DNR conservation officers' report: Wildfire arson investigation, Deer season preparations etc.

Here's the weekly report from DNR conservation officers in northwestern Minnesota for Nov. 2: District 1 - Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) assisted DNR Forestry with a wildfire arson investigation in the Caribou area. Illegal deer baiting an...

Here's the weekly report from DNR conservation officers in northwestern Minnesota for Nov. 2:

District 1 - Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) assisted DNR Forestry with a wildfire arson investigation in the Caribou area. Illegal deer baiting and deer shining were both investigated during the week.

CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) took care of seasonal boat storage issues, checked grouse hunters, and checked waterfowl hunters that were happy to see some new ducks in the area. Deer hunters were sighting in rifles and putting final touches on deer season preparations. Numerous phone calls on disability permits, gun case law changes and last year's problems were handled.

CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) worked with other COs checking waterfowl hunters, conducting after sunset boat and water patrols, and checking anglers in the Lake of the Woods area. Windy conditions kept walleye anglers pretty much restricted to fishing the Rainy River, where success was poor. Follow up continued on a protected waters violation. Enforcement action for the week included over limit of walleye and boating safety violations.


CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) spoke to the Minn-Dak Border Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association on new regulations, posting procedures and ethics. A boat and water safety detail was worked on the Rainy River with COs Gorecki and Birchem. Woinarowicz prepared for the upcoming firearms deer season by locating deer bait locations with Lt. Pat Znajda. Calls of nuisance beaver, a possibly sick bear and car-struck deer were answered. Enforcement action taken for leave stand in WMA, boating safety violations and operate motor vehicle in WMA where prohibited.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) checked waterfowl hunters with hunters commenting on the low numbers of birds. Wildlife Management Areas were patrolled for activity with some individuals scouting for the upcoming firearms deer season. Beltrami Island State Forest was patrolled and ATV activity was worked. Warren worked areas for shining activities.

CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) checked duck hunters, grouse hunters and archery hunters. The cold weather and storm seemed to improve the diver hunting on area lakes. Backer investigated complaints of trespass related to people crossing private property to put up deer stands. Enforcement activity for the week included hunting deer over a baited area where a buck deer was also seized.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Blackduck) monitored grouse hunting and ATV activity throughout the week. Despite the cold wind and rain during the week, grouse hunters that went out in the weather managed to find birds. Shining activity was monitored in the area. Vollbrecht met with the county attorney to discuss a shining case that occurred earlier in the year. Time was spent winterizing station equipment and preparing for the upcoming firearm deer season.

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) focused on fishing and hunting enforcement throughout the week. Fishing continues to be fair on the river as the water temperature continues to fall. Gorecki investigated several complaints on the upcoming firearm deer hunting season. People are reminded to always wear blaze orange when venturing out into the forest during the firearms deer season.

Karlstad - vacant.

Warroad #2 - vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area


CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) reports goose hunters continue to have success but few ducks are in the area. Trespass and deer shining complaints have increased. Property line disputes have started as hunters put their hunting stands up. An interview with a local newspaper was done concerning hunting topics and youth recruitment into the outdoors.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) investigated wetland and riverbank alteration complaints. Waterfowl and archery deer hunters were checked. Calls about a bear with three cubs and disability permits were addressed. Assistance was given to other law enforcement agencies during the blizzard type weather. Many vehicles were in the ditch or involved in crashes due to the wet heavy snow.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked small game hunters, waterfowl hunters, archery deer hunters and trappers. Questions about the firearm deer season have increased.

CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) investigated complaints of deer baiting, deer shining, and trespass. Waterfowl hunters were checked. Duck numbers appear to be increasing in the area and Canada goose numbers remain high. ATV activity was monitored. Many state and county trails are closed due to wet muddy conditions.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) responded to a number of cars vs. deer calls, investigated TIP calls, and patrolled for deer shiners. The officer was a guest speaker at the Rotary Club luncheon. Seasonal equipment maintenance and repairs were completed.

CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) reports an increase in the number of ducks in the area. Flooded fields have created good hunting opportunities for hunters to take advantage of the migrating birds. Complaints of trespass, deer baiting, illegally set traps and deer shining were investigated.

CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) responded to complaints of deer baiting, trespass and deer shining. Several deer bait sites are being monitored for activity. Waterfowl hunters were checked and a complaint of people shooting non-game species investigated. Calls regarding convicted felons hunting, the firearm deer season, and trapping were addressed.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) investigated complaints of taking furbearers out of season, deer shining, deer baiting and late shooting. A black smoke cloud was investigated and enforcement action taken for burning prohibited materials.


CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) checked waterfowl, archery deer, and pheasant hunters. Complaints of tree stands left in a WPA, illegal trapping, deer baiting and deer shining were investigated.

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