Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2017-11-20

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending time working on deer season related cases and following up with deer hunters concerning past violations. An accidentally caught fisher was seized. Car-kill deer permits were issued. Deer carcass import violations were addressed. Some anglers have been seen out on area lakes.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) followed up on cases from the first week of deer season and assisted as TFO in a shining flight.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) continued to work firearms deer hunting activity. Several individuals were checked during the season and reported mixed success. Individuals were cited for shooting from the roadway and no blaze orange. CO Vollbrecht responded to a trespass complaint where an individual shot a deer on an agricultural field after being told by the landowner they could not hunt the property. Enforcement action was taken for the violation. He also testified in a case regarding geese being taken out of season.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji #2) spent the week checking deer hunting, small game, and trapping activity. Time was also spent monitoring rec vehicle activity in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. CO Holt followed up on complaints and worked several details with other officers in high complaint areas. Violations encountered included hunting license violations, shooting from the road, and trespassing.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports anglers have begun venturing out on area lakes. Ice thickness reports vary and anglers should be reminded if they plan on going out on the ice they should have the necessary equipment should they go through the ice. CO Vinton also continued with post deer season investigations and began a background investigation of a potential new conservation officer.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked on reports and follow-ups from the rifle deer season.

CO Steve Chihak (Moorhead) spent a majority of the week following up on open cases from the firearms deer season. Two Hawley high school students were given an opportunity to ride along with the officer for a day. CO Chihak also attended a training event in Fargo.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) spent time on follow up and complaints from the firearm deer season. Complaints of illegal dumping of deer carcasses were received. The public is reminded to dispose of the remainder of processed deer in a proper manner. Area ice anglers have begun to venture out on the ice and angling activity was monitored.

CO Bill Landmark (Pelican Rapids) followed up on trespass complaints that happened during deer season. He also handled several nuisance wildlife calls.
Fosston vacant.