DNR conservation officers' report: Charges pending in moose case

Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwestern Minnesota for Nov. 22: District 1 - Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) followed up on cases from the firearms deer season. The last duck hunter...

Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwestern Minnesota for Nov. 22:

District 1 - Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) followed up on cases from the firearms deer season. The last duck hunters were checked on Thief Lake as the lake froze on Thursday. A few geese are still in the area but almost all waterfowl has moved south.

CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) checked area deer hunting activity and ATV activity. Many hunters were happy to see some snow. Enforcement action for the week included trespass violations.

CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) found deer hunting activity was slower during the week but success was fairly good for hunters. Follow up continues on shooting from the roadway, illegal ATV use, and hunter harassment. A wetlands violation was followed up on and several bird complaints were received.


CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) continued to monitor firearms deer hunting activity and concluded open investigations from earlier in the season. Woinarowicz dealt with dogs chasing deer issues and an injured eagle call. Charges are soon pending for a Pennington County man who admittedly shot a cow moose during the second weekend of deer season. His firearm was seized and charges of shooting a big game animal from the roadway and recreational trespass will be filed in addition to taking moose out of season. Other enforcement action for the week included firearms transportation violations and burning prohibited materials.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) received calls of hunter harassment, shooting from the roadway and trespass issues. Investigations are ongoing as are earlier investigations. Firearm hunting activity was worked with a few hunters out and about. A call of illegal burning was investigated. A call of a deer tangled in a fence was received as well as a call of an injured deer. Complaints of shining and illegally shot deer were taken. Shining activity was worked in the area. Equipment maintenance was performed. Follow up from firearms deer season continues.

CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) worked on complaints of late shooting, road hunting and ATV issues. Assistance was given to a neighboring officer on a baiting and illegal stand complaint. Enforcement action for the week included taking over limit of ducks, ATV violations, and failure to tag deer.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Blackduck) monitored deer hunting throughout the week. ATV activity was monitored in the Kelliher and Waskish areas. Shining activity was worked in the area. CO Vollbrecht was called to a complaint of a hunter in a vehicle shooting from the roadway in the city of Kelliher. The hunter was located while he was out trying to find the deer. The deer was never hit and enforcement action was taken.

Karlstad - vacant.

Warroad #2 - vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area

CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) continues to investigate complaints and violations from the firearm deer season. The officer participated in an interview with a local newspaper regarding the deer season. Calls from citizens hearing a cougar, and concerns about bobcat activity were received.


CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) reports the northern pike spearing season is open but Mother Nature is a little late with ice-covered lakes. Trespass, deer carcass dumping, a shot moose and stolen PWC cases continue to be investigated.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) investigated deer baiting and trespass complaints in the 100 Firearms Deer Zone. The officer was assisted by a local police officer when a hunter shot at a deer decoy.

CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) investigated trespass, late shooting, and shooting from the roadway complaints. Deer hunters continue to report seeing fewer deer than past seasons. Duck hunters are finding few ducks in the area. Small bodies of water are frozen over, and larger bodies of water are starting to freeze.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) is receiving many calls of deer carcasses and deer parts dumped in the road ditch or on private property. Hunters are reminded to dispose of their animal carcasses properly. The officer spoke to a Snowmobile Safety Class about laws, safety and riding ethics. Calls regarding the muzzleloader deer season were answered.

CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) continues to investigate trespass and party hunting complaints and cases from the firearm deer season. A multi-jurisdictional meeting regarding wetland issues in Skree Township was attended. A shoreline alteration site was inspected after the restoration project was completed. A sick coyote was destroyed.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) investigated complaints of deer shining, night time shooting, and dogs chasing deer. Cases from the firearms deer season also continue to be investigated.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) checked waterfowl hunters, small game hunters and tullibee netters. Many bodies of water in the area are froze over or starting to freeze. Duck numbers are decreasing in the area. Accidentally taken fur taken care of.

Bemidji #1 - vacant.

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