Monday, February 6th, 2023
Monday, February 6th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

District 1 – Baudette area

Conservation Officer Larry Milbridge (Warroad) and Conservation
Officer Candidate (COC) Marty Stage did a taxidermy inspection as
part of Stage’s field training. Minor record problems were

Officer Jim DeVault (Baudette) reports an unconfirmed rumor that
a local bait shop was looking for a certified scale to weigh a
possible state record burbot. The fish is said to have tipped
unofficial scales at the 20-pound mark. (See Page 6, ed.)

Officer Larry Francis (Northome) hosted visiting officers and
they worked area snowmobilers and anglers. Considerable sled
activity was observed, but overall compliance was good. Enforcement
actions taken for speed and registration violations. When not
working sleds, officers worked anglers on the Big Fork River and
Red Lake. Angling violations on the Big Fork River included extra
lines and no fish house license. Violations encountered on Red Lake
included no fishing license, fishing license not in possession,
unlicensed fish house, possession of marijuana, and possession of
drug paraphernalia.

District 2 – Bemidji area

CO Greg Spaulding (Bagley) completed an investigation for DNR
Forestry on timber theft.

CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) assisted the sheriff’s department
with the arrest of two people who were found stuck on a snowmobile
trail. They had warrants for their arrest. Backer also investigated
a complaint of a deer being run over by snowmobilers. The complaint
was unfounded and it appeared more likely the deer had been chased
by dogs and was in poor condition due to winter.

CO Stuart Bensen (Crookston) taught an ATV and snowmobile law
session at Northland College in Thief River Falls to the criminal
justice class. He also gave a talk to a sportsmen’s club in
McIntosh, and received calls of dogs chasing deer.

CO Curt Nelson (Fosston) assisted a local sportsmen’s club which
organized a food drive for the local food shelf.

District 3 – Grand Rapids area

CO George Jurgenson (Walker) coordinated enforcement activities
at the Eelpout Festival (Leech Lake). Approximately a dozen arrests
were made for operating ATVs/snowmobiles while under the influence
with two ATVs being held pending forfeiture proceedings. Numerous
other contacts were made for snowmobile violations, fishing and
fish shelter violations, litter, and juvenile consumption of

CO Tom Chapin (Deer River) assisted the sheriff’s department
with an intoxicated snowmobiler and investigated a wetlands

CO Dan Cogswell (Grand Rapids) made a safe snowmobiling
presentation at Itasca Community College. CO Cogswell patrolled
area lakes and trails and took enforcement action for no fishing
license, unmarked fish shelter, snowmobile speed, and failure to
purchase a nonresident trail sticker.

District 4 – Eveleth area

Officer Tom Fink (Orr) spent the week on snowmobile enforcement.
He worked with Officer Steen on the Arrowhead Trail where they
checked hundreds of sleds and found violations such as no out of
state trail stickers and no stud stickers.

Officer Mike Marincel (Hibbing) gave a firearm safety talk in
Chisholm and worked a snowmobile project in the Littlefork area.
Activity was low due to cold weather. He spent some time during the
week mapping fish houses on his area lakes for possible future
litter problems.

Officer Dan Starr (Tower) assisted with the Outdoor Women’s
workshop at the Laurentian Learning Center. He responded to a
snowmobile accident Saturday evening where the rider left the trail
on a corner due to excessive speed.

Officer Lloyd Steen (Ray/Kabetogama) investigated and verified a
bizarre incident of a resident returning home from vacation to find
numerous predator tracks in his yard and several of his cats
missing. Later in the day, while in his garage, a bobcat ran into
him while chasing one of his domestic cats. The bobcat was chased
off, but not before it was able to kill the house cat. He also
investigated a complaint of a deer that had fallen into an
uncovered, abandoned well and died. Proper authorities were
notified of the well.

District 5 – Cloquet area

Officer Darrell Hanson (East Duluth) worked mostly snowmobilers.
He reports there’s no shortage of them this year with the good snow
and trail snow conditions. Hanson helped with a work crew in the
Fish Lake/Island Lake area and the trail systems in that area. The
crew came upon a teen-aged girl who had been riding double and was
thrown off the machine. She was taken to the hospital. Just after
the ambulance left, the two teen-agers who were riding with her
came across the lake, riding double, and traveling at 65 mph.
Apparently they hadn’t learned much.

Officer Dale Ebel (West Duluth) reports two adult moose that
were hit by cars had to be put down.

District 6 – Two Harbors area

Officer Al Heidebrink at Ely reports some fish houses are
starting to come off and Officer Heidebrink has started marking
some of the fish houses that are left with a GPS and a video

CO Bob Kangas (Schroeder) set up a firearms safety class and
checked fishermen and snowmobiles during the week.

CO Connie Tikkala (Grand Marais) reports the week was spent
working on snowmobile and angling enforcement. Several related
violations were encountered and appropriate action taken.

District 7 – Perham area

The Park Rapids Officer reports checking anglers on area lakes
and checking snowmobiles on area trails. He also checked on reports
of dogs chasing deer west of Menahga, and worked on a complaint of
people taking fish in the slot limit on Big Sand Lake. Enforcement
action was taken for no trail permit and riding snowmobiles on
closed trails.

CO Dennis Lang (Perham) worked on a snowmobile DWI
investigation, testified in Cambridge at a DWI hearing, booked a
driver on a felony for fleeing police and took a car for
forfeiture, and assisted the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office on
a missing person search.

CO Roger Lueth (Lake George) reports checking snowmobiles on the
trail system this week. Citations were issued for speed, no stud
permit, operating without a license, stop sign violations, and
failing to obtain a nonresident trail permit.

CO Brian Gray (Osage) reports snowmobile enforcement was the
main component of this week’s effort.

District 8 – Fergus Falls area

Conservation Officer Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) reports that the
lakes in his area are becoming slushy and there may be problems if
cold weather freezes fish shelters into the slush. Fish shelters
must be completely removed with no remnants left behind.

Conservation Officer Mike Thesing (Osakis) and COC Thephong Le
manned a booth at “Conservation Days” at the Alexandria Viking
Plaza Mall on Saturday.

Conservation Officer Tom Campbell (Henning) reports enforcement
action was taken for allowing the operation of a youth without
supervision and failing to display current registration on a
snowmobile. Civil citations for trespass were issued in the area of
Inspiration Peak.

Conservation Officer Lowell Skunberg (Breckenridge) provided
fish house number and fishing pressure stats to the Area Fisheries
Personnel in Fergus Falls. CO Skunberg and North Dakota Wildlife
Enforcement Officers are working on license fraud cases.

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