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WEEKLY DNR ENFORCEMENT REPORT: Firearms Safety classes, TIP complaints etc.

Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota for April 7:

District 1 - Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers and late ice houses on Lake of the Woods. A Firearms Safety class was attended in Lancaster. Enforcement action for the week included unregistered snowmobiles and possession of an illegal length northern.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) taught the law and ethics portion of Firearms Safety classes in Hallock and Karlstad, conducted follow up investigations on commercial violations, and attended an awards ceremony. Follow up investigation continues on a take gray wolf out of season complaint. Enforcement for the week included fail to maintain commercial records and fail to register big game animal.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) attended an awards ceremony and question session, and attended a meeting in Bemidji. Snowmobiling activity was worked after a blizzard produced over a foot of snow early last week. Preparations were made for upcoming Snowmobile and Firearms Safety classes.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) monitored angler activity on special regulation lakes and monitored area ATV activity throughout the week. Assistance was given to instructors at the Kelliher Firearms Safety classes and at the Kelliher MTA Trapper Education Class. Time was spent investigating a TIP call and working with an owner on a fish house removal. Several calls were fielded with questions regarding the snowmobile trail closing date and state trail non-motorized uses. Enforcement action for the week included ATV registration violations and fishing violations.  

Baudette -vacant.

Blackduck #2 - vacant.

Karlstad - vacant.

Warroad #1 - vacant.

Warroad #2 - vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports working on deer cases from the 2012 and 2013 deer seasons. Time was also spent working predator hunters and ice anglers. Anglers have been catching sunfish and crappies. A meeting was attended in Thief River Falls, along with various other DNR staff from Region 1. Various small game and big game-related wildlife complaints were also received.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) had a report of a fish house left on a small lake, concerns about fish winter kill, deer eating cattle feed and deer being shot. The snowmobile traffic has turned to ATV traffic. A woman called about a dead deer at her property and she locked her dogs up so the officer could remove it. She did not mention the pot belly pig that wanted to keep the deer. A litter item pitched from a car was a book; ironically, it was titled “The Power of Positive Thinking.”

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers and patrolled areas for ATV activity.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked area angling and trapping activity. Complaints were received of illegal depositing of garbage and dogs chasing deer. A TIP complaint was also investigated. Enforcement action was taken for trapping violations.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) attended training at Camp Ripley and followed up on angling TIPS. Wildlife complaints were taken as well.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking fishermen and working fishing TIPS. He also followed up on a complaint of an individual shooting geese. CO Forsberg attended youth firearms safety classes in Dilworth, Glyndon and Hitterdal.

Wetland Resources Enforcement Officer Joe Stattelman spent the week instructing and training at Camp Ripley for in-service training and certification of new Use of Force instructors.

Moorhead - vacant.

Detroit Lakes - vacant.

Natural Resources Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew a Red Lake wolf pack count and attended an pilot meeting at Camp Ripley.

CO Pilot Chris Lofstuen (Bemidji) flew fish shelter missions over Lake of the Woods, the Rainy River, as well as Rainy Lake to the Boundary Waters border. Multiple shelters were observed on Rainy Lake due to difficult conditions. Local COs advised they were aware of the problems. Several houses were observed on Rainy, but it was otherwise clear. Aircraft maintenance issues were attended to and a pilots meeting was attended at Camp Ripley.

Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

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