Published November 13, 2012, 12:05 PM

WEEKLY DNR ENFORCEMENT REPORT: Deer hunting, Deer hunting and Deer hunting

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston)reports that a young hunter accidentally tripped into a bear den and had to dispatch the angry bear.

By: Minnesota DNR,

Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers across northwest Minnesota for the week of Nov. 12:

District 1 - Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) stayed busy with the firearms deer season. Multiple trespass complaints were investigated and charges are pending for illegally taking a deer on posted private land. Enforcement action was taken and firearm seized for an individual who chased a deer with a motor vehicle and then got out to shoot at the deer from the roadway in front of the officer. Enforcement action was also taken on a man who tagged a deer with a fishing license and then failed to register the deer before processing. Hunter activity was slow during the second weekend of deer season with freezing rain making conditions miserable.

CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) reported that deer hunters were greeted with high winds and very dangerous icy road conditions the second weekend. A few kids were observed skating on a gravel road. Hunters that braved the elements seemed to have good success. CO Birchem spent time checking anglers on the Rainy River along with some late season duck hunters. The last of the ducks appear to be on Lake of the Woods for the season. Enforcement action for the week included shooting off the road, trespass, untagged deer, and transporting loaded firearm on an ATV.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) attended emergency vehicle operations training and continued to monitor deer and wolf hunting activity. Calls of shooting big game animals from the road, trespass, and hunters without blaze orange were investigated. Enforcement action for the week included leave stand in WMA, untagged big game animal, no blaze orange during firearms deer season, shoot from road right of way at big game, and multiple transport loaded firearms violations.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) worked deer hunting and ATV activity. Calls of possible trespass, illegally taken deer, deceased deer found in back yard, and baiting activity were investigated. Questions were answered in regards to the wolf hunt, deer licenses and permits. Hunters reported fair to good success rates but ice and poor weather slowed hunting activity for the final weekend. Multiple vehicle hit deer permits were issued.

CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) worked the deer season and related complaints. Follow up was conducted on illegal ATV operation and road hunting complaints. Waterfowl hunters were checked with a few mallards and divers still in the area. Area trappers were checked and numerous questions on the wolf trapping season were answered. Enforcement activity for the week included transport loaded firearms in motor vehicles and illegal trail operation.

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored hunting and trapping activity throughout the week. Deer hunters are reporting poor hunting success, but harvested deer were still observed throughout the week. Trespassing complaints, shining complaints, and shooting from roadway calls were handled. Hunters are reminded that all deer must be tagged before being transported to your deer camp.

Blackduck #2 - vacant.

Karlstad - vacant.

Warroad #1 - vacant.

Warroad #2 - vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports focusing time this week working deer hunting enforcement. Deer hunters reported varied success throughout the week and weekend. Trespass complaints and a hunter harassment complaint were checked. A sick/injured moose was put down in Red Lake County. Waterfowl and small game hunters were also checked. Violations included loaded firearms in motor vehicles, untagged deer, fail to validate site tag, fail to register deer, and allow youth to illegally hunt.

CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) reports handling calls of vehicles hitting deer, an injured eagle, wolf hunting and a deer shot and left in the field and coyotes in town. One young hunter accidentally tripped into a bear den and had to dispatch the angry bear. Another confrontation was a trespass complaint that escalated into hunter harassment. Violations detected were hunting over bait and shooting a deer from the road right of way without a hunting license. Maintenance was performed on equipment for winter storage.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) reports a relatively slow week for deer hunters. An investigation continues of a felon in possession of a firearm as he was hunting intoxicated while trespassing and driving under the influence. Calls were received involving a road killed bear, bears chasing hunters, no blaze orange and hunter harassment finished off week one of the deer season.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) checked deer hunters throughout the week with success rates varying among groups. CO Vollbrecht received a complaint of a public waters violation. The Officer attended EVOC training at Camp Ripley. Several TIPS regarding the deer season were received and investigated.

CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports deer season wrapping up with cold and snow. Many hunters remarked at how few deer they saw during the week. CO Vinton investigated a possible felon hunting with a firearm, trespass and deer parts dumped on public property. A few trappers were checked during the week and were having success with muskrats, mink and raccoon. Vehicle trespass on area WMAs continues to be an issue and is under investigation.

CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) reports a slow week for deer hunters. Hunters conducting deer drives reported seeing more deer but most hunters felt deer numbers were still low. CO Seefeldt received a TIP call stating that an individual had shot three deer with a rifle in the shotgun zone. CO Seefeldt and CO Forsberg conducted interviews which resulted in seizure of a rifle and two deer. Enforcement action was taken for failure to site tag deer, possess rifle in shotgun zone, and borrow/lend license. CO Seefeldt assisted CO Forsberg with a case involving a deer that was run over after it was shot out of a vehicle window. Throughout the week additional enforcement action was taken for multiple violations of transporting loaded firearms, no blaze orange, SNA trespass, no ATV registration, and leaving portable stands on WMA. CO Seefeldt also followed up on observations of wetlands being drained. A large number of geese and ducks are currently migrating through the area.

CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) spent the week working the firearm deer season. Several complaints of baiting were investigated. TIP calls involving trespass and shooting from a roadway were received and citations issued. Time was spent working with USFWS to monitor violation prone areas on federal property. Administrative reports were completed.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) reports deer hunters complained of seeing fewer deer compared to the opening weekend of the firearms season. Hunting pressure also seemed to wane. Complaints of trespass, and deer overlimit were investigated and cases are pending.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week working deer hunters. Many hunters were complaining about the lack of deer. Complaints of deer shining, baiting, shooting from vehicle, borrowed license, wanton waste of deer were investigated. The Officer also responded to calls about nuisance beaver and an accidently trapped bobcat.

Bemidji #2 - vacant.

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