District 7 - Grand Rapids area

Last updated: 2016-08-30

CO Jimmy Van Asch (Hill City) attended annual training at Camp Ripley. Time was also focused on angling, bear bait, and ATV activities throughout the area. Bear hunters continued their preparations for opening day on September 1. Enforcement action was taken for no angling license in possession and angling without a valid license.

CO Jayson Hansen (Big Fork) and a COC focused on the upcoming bear season and assisted other district officers. Time was also spent maintaining ATVs, patrolling ATV trails and checking public accesses. A campsite was discovered on a boat access along with a stored boat trailer. Other violations observed were transportation of aquatic plants and ATV equipment violations.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) attended training, worked bear baiting, checked anglers, responded to a dead eagle complaint and assisted the State Patrol with locating a suspect that fled into the woods. The area walleye bite was good. Enforcement action was taken for license issues.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked bear baiting activity with many of the baits in the woods getting hit by multiple bears. CO Sutherland took enforcement action this week for over-limit of bass and pike, angling without a license and angling without a license in possession. Multiple nuisance bear calls were also handled.

CO Randy Patten (Northome) spent time checking bear baits and found many violations that will be addressed opening day. He also patrolled for illegal ATV activity and AIS violations. He met with the county attorney to request a formal complaint for an ongoing case. He handled numerous calls related to bear baiting and hunting, investigated a litter complaint and a deer that had been shot.