WEEKLY DNR ENFORCEMENT REPORT: Slow pheasant opener, big game investigation near Baudette etc.

Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota for Oct. 14: District 1 - Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked duck hunters on Thief Lake and the Roseau River impoundments. Angle...

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Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota for Oct. 14:

District 1 - Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked duck hunters on Thief Lake and the Roseau River impoundments. Anglers were checked with CO Vollbrecht on the Rainy River. An accidentally trapped bobcat was turned in that weighed 60 pounds. Violations for the week included transporting a loaded firearm and possessing illegal length walleye.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) worked angling activity, duck, goose, grouse hunters and patrolled for shiners throughout the week. Assistance was given to instructors with the Kelliher youth ATV Safety Class and field day. A complaint of nuisance beaver was handled and enforcement action was taken for an ATV violation.

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing and hunting activity throughout the week. Anglers on the Rainy River and Lake of the Woods continue to report good fishing success. Numerous calls for service were handled ranging from nuisance beaver calls to disability permits. CO Gorecki executed a search warrant on a residence that resulted in the seizure of several big game animals. Charges are pending on the case as the investigation is still on going.


Baudette -vacant.

Blackduck #1 - vacant.

Karlstad - vacant.

Warroad #1 - vacant.

Warroad #2 - vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports spending most of last week checking waterfowl hunters. Few new birds have moved into the area. There are still a large number of geese around. Time was also spent checking archery deer hunters, small game hunters, and anglers. ATV operators and hunting complaint areas were also checked.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) received calls about bear baiting concerns, shining and a theft of a stand and camera. Boating, waterfowl and archery deer hunting activities were monitored.


CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked waterfowl hunters and assisted the SO at a medical call.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) checked waterfowl and grouse hunters. A boat and water safety work detail was worked on the Rainy River with CO Huener and CO Holt. Weather conditions were less than favorable, but several anglers were out enjoying a decent walleye bite. ATV activity was monitored on the Soo Line Trail and other forest roads in the area.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) worked big game hunters throughout the week and taught several portions of a firearms safety field day in Becida. The officer also assisted CO Parthun with removing an illegal permanent duck blind from a local lake. Complaints of duck hunters shooting after hours and big game hunting violations were received and investigated. Officer Holt participated in a work detail on the Rainy River and Lake of the Woods with CO Vollbrecht. Enforcement activity for the week included multiple fishing license violations, boat and water safety violations and over limit violations.

CO Chris Vinton (Detroit Lakes) patrolled the station for waterfowl and grouse hunters. Pheasant opener in the station, even with the "fair" forecast was poor. No hunters checked had birds. CO Vinton assisted the White Earth Conservation Officers with violation committed by a non-Band member. CO Vinton was accompanied by a student ride along from Bemidji State and assisted CO Peterson (Osage) with a TIP call.

CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) reports a slow opener for area pheasant hunters. A combination of poor weather and reduced pheasant numbers made it difficult for hunters that took to the field. Waterfowl hunters also report a slow week with few birds moving into the area. CO Seefeldt followed up on a complaint of an archery deer hunter using bait. Enforcement action was taken for expired ATV registration, no small game license, and no angling license.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked the end of bear season, multiple violations of unregistered baits, driving an ATV in a closed area, and using containers for bait were discovered. CO Peterson also worked anglers and small game hunters with just a few wet anglers and hunters seen.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports the pheasant opener was one of the toughest he has seen in his 20+ year career. Wind and rains on Saturday made for challenging hunting. Hunters reported seeing few birds both on Sat. and Sun. Duck hunters were seeing a few new birds coming in, but no large influx of migrants yet. CO Forsberg also spent time checking turkey hunters, following up on waters complaints and trespass complaint.

WREO Joe Stattelman spent the week working on waters and WCA cases. Time was spent following up on an ongoing APM case and work was completed with the APM manager. Small game, waterfowl and pheasant hunters were checked. Not many pheasants were seen and rainy weather was not helpful to hunters. WREO Stattelman spent time monitoring boat traffic in and out of area lake accesses. The fall weather has slowed traffic considerably. Fall fishermen are reminded to drain all livewells and bait buckets before leaving the access.


Perham - vacant.

NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew marten and wolf telemetry and the Bemidji duck survey. Heineman also attended to aircraft maintenance.

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