District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2014-11-25

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports working on big game related cases from the firearms deer season. Time was also spent working archery deer hunters and trapping enforcement. Some anglers are also venturing out onto the ice.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) had a report of an injured swan, assisted other agencies and had reports of trespass concerns after the fact.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked firearms deer hunters, a few trappers and had court.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) worked the closing weekend of the 2014 firearms deer season. Hunting activity was moderate with more people observed heading out ice fishing. Ice depths vary greatly and caution is advised. CO Vollbrecht worked a detail with neighboring officers and an individual was observed shooting from the roadway and cited. Time was spent working with fisheries staff on an Aquatic Management Area violation. A complaint of improperly posted property was taken.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji #2) checked deer hunters, ATVs and trapping activity throughout the week. Complaints were received regarding trespassing, shooting from the road at a big game animal, shining and highway licensed vehicles operating on closed GIA trails. A TIP complaint was also investigated.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports following up on cases from the 2014 rifle deer season, assisting CO Alan Peterson (Osage) with a search warrant and felony arrest for a felon with a firearm, dealing with dogs chasing deer and attending the Perham snowmobile safety class. Ice on many of the smaller lakes averages 4-5? and ice anglers should remember all safety precautions. Many of the larger, deeper, lakes remain open.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked with neighboring officers on a case involving a felon in possession of a firearm, hunting w/o a license and transport illegal big game. An arrest was made, a search warrant was obtained, executed and charges are pending.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports that fishermen are starting to venture onto the ice, but conditions vary. Pheasant hunters are stilling chasing birds and a few goose hunters are still out. A bald eagle was recovered that appeared to have ingested lead, possibly from a gut pile of a deer. The bird was sent to the raptor center for recovery.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) received and investigated calls of possible injured swan, illegal dumping of deer carcasses, accidentally caught fisher and possible angling violations. Follow up was conducted on open cases from the firearms deer season. Questions were answered in regards to ice angling and trapping.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week following up with deer season activity. The officer also spent time speaking with snowmobile safety instructors in the area and preparing for upcoming snowmobile safety classes. The officer fielded calls from the public regarding baited deer stands, archery hunting, and muzzleloader questions. The officer took enforcement for shooting big game from the roadway.

WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week working on WCA cases and completing site visits.
Time was spent assisting a neighboring officer with a search warrant and apprehension of a felon who was believed to be in possession of a firearm. Several fishermen were talked to. Many had caught some fish and reported 2 to 4 inches of ice on the lakes. Caution is urged. Ice conditions do vary in the region and with warm temps ice is unpredictable.