WEEKLY DNR ENFORCEMENT REPORT: Snowmobiling and ice fishing, TB deer survey etc.Natural Resources Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji)was grounded most of the week due to poor weather in trying to get to Thief River Falls for the TB deer survey. With luck, the survey was scheduled to start Monday morning.
By: Minnesota DNR,
Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota for March 5:
District 1 - Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods. Fishing has been good around Rocky Point. Violations encountered included angling with extra lines and keeping illegal length walleyes. Enforcement action was also taken on an individual for driving a Class 2 ATV on a Grant-In-Aid snowmobile trial on. Snowmobilers were checked with CO Woinarowicz around two different antique snowmobile runs in northwest Minnesota. Multiple no-registration violations were found. CO Huener assisted the sheriff’s department with a fleeing intoxicated snowmobiler.
CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) spent time checking anglers and snowmobilers on Lake of the Woods. A number of snowmobile driving complaints were received. Enforcement action for the week included angling and fish house violations.
CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) spent time checking anglers on Lake of the Woods and met with a county attorney on a trespass/theft case. A Snowmobile Safety class was attended for area youth. CO Birchem gave a presentation on wolf howling to students at a local school. Enforcement action was taken on a variety of fishing violations.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) monitored snowmobile trail activity during two vintage snowmobile rallies in Warren and Thief River Falls. A call of a possible gray wolf struck by a car was checked, ground support for an aerial survey was provided, and area public accesses were checked for abandoned shelters. Enforcement action for the week included numerous snowmobile registration violations, no ATV registration, angling with an extra line, taking northern in closed season, allowing illegal operation of an ATV by a juvenile and storage of an ice shelter on a public access.
Blackduck #2 - vacant.
Karlstad - vacant.
Warroad #2 - vacant.
District 2 - Bemidji area
CO Stuart Bensen (Erskine) reports many snowmobiles out this week. Bensen and CO Malinowski checked snowmobiles on the snowmobile trail system. Anglers are removing shelters from the lakes. Bensen spoke with a newspaper reporter about a variety of outdoor topics.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) checked anglers, fish houses, and snowmobiles. Snowmobile numbers were the highest of the season.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked angers and snowmobiles. Fish houses and shelters still on the lakes were documented, marked, and photographed. Confiscated and accidentally taken fur was sold.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) assisted with angling enforcement efforts of Lake of the Woods by participating in a work crew. Over limits of fish and using too any lines were the most common cases. Vollbrecht spoke to a group of snowmobilers at Lake Bemidji State Park before going on a park organized ride. Snowmobile trails are in excellent condition and many snowmobiles were out. A TIP Call regarding taking walleyes after the close of the season was investigated.
CO Stacey Sharp (Bemidji) reports area snowmobile trails are in excellent condition. Snowmobiles were out in high numbers. Snowmobile owners are reminded that even though it was a short season, current registration and trail permits are required. Snow conditions also drew cross-country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts to the trails and forests. Coyote hunting activity has also increased.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) checked lakes for fish house removal compliance. Several shelters were marked and photographed just in case they were not removed by the March 5 deadline. Snowmobiles were out in high numbers, and law compliance was very good. A report of a snowmobile that fell through the ice was investigated. Preparation for instruction at the Conservation Officer Academy was done.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) spent time at the Fargo Sport Show focusing on Aquatic Invasive Species laws. Area lakes were checked for fish house removal compliance. Shelters on lakes south of Highway 10 need to be removed by March 5. Angling activity has slowed. Snowmobiles and coyote hunters were out in high numbers. Complaints of deer and goose carcasses dumped in the road ditch were investigated.
CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) focused enforcement efforts on angling and snowmobile activity. Many fish houses were removed early in the week when a heavy snow event was predicted. Coyote hunting activity has increased, and so have the calls about the laws.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) checked anglers and monitored fish house removal. An investigation involving deer registration and fur tagging continues. Peterson and CO Hunter spoke to resource management classes at Park Rapids High School.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) checked anglers and snowmobiles. Snowmobile activity was high but area trails are in fair condition. Fish house removal activity was monitored, and some shelters marked and photographed. Forsberg spent time at the Fargo Sport Show focusing on AIS information.
Water Resource Officer Traci Hanson (Northwest Region) worked with local government officials on ongoing WCA cases and wetland violations. Snowmobiles and anglers were checked. AIS training lesson plans for law enforcement officers and the Conservation Officer Academy were prepared.
Natural Resources Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) was grounded most of the week due to poor weather in trying to get to Thief River Falls for the TB deer survey. With luck, the survey will start Monday morning.