Last updated: 2017-01-09
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports speaking at a safety class in Oklee this week. Time was further spent checking ice anglers and snowmobile operators on local GIA trails. ATV operators were also checked and aeration system inspections were completed. Various fishing and snowmobile violations were encountered.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked angling, ATV, snowmobile, trapping, and predator hunting activities. With winter finally arriving, it was learned that abandoned vehicles had been left on snowmobile trails; the owners were contacted for removal. Officer Malinowski also attended a sportsman club meeting.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) assisted at the snowmobile safety class put on by the Clearwater County Sheriff?s Office. He also checked ice anglers, a few sleds, and helped out some local trappers.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) monitored angling activity on area lakes. Anglers are enjoying improved ice conditions and the ability to move around on most area lakes. Officer Vollbrecht patrolled snowmobile trails with Officer Holt. Trails are in excellent condition and have all been groomed.
CO Brian Holt (Bemidji #2) focused primarily on snowmobiling and angling activity during the week. Time was spent patrolling snowmobile trails and working lakes in Itasca State Park. Enforcement activity included angling license and snowmobile registration violations.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports assisting with snowmobile training for the recent conservation officer academy graduates. Training included an introduction of radar operation, patrolling, and general maintenance. An accidental caught fisher was surrendered. Officer Vinton also patrolled area lakes for ice angler and shelter compliance. Area lakes are starting to see larger fish houses on them. Enforcement action was taken for no license in possession, extra lines, and failure to display valid registration.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked snowmobile enforcement, anglers, and followed up on a possible deer out of season complaint.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports spending the week working fishermen and snowmobilers. Vehicles are starting to drive onto the lakes. One was reported to have broken through the ice but it was saved from going to the bottom by the snow plow on the front. Time was also spent handling car kill deer and accidentally taken fisher.
CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling activity on area lakes. Anglers checked reported slow to fair bite; ice conditions continue to vary. Snowmobile and ATV activity was worked on trails and waters. The public is again reminded to stay on the trail. Questions were answered in regards to collector snowmobile registration, shelter tag regulations, and angling regulations. Areas were monitored for trapping activity. Officer Warren assisted a local PD with locating two individuals.
CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring angling, snowmobiling, and following up with hunter-harvested deer that were illegally brought into the state. Snowmobilers are enjoying groomed trails for the first time in three years and they all agree the trails are in good condition. An injured deer was dispatched and follow up was conducted on a late season pheasant complaint where the hunter shot within 500 feet of an occupied residence. The officer assisted with Glyndon, Hawley, and Twin Valley snowmobile safety classes as well. Enforcement action was taken for two adults who brought their child to snowmobile safety training while operating snowmobiles displaying expired registration, discharge firearm at a wild animal within 500 feet of an occupied building, and numerous incidents of illegally transporting hunter harvested cervidae into Minnesota.