District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2014-10-21

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) and a COC worked hunting and fishing activity. Bear hunting and deer hunting activities were monitored. Waterfowl hunters were checked. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license, unsigned federal stamp, no HIP certification and no PFD. A possible wetlands conservation act violation investigation was started and is pending. A report of dumped waterfowl carcasses was handled. Waterfowl hunters were checked and reminded about AIS laws during duck season. A litter case was discovered and resolved.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked waterfowl hunters, boating, and leechers. He responded to hunter harassment, wolf depredation, car kill, camping at a public access, possible deer baiting and trespass/posting complaints. He also assisted other agencies, participated in a radio talk show and spoke of laws and ethics at a FAS class.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) continued training with a COC. They worked in the Baudette #1 station and spent time in the Beltrami Island State Forest. They checked many grouse hunters who reported small numbers of grouse and that the birds are small in size. They found two hunters who were indulging in marijuana while hunting. Citations were issued and the drugs were confiscated. They checked fishermen on the Cass Lake Chain and found two fishermen with an over-limit of walleye on their boat. Further investigation led to the finding of two more party members and 51 walleye in total. Citations were issued and fish were confiscated. CO Vollbrecht also received a complaint of an individual burning garbage. After further investigation it was determined the individual was burning a trailer and parts of a building. The fire department was called to put the fire out. Charges are pending.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) worked waterfowl hunters and OHV activity. Complaints were received regarding ATV use in a state park, deer shining, and an injured eagle. Time was also spent reminding duck hunters about AIS laws. Many grouse hunters were checked during the MEA weekend.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports working on several TIPs that have been received relating to fishing, big game and dogs chasing deer. CO Vinton had contact with an angler that was fishing without a license and was wanted in Becker County for multiple violations. The angler was placed into custody and CO Vinton transported him to the Becker County Jail. Duck numbers have fallen off over the last week and along with that so have the duck hunters. AIS was discussed with waterfowl hunters. Enforcement action was taken for no licenses in possession.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) continued field training with a COC. Time was spent working waterfowl and small game hunters. Waterfowl numbers were down from past weeks, but hunters still saw a variety of ducks. ATV trails and forest roads were also patrolled. CO Peterson and COC responded to a report of shining. Two individuals were arrested and three have charges pending. A truck and gun were also seized. Officers also responded to multiple tips/complaints and requests for car kill permits for various animals. Violations included shooting after hours for waterfowl, no federal duck stamp, no small game license, no HIP certification, and possession of road kill bobcat w/o a permit.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week working duck hunters, fishermen, pheasant hunters and bow hunters. CO Forsberg also responded to complaints of an individual shooting muskrats, housing construction next to an eagle?s nest and a swan being shot. He also followed up on complaints of fishermen taking slot fish, trespass, car hit moose, livestock killed by predators, illegal blinds in a WPA and shining.

WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week working on public waters cases with Hydrologists, APM case site visits, WCA site visits and work with LGUs. Time was also spent working on a background and conducting interviews and follow up.

Moorhead - vacant.