District 7 - Grand Rapids area

Last updated: 2016-09-26


CO Randy Patten (Northome) started field training with a COC. Officers checked duck hunters opening weekend. Enforcement action was taken on no license in possession, no PFD, AIS, and an unplugged gun. The weather was good for the opener and many hunters were afield. Not many birds were seen in the bag. Some fishing activity was observed.

CO Jayson Hansen (Big Fork) worked boating, ATV, small game, bear hunting, waterfowl hunting and fishing enforcement. Violations included operate ATV on roadway, youth on ATV w/o helmets, and transport aquatic macrophytes. CO Hansen also spent some time on UOF and FTO work.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) worked the waterfowl opener, checked anglers and worked trespass complaints. Success was on the up side for waterfowl hunters. Enforcement action was taken for license issues.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked a busy week with duck hunting opener being a success for many hunters. It was noted that on opening morning of duck season, every boat CO Sutherland checked had youth hunters in it. It was a good sight to see as those youth are the future of hunting. CO Sutherland took enforcement action for not possessing duck stamps, small game licenses, and for not having a license while angling. CO Sutherland also presented the Wall of Shame at the Itasca County Minnesota Deer Hunters banquet.

CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) worked angling, migratory waterfowl, small game, ATV, and AIS activity. Waterfowl hunters were seen having success on the opening weekend. CO Adam and CO Van Asch checked both sturgeon and walleye anglers on the Rainy River. The sturgeon and walleye bite continued to produce good results throughout the weekend. Two fishermen angling for sunfish were observed, each using two poles, and were later found in possession of an over limit of sunfish back at their cabin. Enforcement action was taken for an over limit of sunfish, angling without a license, angling with extra lines, unmeasurable fish, no angling/small game license in possession, failing to drain water related equipment, and allowing illegal operation of an ATV by a juvenile.