DNR conservation officers' report: 14-point buck seized, Deer season enforcement etc.

Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwestern Minnesota for Nov. 16: District 1 - Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) focused on the firearms deer season but also got a call to assist U.S. C...

Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwestern Minnesota for Nov. 16:

District 1 - Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) focused on the firearms deer season but also got a call to assist U.S. Customs with an over limit of walleyes. Hunters generally report a slow deer season. Illegal deer baiting activity was monitored. Citations were issued for hunter harassment and for transporting a loaded firearm. Hunters are reminded to register their deer within 48 hours of the close of firearms deer season.

CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) reports that the Warroad registration numbers are down from last year. Mild weather kept hunting pressure up with hunters bagging more deer. Trespass issues are being investigated. Enforcement action for the week included firearms transportation violations.

CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) continued follow-up on complaints from the deer season. Investigations include trespassing, littering, and taking deer in closed hours. Harvest success appears to be down.


CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) continued monitoring firearms deer hunting activity. Additional deer baiting cases were made along with multiple shooting from the road at a big game animal. A TIP call led to the seizure of a 14-point buck that was taken from a roadway while the shooter sat in the passenger seat of a pickup. Further investigation resulted in the seizure of an additional 10-point buck located at the same shooters residence. CO Woinarowicz also worked with a deputy sheriff on shooting from the road cases and with CO/Pilot Don Murray on baiting and trespass cases. Enforcement action for the week included take deer over bait, shooting from road right of way at big game animal, recreational trespass, transport loaded firearm in motor vehicle, and deer tagging violations.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) continued working the firearms deer season. Area hunters reported mixed results with some hunting parties commenting on the many deer they had seen and taken and other groups seeing very few deer. Baiting issues continued to be a problem with more citations issued for hunting over baited areas. While on patrol CO Warren witnessed an individual shoot at two deer from a roadway. When asked about the incident the hunter replied he hadn't seen any deer and he was getting desperate. Investigations continue in regards to shooting from roadways, illegally taken deer, and hunting over baited areas.

CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) continued to check deer hunters and investigated additional baiting complaints. A district shining detail was worked. Enforcement activity for the week included no big game license.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Blackduck) monitored deer hunting activity throughout the week. Registration stations in the area reported seeing more deer being registered as the week went on. CO Vollbrecht assisted with a deer hunter that fell 16 feet out of a stand. A shining detail was worked with other district conservation officers in the Baudette area. CO Vollbrecht received a complaint of wanton waste of waterfowl. The violation is currently under investigation. Numerous complaints of shining activity were received during the week.

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) checked hunters and responded to complaints throughout the week. Hunters continue to report less deer taken and seen than in previous years. Numerous complaints were handled including shining, baiting, shooting from roadways, trespassing, and property disputes. Anglers were checked and reported good fishing in the Rainy River. Enforcement taken included loaded firearms in motor vehicles, operate ATV in a WMA, loaded handgun in a motor vehicle, and hunting over bait.

Karlstad - vacant.

Warroad #2 - vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area


CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) investigated complaints of trespass, shooting from the road, no blaze orange, and deer carcasses dumped in the road ditch. One hunter was found to have a warrant for his arrest. There appeared to be fewer hunters out during the second weekend on the deer season. A college student rode with the officer over the weekend and a radio interview was conducted about the exotic deer shot earlier in the deer season.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) responded to complaints of trespass, transporting loaded firearms in a motor vehicle, wanton waste, deer tagging issues, shooting from the road, a wetland alteration, and bear/deer struck by cars. The officer also assisted with an assault complaint.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) reports an increase in deer shining complaints throughout the firearm deer season. Some complaints involved shots being heard and dead deer found the next morning. The officer assisted other law enforcement officers with a serious injury vehicle crash, and a hunter that fell from an elevated stand.

CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) reports a quiet weekend for the firearm deer season. Hunters report seeing fewer deer than previous years. Complaints of trespass, deer shining, shooting from the road, and deer struck by motor vehicles were investigated.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports the deer season ended the same way it started, slow. The number of hunters and deer appear to be down. The officer received several complaints of timber wolves killing all the deer, and one hunter asked what the DNR wanted hunters to do that see wolves chasing deer. People are reminded that timber wolves are protected and chasing deer is natural. A hunter with a small fork horned buck down had a set of plastic antlers taped to the rack. His party had a smallest buck contest that he didn't want to win, not sure how long he could fool his fellow hunters. A TIP Call resulted in a citation for a deer hunter hunting over bait. Failure to validate deer tags was a common occurrence.

CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) observed fewer hunters out the second weekend of the firearm deer season. Some hunters were discouraged by seeing fewer deer than previously, but realized the vast amount of standing corn is a factor. Complaints of trespass, shooting from the road or road right-of-way, possess rifle in the shotgun zone, and shooting from a motor vehicle were investigated.

CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) investigated several deer shining complaints where gunshots were heard. In one case, a witness took pictures of the poachers at the scene. Trespass and shooting from the roadway complaints were investigated. Several complaints are still under investigation. Overall, hunters and harvest appear to be down.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) assisted a neighboring officer with a shooting from the road complaint, where a trophy deer was shot. The investigation continues. Complaints of trespass, illegal party hunting, late shooting, shooting from the road, and elevated stands left in an AMA were investigated. The number of complaints during the deer season is down from previous years.


CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) investigated complaints of deer baiting, trespass, and shooting from the road. Standing crops and mild weather seemed to slow the deer take. Duck hunting activity and duck numbers in the area are almost nonexistent.

Related Topics: HUNTING
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