District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2014-11-18

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending this week focusing on working the firearms deer season. Several hunter contacts were made throughout the week. Various TIP calls were received concerning illegal hunting methods. Violations encountered included hunt deer over bait, transport loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, fail to register deer, and untagged big game animal.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked litter, trapping, hunting activity and reminded anglers to be careful checking ice conditions. He responded to other agency calls, car kills and another shot moose.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked firearms deer hunters, answered calls and checked a few trappers.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) worked the first week of the firearms deer season. Hunters are reporting fewer deer then previous years. CO Vollbrecht investigated a complaint of an individual shooting on a refuge and a complaint of an individual shooting from the road. CO Vollbrecht worked a detail with neighboring officers. Time was spent checking late season duck hunters on the river.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) continued to work deer hunting throughout the week. Time was also spent checking hunting activity in and around Itasca State Park. A TIP call was investigated and a complaint was received regarding hunter harassment. Officer Holt worked with neighboring officers on a case of illegally taking of deer by firearms in the Bemidji Game Refuge and taking an antlerless deer in a lottery zone without an antlerless permit. Other violations encountered included transporting a loaded firearm, ATV violations and operating a motor vehicle in an area with limitations.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports an active deer season with cold temperatures and spotty hunting. It was either feast or famine with many hunters. TIP calls were investigated and areas prone to violations were patrolled. Enforcement action was taken for shooting from the road, transport loaded firearms, trespass and taking deer without a license. Untagged deer and failure to validate site tags were more common this year and hunters were reminded of the importance of validating their tags.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) checked deer hunters, monitored trapping activity, followed up on trespass complaints and assisted neighboring officers with shoot from the road complaints. Hunting pressure and deer kill seemed lower than recent years. Peterson also assisted with locating a lone female driving in a vehicle with a gunshot wound to the leg. First aid was rendered while waiting for medics.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week working deer hunters. Activity was slow during the week with few hunters out. CO Forsberg followed up on violations of shooting within 500 feet of a residence, shooting of roadway or out of vehicle, fail to tag or validate and hunting over bait. Duck season is over with most smaller bodies of water frozen over. A few fishermen were already out on the lakes. Four inches was found on one smaller lake with several fishermen trying their luck.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked the firearms deer season with hunters reporting few deer taken. Waterfowl hunting activity was worked as was AIS compliance. CO Warren followed up on complaints of trespass, taking deer by use of artificial light, leave deer stand in WMA, dogs chasing deer, a possible sick swan, and illegal lend/borrow hunting tags with investigations ongoing. CO Warren assisted a member of the public and wildlife staff in freeing a deer that had fallen through thin ice on an area lake. Enforcement action included atv usage out of hours, transport loaded firearm, no license in possession and trespass.

CO Bill Landmark (Moorhead) checked on firearms deer hunters throughout Clay, Norman, and Becker counties. Many hunters were struggling to find deer. An interview with one hunter led to the admission that he had shot three deer in one day while hunting by himself. The individual informed the Officer that ?he was not aware he couldn?t do that.? The Officer issued the individual a citation for deer over limit and seized several deer and the individual?s firearm. Another incident was reported where several vehicles were chasing deer around a section. When confronted by the officer they asked how they were supposed to follow the deer to see where they go if they couldn?t use their vehicles to follow them across multiple sections of land. Officer Landmark fielded multiple calls regarding trespassing, illegal party hunting, shooting from the roadway, chasing deer with a motor vehicle and deer over limits. Officer Landmark took enforcement action and issued citations for shooting from the roadway, transporting loaded firearms, unlawful party hunting, untagged big game animal, and an over limit of deer.

WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week focusing efforts on FA Deer season. Assistance was given to neighboring CO?s with calls and complaints in their stations. Time was spent in Becker, Clay, Otter Tail, Wilkin, Mahnomen, and Norman counties. A possible waters and WCA violation is being investigated.