CO Ben Huener (Roseau) continued working the firearms deer season. Court was attended on a gross misdemeanor deer shiner/DWI that was arrested. Case follow-up and paperwork was completed from cases the previous week. Assistance was given to officers in the Blackduck area with illegal shining activity, and charges are pending for shining/transport loaded firearm, as well as operating an unregistered/uninsured vehicle.
CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad North) worked big game, angling, and ATV enforcement. Enforcement action was taken for operate an ATV during restricted hours and operate an unregistered ATV.
CO Nick Prachar (Baudette West) reports that hunter numbers have dropped since the second weekend. Ice is forming on Lake of the Woods and resorts are getting geared up for the upcoming ice season. Enforcement action was taken for possession of slot limit northern. There is no such thing as spear and release. Make certain that you know you are about to kill a legal length fish before you throw a spear through it.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls West) continued to monitor firearm deer hunting activity along with early ice angling. Early ice proved to be fruitful for local anglers and mild temperatures kept deer hunters afield. Enforcement action included transport loaded firearm, untagged big game animal, shoot from the road at big game, fail to register big game, take in wrong zone, allow juvenile to commit game violation, take deer over bait, and store ice shelter on public water access.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck South) reports checking deer hunters throughout the week. Time was spent investigating TIP calls of hunters trespassing, shooting from the road, and shooting from vehicles. A report of stolen traps was forwarded to the sheriff?s office. Work details with neighboring officers were worked with enforcement action taken for shooting from the roadway, shooting from a motor vehicle, and trespassing.
CO Kyle Quittschreiber (Blackduck North) reports focusing time on deer season and checking ice anglers on Upper Red Lake. Ice conditions continue to vary with several unsafe areas even for foot travel. An ATV went through this weekend and a search was conducted for a group of anglers that were on foot and became lost after dark. Enforcement action for the week included walleye over-limit, angling without a license, shining after legal hours, and small amount of marijuana.
CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette East) spent the week focusing on rifle deer hunting and ice fishing activity. Many eager anglers made it out on Upper Red Lake over the weekend, despite the lake still having spots of open water. Multiple anglers were checked and enforcement action was taken for over-limit of walleye, angling without a license, and no ATV registration. A detail was worked with other district officers. Charges are currently pending for no insurance, no driver?s license in possession, no registration on motor vehicle, transport loaded firearm, and using artificial light to locate animals.
Warroad South vacant.
Thief River Falls East vacant.