WEEKLY DNR ENFORCEMENT REPORT: Muzzleloader deer, Carcass dumping complaints etc.CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) investigated a complaint of dumping deer carcasses. The public is reminded to dispose of unused portions of deer or other animals' remains in proper locations.
By: Minnesota DNR,
Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota for Nov. 26:
District 1 - Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) followed up on cases from the firearms deer season, and checked hunters during the opening weekend of muzzleloader deer season.
CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) continued to follow up on cases from the firearms season. Area trappers were checked, and CO Birchem also assisted young trappers from the Baudette school. Muzzleloader hunters were checked on the opening weekend. Ice conditions are very poor in the bays and extreme caution should be used.
CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) monitored small game hunting, WMA activity, and ATV usage on areas trails. A complaint of dumping deer carcasses was investigated. The public is reminded to dispose of unused portions of deer or other animals' remains in proper locations. CO Warren worked opening of muzzleloader hunting activity with hunters having a fresh dusting of snow to work with. A call of a hunter taking a large buck with its antlers tangled with another deceased buck was investigated. Questions were answered in regards to the gray wolf season and deer hunting regulations.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) checked muzzleloader hunters and several trappers. Ice on area lakes will require much additional cold weather before safe for foot travel.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored early ice fishing, muzzleloading, and trapping activity throughout the week. A few early ice anglers were checked on Upper Red Lake, but ice conditions are inconsistent and vary greatly. Caution should be used. CO Gorecki assisted CO Birchem in a trapping field exercise, and muzzleloader hunters were checked during the week.
Blackduck #2 - vacant.
Karlstad - vacant.
Warroad #1 - vacant.
Warroad #2 - vacant.
District 2 - Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports assisting neighboring officers with a deer hunting-related violation from the 2012 firearms deer season. Time was also spent checking goose hunters, trappers and muzzleloader deer hunters. A district meeting was attended at Itasca State Park. Violations included take deer over-limit and transporting loaded firearms.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) investigated complaints of road hunters and attended a district meeting. Monitored late season waterfowl hunters and angling activities. Spent time with equipment maintenance in preparation for winter enforcement activities.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) spent time completing reports and follow up investigations from the firearms deer season. The officer attended a District meeting at Itasca State Park.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) conducted follow up investigations from the firearm deer season. A district meeting and training was attended at Itasca State Park. CO Vollbrecht worked with the area Local Government Unit (LGU) on wetland violations.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) attended a District 2 meeting at Itasca State Park. District issues were discussed. CO Vinton began the first step in the field training process with COC Demo Regas. Cold temperatures brought ice to some area lakes. Though one angler was observed on the ice, conditions vary widely from open water to about four inches. Anglers should review the ice safety guidelines suggested at the mndnr.gov website.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) reports a slow weekend for hunters during the muzzleloader opener. Recent snowfall has created good conditions for deer hunters as far as visibility and tracking. CO Seefeldt and CO Forsberg investigated two cases of deer taken by firearm out of season in Clay and Otter Tail counties. Enforcement action was taken for taking deer out of season, untagged deer and failure to register deer as a result of these investigations. Deer and firearms were seized in both cases. CO Seefeldt attended a District 2 meeting at Itasca State Park. Snowmobile safety instructors are currently scheduling classes.
CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) spent the week closing out deer season cases. Time was spent at a district meeting and completing office work. Several calls regarding the late wolf season were fielded.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) assisted CO Adam with a complaint of an illegal possession of a bear. Time was also spent attending a district meeting, and checking muzzleloader deer hunters. Hunter numbers appeared to be low. Enforcement action was taken for an illegal firearm. Assistance was provided to a neighboring officer with a trespass complaint and follow-up on deer over limit.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week with follow up on deer cases including several incidents of taking deer during closed season with the Moorhead Officer. Time was also spent working muzzleloader deer hunters, trappers and tullibee netters. Ice is starting to cover smaller lakes and ponds but not enough to walk on. The officer attended a district meeting and tagged otter for an area trapper.
Bemidji #2 - vacant.
NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) provided helicopter moose survey mission training to our own pilots and flew a wolf telemetry flight.