DNR Enforcement report: Trumpeter swan shootings, Grouse and bow hunting etc.CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette)continued to investigate four immature trumpeter swans that were shot over the previous weekend. Birchem observed the most grouse hunting pressure that the Beltrami Island State forest has seen for many years. Unfortunately most of it was road hunting, and a large amount of new litter was observed on the forest roads.
By: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources,
Here’s the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwestern Minnesota for Sept. 27:
District 1 - Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked goose, bear, deer and grouse hunting activity throughout the week. Several deer have already been harvested in the area. Many grouse are being killed by hunters who are willing to walk away from their vehicles and into the woods due to the foliage that is still on the trees. Bears are reported to be moving around more due to the cooler weather.
CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) continued to investigate four immature trumpeter swans that were shot over the previous weekend. A DNR Forestry pre-audit meeting was attended. CO Birchem observed the most grouse hunting pressure that the Beltrami Island State forest has seen for many years. Unfortunately most of it was road hunting, and a large amount of new litter was observed on the forest roads. Enforcement action was taken on ATV violations.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) investigated a wolf depredation complaint and issued nuisance beaver permits. Grouse hunters appear to be doing well considering it is early in the fall. Area angling activity was monitored with the walleye bite starting to pick up.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing and grouse hunting throughout the week. Fishing has slowed in the area probably due to the significant rain reducing water clarity. Grouse hunters were out throughout the week, but significant underbrush reduced hunters’ success. Several trespassing complaints were investigated and a litter complaint was handled.
Karlstad - vacant.
Warroad #2 - vacant.
District 2 - Bemidji area
CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) reports some success by archery deer hunters and northern pike anglers. The high water levels in area rivers have made conditions tough for fishing. Complaints of trespass, littering, and escaped exotic animal were investigated. A trail camera photo reported to have captured a cougar, but upon examination the photo was clearly a bobcat.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) monitored small game, Canada goose, bear, and archery deer hunting activity. Special beaver permits were issued, wolf depredation complaints investigated and an injured swan picked up. The officer assisted local law enforcement agencies with locating and retrieving a stolen Class 2 ATV from a lake.
CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) checked anglers, grouse hunters and archery deer hunters. ORV trails and activity were monitored. The officer spoke to a Firearms Safety Class about laws, safety and ethics. He also spoke to an ATV Safety Class regarding laws, safety and riding ethics and assisted with the riding portion of the class. A TIP call about an over limit of walleyes was investigated. Calls about the firearm deer season and deer shining are increasing.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) checked archery deer hunters, grouse hunters and anglers. Water recreationalists continue to be reminded about the invasive species laws: remove all vegetation from equipment, drain live wells and pull the plug. The officer spoke to a Firearms Safety Class about laws, safety and shooting ethics.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) assisted with archery deer hunter baiting complaints. The Early Goose Season ended with hunters having average success. Officers responded to a complaint of a dead moose in a wetland. Samples were taken and delivered to DNR Wildlife for disease testing. Injured raptor and sick deer calls were addressed. The officer spoke to a Firearms Safety Class regarding laws, safety, and ethics.
CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) checked hunters, anglers and ATV riders. Nuisance animal issues, dumping deer parts complaints and TIP calls were investigated. The officer assisted with the search for a lost hunter in the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. The hunter was able to find his way out of the woods by following the sounds of sirens sounding. The officer also assisted Detroit Lakes PD with a call. The officer spoke to a Firearms Safety Class about laws, safety, and ethics.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) investigated archery deer hunter baiting complaints, dead deer/moose calls and tree stands in a state park. Scouting for waterfowl populations continues in preparation for the waterfowl opener. The officer spoke to a Firearms Safety class about laws, safety and ethics.
Water Resource Officer Traci Hanson assisted area officers with hunting-related calls and TIP calls. The officer attended a meeting of enforcement officers to discuss wetland issues. Wetland issues in Beltrami, Polk and Otter Tail counties were addressed. Invasive species enforcement and education was done in Becker and Otter Tail counties. The officer met with lake service providers about the numbers of zebra mussels observed in Pelican and Lizzie Lakes.
Bemidji #1 - vacant.
Standby CO pilot Jason Jensen flew two Leech Lake surveys and one wolf telemetry flight in central MN.
Natural Resources Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew ringneck duck telemetry flights and attended to administrative duties.