District 1 - Baudette area

Last updated: 2015-10-06

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored duck hunting activity on Roseau River and Thief Lake WMAs. Hunter success has been great. Assistance was given searching for missing persons at the Northwest Angle. Violations encountered during the week included taking non-game birds (grebes), hunt migratory waterfowl with toxic shot, shooting ducks from a boat while motoring, over limit of redheads, illegal party hunting for migratory waterfowl. An investigation is underway for the shooting of two swans.

CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked migratory waterfowl, along with big and small game. Calls for service included a vehicle vs. bear accident in where an individual struck a bear with his truck around 10:30 PM, he was unsure if the bear was killed as he was unable to locate it due to the time of the evening and the thick brush in the ditch. The individual called the next morning to report the incident, stating that the bear was severely wounded, if not dead, CO Benjamin canvassed the area of the incident and discovered the bear (dead) a short distance from the point of impact. Due to the temperature and elapsed time, the bear was in no shape to be gifted for its meat. Please report such incidents at the time of occurrence so that, if possible, we can make use of the resource and not allow it to go to waste.

CO Hannah Mishler (Warroad) worked a detail in the BWCAW with CO Williams and CO Tetrault. Multiple contacts were made with anglers, campers, paddlers, grouse hunters, and waterfowl hunters. Time was also spent checking small game hunters and waterfowl hunters in the Warroad area. Success varied between groups, but a good variety of ducks were seen. Assistance was given to the sheriff?s office on an attempt to locate three missing boaters whose boat was found overturned near the NW Angle. Enforcement action taken for the week included: fail to display watercraft registration, insufficient PFDs on watercraft, no state waterfowl stamp, taking non-game migratory birds, transporting a loaded firearm, and driving without a license.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) reports a busy week of patrolling for small game and waterfowl hunters. Time was spent working ATV complaints as well as hunting complaints. CO Prachar, along with CO?s Mishler and Huener, assisted local law enforcement in looking for victims of a boating accident near the NW Angle.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) continued to monitor waterfowl and bear hunting activity in the area. Follow up was conducted on a peat fire complaint and a Wetland Conservation Act violation. Enforcement action for the week included waterfowl stamp violations and ATV registration violations.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports monitoring ATV trail activity, angling activity on special regulation lakes, waterfowl and small game hunting activity throughout the week. Time was spent working a security detail for the DNR Regional auction, handling various wildlife complaints, issuing car killed deer possession permits and working an ongoing bear hunting case. A burning complaint was investigated with enforcement action taken for burning prohibited materials and failure to comply with burning permit conditions.

Baudette #2 -vacant.

Blackduck #2 - vacant.

Karlstad - vacant.

Thief River Falls #2 - vacant.