District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2016-12-05

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports stopping by the Crookston Wildlife Office for fur registration day. Time was further spent contacting muzzleloader deer hunters and small game hunters. A dogs chasing deer complaint was also worked on and deer carcass import violations were followed up on.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) monitored AIS efforts, hunting, and water/ice safety. He also assisted CO Oldakowski with a volunteer snowmobile safety instructor clinic. Thanks again to the dedicated volunteers who continue to make the certification program a success.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked muzzleloader hunters and trappers.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) and COC checked muzzleloader hunters and trappers in the area. Low fur prices are resulting in very few trappers out. Fur registration sites observed very low turnout. Locals are eager for the ice to set in on local lakes for ice fishing.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji #2) checked trapping and muzzleloader deer hunters during the week. Time was also spent working on a trapping complaint. Enforcement activity included no hunting license in possession and failing to validate site tag.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports no ice or snow yet in the Perham station. Muzzleloader hunters are having some success and some open water anglers were still using the late season open water.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) attended fur registration, training at Camp Ripley, and worked with a neighboring officer on an unlicensed deer hunter case.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) investigated a possible wetlands violation. Muzzleloader hunting activity was worked as well as follow up on open cases. A complaint of burning of illegal materials was investigated. Aquatic plant management cases were closed. Items from firearm deer season were worked on. A complaint of beaver plugging a dam was worked with the area hydrologist.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring muzzleloader and archery deer hunters, trapping activity, and small game hunters. Several deer hunting violations were investigated and follow up was conducted with meat processers in regards to the new CWD deer importation rule. The officer also attended fur registration at the Detroit Lakes Wildlife Office where the number of trappers and furs registered appeared to be down this year. Several novice trappers were reminded to read the regulations as fisher, marten, and bobcats must be skinned prior to registration. Enforcement action was taken for failure to validate furbearer site tag.