District 7 - Grand Rapids area

Last updated: 2014-09-16

CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked bear, grouse, and youth waterfowl hunters. Investigated multiple trespass complaints and attended firearms training.

CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) checked anglers, worked boating enforcement, ATV activity, small game activity, and checked bear hunters. Violations included angling with an extra line, failure to display registration, no navigation lights after sunset, watercraft ID, burn prohibited materials, and minnow dealer without placards. Grouse hunters are reminded small game shooting hours end at sunset.

CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) finished step 2 of field training with a COC, checked anglers, monitored early goose activity, worked the small game and archery deer opener this week. The grouse success in the area was on the down side. Enforcement action was taken for no HIP certification, operating an OHV on a roadway and no license in possession.

CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) checked bear and deer hunters this past weekend. She also checked grouse hunters. She answered several questions about deer season concerning permit areas and the city hunt. She received a TIP call of possible illegal waterfowl hunting in the Deer River area. CO Sutherland, Lt. Koehn and her responded to the call where enforcement action resulted in citations and warnings.

CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) worked goose hunting activity and youth waterfowl opener over the past weekend. Enforcement action was taken for goose hunting without a Federal duck stamp, a State duck stamp, a small game license, a special season goose stamp, having a loaded gun in a watercraft while in motion, waterfowl hunting while possessing lead and for not having a plug in a shotgun. Enforcement action was also taken for destroying emergent aquatic vegetation without a permit.

CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked fishermen, watercraft, ATV?s, small game and archery deer hunters. He responded to trespass and hunting complaints during the week. Grouse harvest was poor.

CO John Velsvaag (NE Region ATV Officer) checked ORV activity in St. Louis and Lake counties this past week. CO Velsvaag followed up on a trespassing complaint and attended district training. He also received several questions about the Youth Waterfowl Hunt and Early Goose season.

Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids) worked aquatic invasive species, angling, boating, and bear hunting activities. He took a youth out waterfowling with great success. CO Arhart also attended firearms qualification and worked wetland and public waters cases.