District 1 - Baudette area

Last updated: 2014-11-18

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked hunters in the Roseau, Marshall, Kittson and LOW counties. Violations encountered included shooting from the road, trespass, taking an antlerless deer without a permit, transporting illegally taken big game, transporting loaded firearm, fail to register deer, and fail to validate tag.

CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) focused on big game and small game enforcement throughout the Warroad area, to include the Northwest Angle and Beltrami Island State Forest. The firearms deer season continues to yield a less than expected harvest, with hunters reporting scarce sightings of both bucks and does. The grouse population seems to be thriving; they are being seen throughout the area both on and off roads. Enforcement action was taken for transporting a loaded firearm on an ATV.

CO Hannah Cowden (Warroad) spent the week checking deer hunters in the Beltrami Island State Forest and surrounding areas. Little success was reported again this week. One group was eager to get out on the ice and decided to test their luck at spearing instead (also not much luck). Time was spent monitoring traps set in the state forest and complaints of hunting over bait were handled. Violations include untagged traps.

CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) worked with multiple neighboring officers on an array of different activities ranging from checking deer hunters to spearing activity. The bays and tributaries are starting to freeze up, but the ice is still very thin. Remember to double check how thick the ice is before venturing out and be safe when doing so.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) continued to monitor firearm deer hunting activity. Total deer numbers were lower than recent years but the rut was in full swing during the season with many large bucks taken in the area. Enforcement action included transport loaded firearm, unlawful use of radio to take big game, fail to tag deer, fail to validate tag, unlawful party hunting, and leave stand in WMA.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) worked a number of details with neighboring officers; monitored deer hunting, trapping and ATV activity throughout the week. Time was spent issuing car killed deer possession permits and assistance was given to the sheriff?s office with a report of a rabid gray fox. A trespassing complaint and a TIP call were investigated. Enforcement action for the week included operation of an ATV during restricted hours of the firearms season and unlawful transportation of loaded firearms.

Baudette #2 -vacant.

Blackduck #2 - vacant.

Karlstad - vacant.