District 1 - Baudette area

Last updated: 2015-08-25

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked bear baiting activity around Roseau County. Anglers were checked on Lake of the Woods and the Roseau River. Assistance was given to Roseau County Sheriff?s Office with a drug bust.

CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked bear baiting, AIS, angling and ATV enforcement. CO Benjamin along with CO Cowden gave a safety and regulations briefing to the Firearms Safety Class at the Warroad High School, stressing the importance of safe handling of firearms and explaining the actions of a responsible hunter. Time was spent going over the regulations book with the future hunters, pointing out that the majority of the violations that we deal with could have been avoided if only the individual had taken the time to read the regulations prior to engaging in the activity. Enforcement action was taken for the following: allow illegal operation of an ATV by a juvenile, passenger on an ATV under the age of 18 without a helmet, angling with an extra line and no throwable legal life saving device on board a watercraft.

CO Hannah Cowden (Warroad) spent the week working Lake of the Woods and the surrounding area. Time was spent focusing on angling and OHM enforcement, as well as bear baiting. Anglers were checked on both the north and south side of the lake, with the north seeing much better luck. Enforcement action taken for operating OHM on public highway, no helmet or eye protection on OHM for operator under 18, operating unregistered OHM, and no angling license in possession.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) attended annual training at Camp Ripley. CO Prachar is preparing for the 2015 bear season to start and anticipating a busy September with many hunting seasons opening in the near future.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) attended annual training at Camp Ripley, taught the law and ethics portion of the Thief River Falls firearms safety class, and continued to monitor bear baiting activity. Bear hunters are reminded that they are required to register all baits, even those on private land, by the next postal day following the establishment of that bait. Enforcement action for the week included ATV registration violations and unlawful operation in a WMA.

Thief River Falls #2 Vacant

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports monitoring boater AIS compliance, angling and boating activity on special regulation lakes and bear baiting activity throughout the week. Time was spent at the fall in-service training and nuisance beaver complaints were handled.

Baudette #2 -vacant.

Blackduck #2 - vacant.

Karlstad - vacant.

Thief River Falls #2 - vacant.