District 2 - Bemidji area
Last updated: 2013-12-03
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending time checking muzzleloader deer hunters during the opening weekend. Time was also spent checking archery deer hunters, small game hunters, and trappers. Some ice anglers are also starting to venture out onto area lakes.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) spent the week checking anglers, trappers and hunters. He also gave a talk about furs to local school students.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) worked the opening day of muzzleloader hunting and fisher trapping. Several trappers were checked while out setting their traps. Only a handful of muzzleloader hunters were observed in the field. The first ice fishermen of the year were checked on a couple of smaller lakes in the Bemidji area. Fishermen are urged to use caution when walking out onto area lakes. Ice conditions vary greatly in the area. CO Vollbrecht worked a shining complaint area with CO Holt. Complaints of dogs chasing deer were investigated.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked muzzleloader deer hunting activity throughout the area and in Itasca State Park. Area lakes are starting to freeze up and several ice houses are already out. Complaints were received of trespassing, deer shining, and wanton waste.
CO Chris Vinton (Detroit Lakes) found ice conditions improving throughout the area with 4-7 inches common and some areas with a bit more. Anglers should be reminded that ice is never safe and to visit the MNDNR website for more information. CO Vinton was informed that an angler attempted to drive on the early ice and their vehicle went through. Muzzleloader hunter activity was low and an area trapper call to report a fisher in a trap before the season. The fisher was released.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) reports a slow weekend for area muzzleloader hunters. Ice conditions continue to improve with many anglers heading out on area lakes with portable houses. Anglers should use caution when venturing out on ice. An interview was conducted with a local TV station regarding ice safety. CO Seefeldt followed up on reports of trespass, unregistered deer and a fisher taken out of season.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) checked trapping activity and followed up on a wolf party trapping complaint. He monitored the start of ice angler activity and checked muzzleloader deer hunters. Follow-up was completed on deer season cases.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week following up on deer season issues. He also checked goose and muzzleloader hunters. CO Forsberg responded to calls of illegally taken deer, dead swans, dog caught in trap and dogs chasing deer. Fishermen are beginning to venture out with ATV traffic seen on most lakes.
WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week focusing efforts on Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) and Public Waters (PW) cases. Time was spent corresponding with Local Gov?t Units (LGUs), land owners and hydrologists. Follow-up was conducted with field officers on open cases. Several hunting complaints were fielded and forwarded to the appropriate CO for the area of the complaints.
Perham - vacant.