District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2016-08-23

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending the majority of checking anglers and watercraft operators on area lakes and rivers. Time was also spent checking ATV operators. A deer violation from the 2015 deer season was worked. Violations included no angling license, no PFDs, no throwable, and failure to register deer.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked on bear baits, answered complaints of bears in crops and took questions about upcoming hunting seasons.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) and a COC worked sport fishing on the Cass Lake chain and Lake Bemidji. Warnings were given for no license in possession and PFD violations. ATV enforcement action was taken at Brainerd International Raceway as part of a work detail. Citations and warnings were issued for numerous ATV safety violations to include youth without helmets.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked bear baiting and ATV activity in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. Time was also spent checking angling and wild rice harvesting. The officer monitored AIS compliance in the area and took a complaint of an injured eagle.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports conducting ATV patrols, contacting anglers and discussing AIS. He also assisted the local sheriff?s office with multiple calls related to an Amber alert. CO Vinton provided ATV law training to Wadena County law enforcement officers. The training is POST approved and gives local law enforcement the latest ORV laws and resources. CO Vinton had a court hearing in Otter Tail County Court on a case from last deer season.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) monitored bear baiting, assisted with the Park Rapids firearm safety field day and worked ATV enforcement.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) spent time working angling and boating activity. AIS compliance checks were performed. Area trails were patrolled for ATV, OHM, and off road vehicle activity. CO Warren taught the law and ethics portion of firearms safety to classes near Frazee and Moorhead. Bear baiting activity was worked and WMAs were monitored for activity.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) spent the week monitoring ATV, AIS, angling, and boat and water safety in the Moorhead Station. Several cases were also worked including a wetland case where a replacement order was issued. Calls from the public included questions about dog training on public lands.