District 7 - Grand Rapids area

Last updated: 2014-11-18


CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked deer hunters and worked complaints for baiting, shooting from a roadway, trespass, hunter harassment, and operating a motor vehicle in a prohibited area. Enforcement action taken for using radios to take big game.

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) worked small game, big game, and ATV activity. Violations included hunt deer over bait, use radios to take game, lend borrow a license, illegal transportation of big game, deer over-limit, fail to validate tag, fail to register deer, and operate ATV in closed hours, and on a county road.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked hunters, worked trapping complaints, monitored bough harvesting activity and investigated trespass calls. In one incident CO Fairbanks and his K-9 partner Si were able to locate a spent rifle casing at a baited deer stand. Enforcement action was taken for use radio to take deer, over limit of deer, fail to validate license, hunt over bait, trespass, cut boughs without consent of property owner and transport loaded firearm.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) checked big game and small game activity this past week. She investigated a complaint of road hunting and handled a call concerning an injured deer stuck on a recently froze over lake. Enforcement action was taken for several deer hunting violations, firearms violations and small game violations.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked deer hunters and late season duck hunters over the past week. Limited success was had by deer hunters in the area with cold temperatures and deer numbers being down. Enforcement action was taken for trespassing, failing to validate a deer tag at the site of kill and failing to tag a deer.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked trappers, bough cutters, and deer hunters. He responded to several hunting complaints during the week.

CO Shawn Wichmann (Hill City) spent the week working deer hunting activity. Enforcement action was taken for felon in possession of a firearm, untagged deer and failure to validate license. Wichmann also assisted in looking for a lost hunter.

CO John Velsvaag (NE Regional ATV officer) patrolled for ATVs being utilized by deer hunters. He took calls and complaints of big game hunting violations as well as trapping violations. CO Velsvaag responded to a car accident where a grey wolf was hit and killed. Deer hunting enforcement was the majority of the work load this past week. He assisted district officers with investigations as well.