WEEKLY DNR ENFORCEMENT REPORT: Ice fishing, Hunting season investigations etc.CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) investigated calls of a dead moose south of Newfolden, nine Canada Geese dumped in a ditch and a deer baiting case.
By: Minnesota DNR,
Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota for Dec. 10:
District 1 - Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked area trapping and black powder hunting activity. Charges are pending for a wolf taken without a license. A gross misdemeanor shining case is also being investigated.
CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) reported that high winds and warm weather opened up Lake of the Woods early last week. Several anglers had to be rescued from the floating ice. An ATV and several fish houses were left to drift on the ice pack. Ice conditions are very dangerous with some areas having as much as eight inches and some with only one inch of ice. CO Birchem spent time meeting with resort owners and also attended a meeting on the new “Keep it Clean” litter campaign. A trapping complaint was investigated and muzzleloader hunters were checked.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) investigated calls of a dead moose south of Newfolden, nine Canada Geese dumped in a ditch and a deer baiting case. A fire case was investigation, elk hunters were checked, and an incidentally caught fisher was seized. Area anglers and trapping activity were monitored. Enforcement action for the week included take deer over bait, transport loaded firearm, and no angling license in possession.
CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) checked ice anglers and monitored ice shelter activity on the Red Lake and Thief rivers. Snowmobile and ATV activity was worked with a few sleds out on area rivers. A complaint of ATV usage in a WMA was investigated. CO Warren monitored and worked trapping activity and muzzleloader hunting checks were performed.
CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) checked area anglers, trappers, and muzzleloader hunters. The cold weather has improved the ice conditions but caution should be used. The early winter walleye bit has been good. An accidental caught fisher was seized.
CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing activity throughout the week. Anglers on Upper Red Lake are reporting great success and a lot of positive feedback on the new slot limit for walleye. Anglers are still urged to use extreme caution on the ice as a couple of ATV’s went through on a crack over the busy weekend. CO Gorecki attended a Red Lake Technical Advisory Committee meeting in Bemidji where the current status of the fishery was discussed. Enforcement action taken during the week included illegal length walleye, fail to maintain walleye in measurable condition, failure to retain carcasses on special regulation lake, angle without a license, angle with extra lines, no ATV registration, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Blackduck #2 - vacant.
Karlstad - vacant.
Warroad #1 - vacant.
Warroad #2 - vacant.
District 2 - Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) time was spent checking deer hunters, anglers, and small game hunters. More ice anglers were seen out due to better ice conditions on area lakes. A snowmobile law presentation was given to the Fertile snowmobile safety class.
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) monitored angling, spearfishing, deer hunting, and trapping and WMA violations. He also attended a Sportsman Club meeting, inspected a shoreline, addressed a trespass issue, scheduled a snowmobile safety class and responded to multiple turkey/car kill concerns.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) monitored ice fishing and trapping activity. Gave an educational presentation to the Clearbrook-Gonvick School 6th grade classes’ reference trapping and fur.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) continued to conduct follow up investigations from the firearm deer season and fisher season. Area anglers were checked and are reporting mixed results, but angling should continue to improve as ice conditions improve. Accidental fisher was turned over to the CO. CO Vollbrecht met with the county attorney regarding deer season cases.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) and COC Regas spoke at a Youth Snowmobile Safety Class at the Perham Elementary School. They followed up on a trapping violation. Time was spent monitoring muzzleloading hunting, trapping and early ice fishing activity throughout the week. A few anglers reported some success but overall the fishing has been slow and with the recent warm weather area lakes lost a considerable amount of ice. A report was received of an accidentally trapped fisher after the close of the season the fisher was seized and will be given to the Minnesota Trappers Association for tanning and use in educational displays. As the temps get colder anglers are reminded to use caution on the ice as they venture onto area lakes, tell a friend or family were they will be and bring safety equipment with them as they go out on the ice.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) patrolled muzzleloader hunters this past week. Conditions were good during the week but cooler temperatures and high winds reduced hunters over the weekend. Ice conditions continue to improve on area lakes but anglers are advised to keep larger vehicles off the ice until conditions improve. The Officer investigated a report of a rifle used during the muzzleloader season. Seefeldt seized two fisher that were accidentally taken. A snowmobile law presentation was given to the Barnesville youth snowmobile safety class.
CO Joe Stattelman (Detroit Lakes) spent the week working on hunting complaints and TIPs. Time was spent working on the transition from the Detroit Lakes Field Station to the NW WREO Position.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) with COC Chihak conducted follow-up on a deer and wolf case. Anglers were checked, compliance was poor on shelter license/ID. The Officers spoke to a snowmobile class in Two Inlets about laws, safety and ethics. Assistance was given to CO Stattelman on an illegal deer case.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking fisherman and muzzleloader hunters. Ice conditions still variable. Some lakes have anywhere from open water to 6 inches of ice. Time was also spent with follow up on a waters violation complaint, litter complaint, illegal possession of geese, trespass and hunting without blaze orange during muzzleloader season. The officer spoke at the MN Deer Hunters Banquet in Barnesville about the past deer season.
Bemidji #2 - vacant.