District 2 - Bemidji area

Last updated: 2014-09-16

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) spent time checking a suspected wetland violation site. Time was also spent checking deer, bear, and goose hunters. Anglers and watercraft operators were also checked. Violations included fish over limits, no PFDs, no fire extinguisher, and no federal duck stamp.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked ATV, AIS, and bear baits. Youth waterfowl hunters had success. Plans changed on the small game/ archery opener as he assisted other agencies with recovery of two stolen vehicles and other stolen property.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked goose hunters, bear hunters, and answered phone calls.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) worked the opening weekend of small game and archery hunting. Grouse hunters were surprised by the amount of birds observed during their hunt, but found it difficult to shoot with the tree foliage. Early goose season hunters were checked and reported seeing a big push of birds during the middle of the week. CO Vollbrecht spoke with a group at Enbridge regarding firearms and hunting safety. Follow up was conducted on an area AMA where an individual sprayed a trail to get to the lake. CO Vollbrecht checked fisherman and found the walleye bite was starting to improve as fish move into their fall patterns.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked bear hunting and OHV activity throughout the week. Time was also spent working the grouse and archery deer hunting opener. Enforcement activity for the week included hunting small game without a license, no license in possession, operating an OHM on a public road right of way, OHM registration violations, and ATV safety violations.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports a quiet youth waterfowl day and small game opener. Archery deer hunters were contacted at are WMAs and stated they saw little activity. A complaint of dogs chasing deer was received. CO Vinton attended a meeting with Federal and Tribal law enforcement officials.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) checked hunters and ATV riders. Grouse hunters checked were few and with no birds in the bag. Deer hunters were also checked. On opening evening, one deer hunter was followed and checked at camp where the morning kill was hanging without a tag. While issuing a citation, his brother drove into camp with a second untagged deer. Additional enforcement action was taken. CO Peterson attended a meeting with US Fish and Wildlife and White Earth Conservation Officers to discuss laws and exchange information.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking goose hunters, archery hunters and fishermen. Fishing activity has diminished with the cooler weather but musky anglers were out in numbers. Time was also spent following up on waters and aquatic plant violations.

CO Angie Warren (Detroit Lakes) worked angling and boating activity with a few people enjoying the cooler temperatures. CO Warren attended a meeting of officers from the USFWS, White Earth Conservation Department and the MNDNR to discuss regulations and enforcement response to the upcoming hunting seasons. CO Warren worked the small game and deer archery opening weekend with hunters reporting a slow start to the season. Early goose and bear hunting activity was monitored. ATV activity was worked with enforcement action taken on illegal juvenile operation, fail to display registration.

WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week focusing efforts on AIS and WCA activity. Time was spent checking hunters for youth waterfowl day. Fishermen were checked. ATV activity was monitored in the Smokey Hills area. Goose hunting activity was monitored near the Smokey Hills and around Lake Park.

Moorhead - vacant.