WEEKLY DNR ENFORCEMENT REPORT: Muzzleloader deer, Unsafe ice in places, Ice fishing etc.

Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota for Dec. 16: District 1 - Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods and Hayes Lake. Area snowmobile activi...

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

District 1 - Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods and Hayes Lake. Area snowmobile activity was monitored and work was done on an arson investigation.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck #2) checked anglers on Upper Red Lake and Special Regulation lakes around Blackduck. Trapping and muzzleloader hunting activity was monitored throughout the week and a few reports of accidental catch Pine Martens were handled. The Red Lake Fisheries Technical meeting was attended.

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette #2) monitored fishing and snowmobiling activity throughout the week. While checking anglers on Lake of the Woods, CO Gorecki came upon a rental house with an individual who was known to be revoked from angling. The individual stated he was just hanging out and denied angling or having any fish, but possessed fishing rods. CO Gorecki observed a covered bucket in the back of the individual's vehicle and it possessed 23 walleye and sauger. Numerous charges are pending and fish and equipment were seized. Other enforcement action taken during the week included numerous over limits of walleye, illegal length walleye, extra lines, unattended lines, angle without license, ATV registration violations, snowmobile registration violations, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Baudette -vacant.

Blackduck #1 - vacant.

Karlstad - vacant.

Warroad #1 - vacant.

Warroad #2 - vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending time checking ice anglers. Walleyes, northern, and some panfish are being caught on area lakes. Time was further spent checking muzzleloader deer hunters, trappers, snowmobile operators, and ATV operators. A deer case involving an illegal use of a landowner deer license was investigated.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) checked anglers, muzzle loaders, trappers and snowmobilers. He taught at a snowmobile safety class, handled animals dumped in a ditch complaint and received a call of an injured goose. Reminder, unoccupied shelters left on the ice must have a tag and owner ID.


CO Tim Gray (Bagley) patrolled for snowmobiles and answered questions related to winter activities.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored ice angling activity on area lakes. Ice depths vary greatly on the lakes and a vehicle went partially through the ice during the week. Caution is advised when traveling on the lakes. Follow-up investigations were done on TIP complaints from the firearm deer season.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) worked muzzleloader deer hunters, trappers and snowmobiling activity throughout the week. Outside temperatures continue to be below zero. Ice conditions remain unpredictable. A vehicle went through the ice during the week in the Bemidji area. Ice anglers and anyone else planning to travel on frozen waters are again cautioned to remain vigilant of ice conditions. Important information regarding ice safety can be found on the DNR website. Officer Holt also assisted with a local snowmobile safety class with approximately 50 students in attendance. Enforcement activity for the week included snowmobile registration violations.

CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) attended the Moorhead and Glyndon youth snowmobile safety classes to give law presentations. He also followed up on reports of dogs chasing deer and failure to check traps. Ice conditions continue to improve some, but large vehicle traffic should still be limited.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) attended training at Camp Ripley, checked anglers/shelters, and checked muzzleloader activity. CO Peterson also conducted a commercial taxidermy inspection and followed up on a new deer season complaint.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking fishermen and muzzleloader hunters. Fishermen starting to drive on the ice even though the thickest ice is about 12 inches. He also spent the week following up on deer registration issues, dogs running loose and tagged furs for an area trapper.

WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week working on closing out WCA cases and planning for upcoming trainings. Time was spent looking at potential new and ongoing violation site visits with the SWCD, Planning and Zoning Office, and the area hydrologist.

Perham - vacant.


Natural Resources Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew northwest Minnesota bear den locations, wolf telemetry and pack counts. Heineman also attended a Pilot meeting and worked on GPS data for the upcoming moose survey.

CO Pilot Chris Lofstuen (Bemidji) worked on flight training out of Brainerd airport and attended the quarterly pilot meeting at Camp Ripley.

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