WEEKLY DNR ENFORCEMENT REPORT: U.S. Customs work detail; Bear, goose hunting etc.

Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota for Sept. 3: District 1 - Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods with CO Gorecki. Goose and bear hunter...

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Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota for Sept. 3:

District 1 - Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods with CO Gorecki. Goose and bear hunters were checked on opening day. A fish & game detail at an area Port of Entry was worked. Enforcement activity for the week included unplugged shotgun, unregistered bear bait station, and over limit of walleye.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) worked angling and boating activity on the Red Lake River, Thief River, and Lake Bronson. Bear baiting activity was monitored and an injured eagle call was handled. CO Warren investigated a possible public waters violation and a possible gray wolf depredation. Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) training was attended at Camp Ripley and a fish & game detail was worked at an area Port of Entry.

CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) attended EVOC training at Camp Ripley, assisted the sheriff's office at an injury crash, and assisted the State Patrol at a fatal motor vehicle crash. Early goose season was worked along with the opening of bear hunting. A detail was worked with other officers at a Port of Entry. Enforcement activity for the week included over limit of fish and license violations.


CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) worked boat and water details on Upper Red Lake and monitored angling activity throughout the week. Time was spent monitoring bear baiting activity and ATV use on area trails. CO Regas stopped a boat for a "No Wake" violation which subsequently led to the arrest of the operator for BWI. Additional enforcement actions for the week included angle without a license and fail to transfer ownership.

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing and bear hunting activity throughout the week. Anglers are reporting fair fishing, but storms kept many anglers off the lake over the weekend. Numerous calls were handled ranging from early goose questions to bear baiting complaints. CO Gorecki attended EVOC training at Camp Ripley. A U.S. Customs work detail was also worked resulting in numerous over limit and AIS regulation violations.

Baudette -vacant.

Karlstad - vacant.

Warroad #1 - vacant.

Warroad #2 - vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports working a busy holiday weekend. Time was spent checking boaters, anglers, and ATV operators. Bear, goose, and dove hunters were also checked. Violations encountered included no angling license, operate PWC after hours, no HIP certification, and no ID on bear bait station.


CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) worked angling, boating, ATVs, invasives, early goose and bear hunting. He assisted other agencies, planned snowmobile safety classes, confirmed crop damage by bear and issued special beaver permits. A potential waters violation was also investigated.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers, checked bear hunters, and assisted at EVOC training.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) worked a busy Labor Day weekend. Several boaters and anglers were checked while out enjoying the last big weekend of the summer. Early season goose hunters were checked and reported seeing more birds than expected. A boat and water safety detail was worked with CO Holt on Lake Bemidji. ATV traffic was monitored on area roads and trails. AIS compliance checks were performed at area accesses.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) checked anglers, worked boat and water safety and patrolled area ATV trails. Time was also spent checking bear and goose hunters. Enforcement activity for the week included boat and water safety violations.

CO Chris Vinton (Detroit Lakes) reports conducting EVOC training for other COs at Camp Ripley. This was the first training class to take advantage of the new emergency vehicle training area at Ripley. CO Vinton patrolled for ATV activity and had a busy holiday weekend. Anglers, wild rice harvesters and bear hunters were all contacted. A complaint of a stream being blocked was investigated and it was discovered the lake that fed the stream was just really low. Enforcement action was taken for unregistered bear baits, no trout stamp, unregistered watercraft, no helmet on a young ATV rider, no angling license and revoked driver.

CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) worked the opening of the early goose and bear seasons this past weekend. Goose hunters report seeing fewer birds than recent openers. CO Seefeldt checked bear baiting activity. Dove hunters report seeing good numbers of birds in the area. CO Seefeldt followed up on reports of a deer being shot and assisted the City of Moorhead with an injured red-tailed hawk. He also attended EVOC training at Camp Ripley.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) handled miscellaneous questions and calls regarding wildlife complaints and vehicles in closed areas of state forests.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking fishermen and boaters. Time was also spent following up on weed roller violations, handling complaints of cripple loons, trespass from goose hunters, taking geese during closed season and attended training at Ripley. Very few goose or dove hunters were found out over the weekend with the lack of geese being the biggest complaint from the hunters. CO Forsberg observed large numbers of watercraft being taken off area lakes. CO Forsberg reminds people to use patience when waiting for inexperienced boat owners at public accesses.


Wetland Resource Enforcement Officer Joe Stattelman spent the week inspecting WCA and waters violations. Time was spent on AIS law compliance at area public accesses. A detail was worked with District 1 at the Canadian Ports of Entry around Lake of the Woods. AIS, fish transport and possession laws were enforced.

Perham - vacant.

Natural Resources Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew marten and wolf telemetry. Heineman also gave a required low level check ride and training to a NR Pilot.

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