DNR ENFORCEMENT REPORT: Ice fishing, snowmobile enforcement continue to dominate winter workload
Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota for Jan. 14:
District 1 - Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) attended the awards and training conference at Camp Ripley. Anglers were checked on Lake of the Woods. Enforcement was taken for possession of marijuana and angling with extra lines.
CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad North) worked ATV, snowmobile and angling enforcement. Fishing remains good across the lake, though the intensity of the bite varies from day to day. Enforcement action was taken for illegal possession of fillets/immeasurable fish on a special management water, failure to maintain carcasses, angling with extra lines and angling license violations.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls West) monitored angling and snowmobile activity in the area and attended divisional training. The law and ethics portion of the snowmobile safety class was taught in Oklee. Calls for injured deer and trespass were handled as well. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile registration violations and shelter license violations.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck South) reports checking anglers on special regulation lakes and monitoring snowmobile trail activity throughout the week. Time was spent assisting the sheriff's office with a snowmobile trespassing complaint, working on an applicant background investigation and attending meetings and training at Camp Ripley. Regas assisted instructors and gave the laws and regulations presentation at the Blackduck snowmobile safety class, where seven students earned their certificates. Regas reports angling license violations were popular this week.
CO Nicholas Prachar (Blackduck North) reports angling activity on Upper Red Lake has been consistent. Prachar attended annual awards and training at Camp Ripley and worked area angling and snowmobile activity.
CO Hannah Mishler (Baudette East) checked anglers and monitored snowmobiling activity. Time was also spent attending training at Camp Ripley. An injured bobcat was taken to a rehabilitation center.
CO Tony Elwell (Thief River Falls East) worked on big-game cases, checked ice anglers and attended training at Camp Ripley. Elwell also gave a presentation to a local youth snowmobile safety class. Enforcement action was taken for no license in possession.
Baudette West — vacant.
Warroad South — vacant.
Karlstad — vacant.
District 2 - Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports attending a training session at Camp Ripley for two days. Time was also spent working the annual winter lake trout opener in Cook County. Snowmobile operators were also contacted on state and GIA trails. Anglers were checked on local lakes and rivers.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) attended training and assisted at the Clearwater County snowmobile safety class.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji #1) checked anglers on area lakes and patrolled snowmobile trails. People enjoyed the nice weather over the weekend and the trails were busy. Most trails are in good condition, but deteriorating with the lack of new snowfall. Area cross-country ski trails were patrolled. Skiers are reminded to purchase a ski pass before enjoying GIA ski trails. Work continued on a background investigation of an individual and training was attended at Camp Ripley.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports attending the annual Enforcement Division training and awards presentations at Camp Ripley. Car-versus-deer collisions still continue to be an issue and Vinton issued permits to salvage the deer. A background investigation is continuing.
CO Jake Swedberg (Detroit Lakes) spent the week patrolling for snowmobile and ice-fishing activity. Panfish have started biting on area lakes. Time was also spent at the annual training and awards ceremony.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) attended training and worked on a trapping case and other pending cases.
CO Steve Chihak (Moorhead) spent the week working snowmobile enforcement and attended training at Camp Ripley.
CO Angie Warren (Mahnomen) worked snowmobile activity on area lakes and trails. Angling activity was worked with anglers reporting fair success. WMAs and WPAs were monitored for activity. Warren attended training at Camp Ripley.
CO Bill Landmark (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking anglers and snowmobile activity. Calls from the public included complaints of ATV trespass, litter around fish houses, and questions about lake access. Time was also spent attending the annual awards and safety training at Camp Ripley.