District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2014-12-16

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports checking muzzleloader deer hunters. Time was also spent checking trappers, ice anglers, ATV operators, and speaking at a snowmobile safety class in Twin Valley. Violations included no angling license, fail to register fisher, no trapping license, fail to register deer, and transport loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) checked trappers, muzzleloader hunters, and ice fishermen. Anglers should continue to monitor ice conditions with our mild winter temperatures. CO Malinowski attended local youth snowmobile safety classes to talk about snowmobile regulations.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked ice fishermen and trappers.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) checked ice fisherman on area lakes. Ice conditions continue to improve with more houses showing up on the lakes. CO Vollbrecht was called out to assist Beltrami Co. Sheriff?s Department. A suspicious vehicle complaint turned out to be an individual that shot a deer and was trying to track it. The two suspects were arrested and charges are pending. CO Vollbrecht responded to a complaint of individuals trespassing to access a small lake.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked trapping, angling and muzzleloader deer hunting activity during the week. Time was also spent checking deer hunters around Itasca State Park. Complaints were received regarding a dog caught in a trap and possible lake pollution violations. Officer Holt also spent time working Upper Red Lake with Officer Regas. Enforcement activity for the week included angling and trapping violations.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports checking local lakes for angling activity, patrolling for muzzleloader hunters and trapping violations. He attended a meeting of EVOC instructors to go over class preparation for the CO Prep program. CO Vinton assisted the Otter Tail Co Sheriff?s Office with two vehicles that went through the ice on the same day. Both drivers got disoriented in heavy fog and drove onto very thin ice. Both drivers were cold and wet but ok. All anglers should use extreme caution while ice fishing and be prepared should they fall through the ice.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked hunters, anglers and trappers. Deer hunters reported low activity and anglers had good success. Follow-up was worked on a trapping and deer hunting cases. CO Peterson also talked to the Wolf Lake snowmobile class about laws and safety.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week working fishermen, muzzleloader hunters and pheasant hunters. Time was also spent tagging fur, following up on deer shining complaints, recovering a dead swan and looked into a complaint of shooting by a residence. Much of the snow has melted off the lakes making for a lot of water standing on the ice.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling activity on area waters with anglers finding a few fish willing to bite. Ice conditions continue to vary and with warmer temperatures the public is reminded to use caution on the ice. CO Warren taught the law and ethics portion of a snowmobile safety class in Detroit Lakes. Muzzleloader deer hunting activity was also monitored.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring anglers and muzzleloader hunters. Fishing is still on the slow side with 10-15 inches of ice on most area lakes. The officer spoke at several area snowmobile safety classes throughout the week and the weekend. Many young riders are eagerly anticipating snow so they can get out riding. A complaint of an individual trespassing and shooting near a corral was also investigated.

WREO Joe Stattelman spent time working on open WCA and PW cases. Site visits were completed. A district meeting was attended. Time was spent monitoring fishing activity. AIS trainings and informational booths are being planned. Time was spent working with field officers regarding possible violations and questions regarding restoration orders.