District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2015-12-01

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports time was spent assisting with a search warrant in the Bemidji area. Issues from the past deer season were followed up on. Ice conditions are still unsafe.

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports assisting several neighboring officers with a taxidermy inspection in the Bemidji area. Time was also spent checking muzzleloader hunters during the opening weekend. Trapping enforcement was worked on area creeks. A possible wetland violation was also found.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) monitored hunting, AIS, ATVs, and ice conditions. A car kill deer permit was issued. WMA areas had unlawful stands left and a farmer requested searching a WMA for almost 30 escaped cattle. People continue to ask questions about what license is needed to take coyote. They are unprotected and may be hunted without any type of license.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked muzzleloader and trappers.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) assisted the county with interviews for a new boat and water deputy. Officer Vollbrecht assisted CO Holt with a continued investigation regarding a taxidermy inspection.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) prepared for the muzzleloader deer season and participated in a work detail. Time was spent answering questions on the muzzleloader deer season and a trapping complaint was received. CO Holt continued working on a background investigation on a candidate for the next conservation officer academy.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports assisting with a search warrant along with other D2 officers, taking TIP calls about trespass, dogs chasing deer and baiting. CO Vinton answered several calls from people with questions ranging from license needs, concealed weapon permits and trapping. A permit was issued to a hunter that found the buck they?d shot during the rifle season. The deer had been fed upon but the hunter wished to keep the antlers.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked the muzzleloader deer season, trappers and followed up on pending cases. Ice anglers were starting to venture out on some smaller lakes.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked ice angling activity. Recent colder temperatures have started to make ice but the public is reminded that ice thickness can vary and warmer temperatures can change ice thickness please take care when venturing out on area waters. CO Warren assisted with a search warrant in regards to illegal hunting activity. Opening weekend of muzzleloader deer season was worked. Deer permits for car hit deer were issued. A complaint of dog chasing deer was received. A complaint of netting activity by a tribal member was received and forwarded to the White Earth game wardens.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) worked muzzleloader and pheasant hunting activity in the Moorhead station. A work detail was also worked with several district officers. The officer continued to follow up with deer season cases and received several new complaints as well. Several people are getting the itch to ice fish and there are several reports of 3 inches of ice. The officer would like to encourage everyone to be safe as no fish is worth drowning for. A call of an injured deer on a local WMA slough was taken and with proper safety equipment the officer was able to drag the doe off the ice to safety. A deer with an infection was also reported to the officer. Upon investigation it was determined the infections were a result of a bullet wound and predator attacks. Numerous calls from the public included an injured pelican, injured swan, fence line disputes, trespassing complaints, and ATV complaints.