District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2015-02-24

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports attending training and meetings in Detroit Lakes and Camp Ripley. Time was also spent checking anglers and snowmobile operators. Violations encountered this week included angling with extra lines, no snowmobile registration, and no snowmobile safety certificate.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked angling, snowmobile and trapping activities. Questions continued to be asked about the AIS stickers. He assisted with a fishing derby and though there was a statewide competition hunting coyotes, many participants quit early due to the brutal weather conditions affecting the dogs.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers, snowmobilers and attend alcohol enforcement training.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling activity on area lakes. CO Vollbrecht attended a district meeting and DWI refresher training. CO Vollbrecht spent time working Red Lake with CO McGowan and CO Holt. Angling reports were spotty, but most anglers were reporting success. CO Vollbrecht worked the annual Eelpout Festival in Walker with several area COs. Injured animal reports were taken. Time was spent patrolling for snowmobiles.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) worked angling and recreational vehicle activity during the week. CO Holt also worked the 2015 Eelpout Festival with other officers in Walker. Time was spent working Upper Red Lake with COs Regas and Vollbrecht. Officer Holt also attended training in Detroit Lakes. Enforcement activity encountered during the week included angling and recreational vehicle violations.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports contacting anglers for the last week of the walleye, pike and bass season. Many anglers took this opportunity to remove their shelters. Complaints of litter left behind by winter anglers were reported. CO Vinton attended a refresher DUI detection class put on by the MSP and assisted other Conservation Officers with interviews and the seizure of a deer mount on a suspected violation from this past deer season.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked the Eelpout Festival in Walker. Angling with unattended lines was a common violation. CO Peterson also attended DWI refresher training and conducted follow-up on deer cases.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) checked anglers and snowmobilers this past week. Angler numbers were reduced due to extremely cold temperatures. CO Forsberg attended DWI refresher training. CO Forsberg received complaints of dog chasing deer and snowmobile trespass.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling activity on area waters. Snowmobile activity was worked with a few sleds using area trails. CO Warren followed up on a report of individuals taking turkey out of season. DWI refresher training and a district meeting were attended in Detroit Lakes. Areas were monitored for predator hunting activity. CO Warren taught the law and ethics portion of youth firearms safety class in Detroit Lakes.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring angling and snowmobiling activity in the Clay and Becker county area. The officer received a call of a male with several juveniles in a silver Dodge Ram that left 15 crappies on the ice on Big Cormorant Lake. If you have any information please contact the TIP line at 1-800-652-9093. The officer also conducted several television interviews regarding shelter removal deadlines. Remember it is illegal to leave shelters at public access. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license.