Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2017-09-25

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports speaking at a FAS class in the Crookston area. Time was also spent checking archery deer hunters and small game hunters. Waterfowl hunters were contacted during the weekend. An aquatic vegetation complaint was also checked.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked waterfowl, small game and archery hunters. He also answered questions regarding the upcoming firearms deer season.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) worked the opening weekend of the waterfowl season. Hunters are reporting mixed results with a variety of birds taken. CO Vollbrecht worked a case where an individual shot three banded geese after the season closed and then posted pictures on social media. He also responded to a shining complaint and assisted a neighboring officer with individuals hunting on a closed refuge. CO Vollbrecht worked a detail on Leech Lake with CO McGowan and several individuals were cited for perch over-limits.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji #2) worked grouse hunting and ATV activity during the week. Time was also spent working the opening weekend of waterfowl hunting. CO Holt assisted the Becida Sportsman?s Club with a firearms safety field day at the LaSalle State Recreation Area. The officer continued working on a background investigation on an applicant for the next CO academy.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports a stormy duck opener. Many duck hunters braved thunder and lightning and heavy rain at times but found some success. Bags included mostly teal, wood ducks, and mallards. Archery deer hunters that are successful should be reminded that the deer needs to be registered within 48 hours of harvest and prior to being processed. Small game hunters were finding limited success. CO Vinton continued with a division background investigation. Enforcement action was taken for no small game license, failure to register for HIP, no license in possession.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) checked duck hunters, handled a trespass complaint, and responded to a report of an intoxicated hunter. CO Peterson also continued work on a pre-employment background investigation.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked small game and archery hunting activity. Area WMA complaints of baiting and ATV activity were worked. CO Warren continued follow up on open aquatic vegetation cases. The waterfowl opening weekend was worked with hunters reporting fair to good success. Hunters are reminded to have personal floatation devices aboard their watercraft. A complaint of possible trespass was investigated and questions were answered about the upcoming firearms deer season, waterfowl hunting regulations, and trespass issues.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week working archery deer hunters, invasive species, and waterfowl hunting activity in the Pelican and Moorhead stations. The officer worked shining activity and deer baits. Calls from the public included nuisance beaver complaints. Waterfowl hunters had below average success, but some of that may have been attributed to the heavy rains. The officer also assisted deputies with a physical domestic and had a student ride-along for a day. Enforcement action was taken for no federal stamp, no small game license, no HIP and vehicle trespass on a WPA.

Fosston vacant.

Pelican Rapids vacant.