paul Bunyan Mall in Bemidji. Questions were answered regarding AIS, angling and hunting seasons.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports assisting employees for DNR Fisheries and Waters with a site inspection after a neighboring landowner complained of water backing up onto their property. CO Vinton assisted a North Dakota Conservation Officer with a possible license fraud investigation. Several calls were received of deer parts getting dumped in area ditches. All instances appeared to be the result of the melting snow uncovering the parts dumped during the end of deer season.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked anglers and ATV/vehicle enforcement in closed areas of the State Forests. Enforcement action taken for ATV?s in a closed area, over limit of sunfish and culling/sorting.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking fisherman. Ice conditions are deteriorating with the ice pulling away from shore. Time was also spent checking ATV operators and following up on a trapping complaint. CO Forsberg also investigated a license fraud case, conducted a game farm inspection, and followed up on a complaint of tree branches left on lake from tree removal. He also talked at FAS class in Hawley, checked for fish run, and assisted with a commercial fur buyer inspection.

WREO Joe Stattelman spent time working on upcoming trainings. WCA and public waters cases were reviewed and several sites were visited on follow up from last year. Several open cases were worked on and LGUs contacted regarding progress. Cases were discussed and guidance given to field COs regarding WCA issues.

Moorhead - vacant.

Detroit Lakes - vacant.