District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2018-04-23

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports following up on a wetland violation and a pending deer case. Time was also spent checking turkey hunters and contacting ATV operators. A few anglers are still venturing out onto the ice.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked trout fishermen and a few ATVs. He also planned for upcoming Academy training.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) checked anglers on area lakes and patrolled closed forest roads. He attended a meeting regarding boat and water training during the Academy and spent time training in an airboat.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports patrolling for turkey hunters during the first season. Many of the hunters battled snowy conditions early in the season but by the weekend warmer weather opened up most areas. The first deer ticks of the season are also showing up. Late ice anglers should be reminded that ice conditions are deteriorating rapidly. Success was mixed. A report of an ATV through the ice was taken and shared with the sheriff?s office. Enforcement action was taken for failing to register deer from the last deer season, no angling license in possession and failure to display a valid ATV registration.

CO Steve Chihak (Moorhead) spent the week working sport fishing, spring turkey hunting and ATV enforcement. Time was also spent giving a law and ethics presentation to firearms safety classes in Felton and Hawley. A wolf depredation complaint was investigated.

CO Angie Warren (Mahnomen) spent time on angling activity and open ice house cases. Ice conditions continue to deteriorate and people are reminded to use caution. Area streams and rivers were checked for fish run activity. Calls were received about a car killed turkey, dead swan and nuisance bear activity.

CO Bill Landmark (Pelican Rapids) spent the week monitoring angling, turkey hunting, and recreational vehicle activity. Anglers found a better panfish bite this week, but warm conditions deteriorated the ice quickly. A couple reports of people falling through the ice were received as well as ATVs breaking through at accesses. The officer responded to a report of an individual angling in a closed area and answered questions about turkey hunting. CO Chihak and Landmark stopped by the QDMA youth turkey event in Pelican Rapids and spoke with the participants who had a good time in the turkey blinds.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked turkey hunters, fire enforcement and trout stream anglers. He also monitored spring fish spawning.

Detroit Lakes vacant.

Fosston vacant.