District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2015-11-24

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) spent the week following up on big game cases. CO Hutchins received various questions from the public regarding car kill possession permits and the upcoming muzzleloader season. A migratory waterfowl case was investigated no violations were detected. CO Hutchins continued an ongoing Public Waters case.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) did some clean up on deer season and gave out information regarding AIS. He participated in a radio talk show and had calls about a dead eagle along with another cougar sighting.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked deer hunters, trappers and answered questions about ice fishing.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) worked firearms deer hunters throughout the week. Complaints of individuals taking over limits of deer and shooting from motor vehicles at deer were taken. CO Vollbrecht responded to a call from the Bemidji PD regarding an individual shooting a deer after hours, with a bow, near a pile of corn. The deer and bow were seized, charges pending. Officer Vollbrecht responded to a call of a dog falling through the ice and the owner falling through while trying to get to the animal. The dog was pulled from the water by CO Vollbrecht and a deputy and returned to a very happy owner. A shining detail was worked with CO Holt and CO Regas. A complaint of an injured swan was taken and follow up interviews continued with a public waters case. CO Vollbrecht field trained a conservation officer candidate (COC) for a day.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) worked deer hunting and trapping during the week. Time was also spent investigating a trespassing complaint and a TIP complaint. CO Holt worked with neighboring officers checking illegal deer shining activity and individuals shooting from the road. Enforcement activity included transporting loaded firearms, hunting in a closed state park and unauthorized use of a GIA trail.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) followed up on end of the Zone 2 deer calls and questions. CO Vinton assisted with call of hunter harassment and possible terroristic threats. Duck hunters called that a property owner had yelled at them and threated to shoot their boat. CO Vinton also took a call from a concerned lake property owner that there were several swans frozen to the newly formed ice. CO Vinton assured the person the swans were just fine and resting on the ice. Ice has begun to form on some area lakes but is quite thin and no one should attempt to venture out yet.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) conducted follow up on cases from the deer season, monitored trapping activity, checked rifle season deer hunters and spoke to a high school class about natural resources, laws and conservation officer duties.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports time was spent following up on deer season complaints. A few duck hunters were still out and several boats were still hitting the water for fish. Smaller water bodies starting to freeze over.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) closed out items from firearms deer season. Possession permits for car hit deer were issued. Request by a local high school student for job shadowing was received. Waterfowl hunting activity was monitored.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week following up with cases from the firearm deer season. Enforcement action included transporting untagged deer, failure to validate site tag, failure to register deer, and careless driving.