District 7 - Grand Rapids area

Last updated: 2015-11-24

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked deer and small game hunters. He investigated complaints on baiting deer, trespass, operating ATVs in closed hours. Illegal deer stands, and shooting from a motor vehicle complaints were looked into.

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) checked big game hunters, worked ATV activity, and checked small game hunters. He continued to work on various investigations. CO Hansen also took care of miscellaneous wildlife complaints. Violations included transporting loaded firearm, ATV hours of operation, and no license in possession. A hunter reported his deer stolen from camp. One hunter reported their hunting camp only got two deer for 30 hunters.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked deer hunters and monitored trapping activity. He assisted the County Sheriff?s Office in locating a suspect that fled into the woods. Enforcement action was taken for fail to register deer, lend and borrow license, fail to validate site tag and no license in possession.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) checked deer hunters this past week. She also responded to trespassing complaints and handled a hunter harassment call. She investigated another baiting complaint and handled car kill deer calls. Enforcement action was taken for duck hunting violations.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked a busy last week of firearms deer season with enforcement action taken for taking a deer in the wrong zone, failing to validate a site tag, failing to tag a deer, failing to register a deer, multiple loaded firearms in/on a motor vehicle, and operate an OHM in the road-right-of-way.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked trappers, ATVs, and firearms deer hunters. He also worked hunting and trespass complaints during the week. Various enforcement actions were taken.

CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working big game activity. Enforcement action was taken for possessing a rifle during deer season without a license. Wichmann also investigated a TIP call about a subject shooting from an ATV, operating an ATV on roadway along with other violations.

CO John Velsvaag (NE Region ATV Officer) checked ATV activity in several complaint areas and checked deer hunters. CO Velsvaag received several complaints of illegal ATV use in closed areas and closed hours during deer season. CO Velsvaag observed several areas that had been baited for deer but no hunters were in the area.