Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2018-02-20

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending time last week in the Grand Marais area on a work detail. Trout anglers and snowmobile operators were contacted throughout the holiday weekend. Various angling and snowmobile violations were encountered.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) monitored snowmobile trails and angling activity on area lakes. He also worked a detail on Lake of the Woods and took calls about dogs chasing deer.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports checking anglers and snowmobilers. He assisted the Otter Tail County Sheriff?s Office when a very intoxicated angler called 911 and complained he?d lost heat and power and that the other angler with him had taken his vehicle key. After a search of the lake, and with the help of the angler?s friend, Vinton and the deputy located the angler in his dark fish house. The temperature in the shelter was well into the 80s. CO Vinton was also asked to assist the DNR Enforcement air wing with an investigation and the Detroit Lakes Police Department and Becker County Sheriff?s Office with the annual Polar Fest festival. Enforcement action was taken for minor license and registration violations.

CO Steve Chihak (Moorhead) spent the week working sport fishing, coyote hunting and snowmobile activity. He also spent time preparing for upcoming firearms safety classes and responding to TIP calls.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) reports performing angling checks on area lakes. Anglers reported a slow bite. She also worked trails and waters for ATV and snowmobile activity, and provided information about licensing and regulations. Warren discussed an open case from the firearms deer season with the Becker County attorney and continued with aeration inspection activity.

CO Bill Landmark (Pelican Rapids) spent the week monitoring angling and snowmobile activity. Anglers are still doing well spearing pike, but panfish and walleye activity has slowed.

Fosston vacant.