District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2014-10-14

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) and a COC have been working waterfowl hunters, big game hunters, small game hunters and fishermen. Several nuisance beaver complaints were investigated. A suspected public waters violation investigation was started. The officers spent time educating waterfowl hunters about AIS laws as they pertain to duck hunting equipment. A large permitted CRP fire was checked. Enforcement action was taken for hunting waterfowl without a federal duck stamp, fishing without an angling license, hunting without a license in possession, and taking a prairie chicken without a license. The officers seized the prairie chicken. A green-winged teal and American coot were seized for being taken illegally.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked AIS, ATVs, waterfowl, and deer archery hunters. He responded to TIP calls, car kills, problem beaver, trespass and possible wolf depredation that is believed to be coyote.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked hunters, investigated a wolf depredation and answered calls on upcoming firearms deer season.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked waterfowl and other small game hunting activity. Officer Holt also checked on ATV activity in the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. Time was spent working with neighboring officers on a special detail. Enforcement action related to illegal deer shining activity.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports checking waterfowl, grouse and archery deer hunters. He assisted CO Oldakowski (Wadena) with a vandalism investigation on a WMA and issued several car killed deer permits. CO Vinton assisted the MSP with a person that had gone off the road and then refused to get out of the vehicle. Dogs chasing deer complaints were also investigated. Enforcement action was taken for over limit of ducks and license issues.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) and a COC spent time working waterfowl and small game hunters. Focus was again placed on AIS education and enforcement while checking hunters with watercrafts and decoys. However, hunter numbers and waterfowl numbers were way down from previous weeks. Violations for the week included transporting loaded firearms.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports a slow pheasant opener with less than a bird per hunter average. Dry and windy conditions along with a lot of corn still standing made hunting tough. Duck hunters report slower success. Time was also spent on waters violations and shooting to close to residence complaint.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) monitored angling on area waters. Waterfowl and small game hunting activity was worked. CO Warren investigated calls of possible illegal waterfowl hunting including closed areas and closed hours.

WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week focusing efforts on Wetland Conservation Act and Public Waters cases. Much of the week was spent working on a background investigation for the CO Prep program.

Moorhead - vacant.