CONSERVATION OFFICER WEEKLY REPORT – International Falls Journal: Outdoors

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CONSERVATION OFFICER WEEKLY REPORT CONSERVATION OFFICER WEEKLY REPORT

11-25-2013

District 5 – Eveleth area

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports the 2013 firearms deer season came to a close with people making the same bad decisions as they started the season. Enforcement action was taken for transporting loaded firearm, discharge firearm from road right of way, trespass, and failure to validate site tag. On the bright side there were no reported hunting accidents or injuries in the border country.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) completed work on storing watercraft, checked public access sites, drove forest roads, returned phone calls, and worked on the computer.

CO Dan Starr (Tower) worked deer season issues. An administrative issue was addressed, along with working the vacant Onamia station. Walleye fishermen were checked on Mille Lacs and Kathio State Park was patrolled.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) spent the week working deer hunting and the season’s almost daily complaint of shooting deer from the road. One hunter’s deer was seized and he racked up violations of no license in possession, shoot deer from the road, untagged deer, no lottery deer permit, unregistered deer, possess loaded firearm in a state park and transport illegally taken big game animal.

 Three hours later, in the same location, a hunter with no blaze orange and no deer license was trying to take a deer from the road. Another road hunting case was followed up on with additional violations discovered. Another case of shooting after hours, hunting over bait, untagged deer and transport illegally taken big game animal was encountered with charges to follow.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) prepared and turned in reports to court for citations issued for big game violations. Colder temps and windy conditions made the final week of deer season were much slower and much less productive than the previous two. The primary violation and complaint during the final weekend of the deer season was road hunters and shooting from the roadway. Most smaller lakes in the Virginia area have completely iced over.

Please use caution when traveling on ice.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) finished up the deer rifle season and noted it to be one the slowest he has observed. Hunter numbers were low along with few deer taken. Some were desperate and shot from the road, some took does without antlerless permits, and some had unfilled tags.

 Fredin also took care of a trespass complaint of individuals entering private land and taking spruce tops.

Ray – vacant.

I. Falls # 2 – vacant.

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District 1 – Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked deer hunters in Zone 1 and followed up on cases from the first week of deer season. Hunters were checked with CO Woinarowicz in the Skime and Beltrami Forest areas and with CO Gorecki in the Warroad area. Enforcement action is pending for an individual who killed a doe without a permit but instead put his son’s tag on the deer.

Enforcement action was also taken for individuals transporting loaded firearms.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) continued to monitor firearms deer hunting activity in the area seeing moderate success. Calls of wanton waste and litter were investigated where individuals failed to properly dispose of deer carcasses. He also checked a commercial minnow harvester that he came across while patrolling for trapping violations.

Enforcement action included fail to register deer, transport loaded firearm, unlawful party hunting, and multiple commercial minnow violations.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) followed up on investigations from earlier in the deer season. Deer hunters and hunting camps were checked. Anglers have started to venture out onto the ice and were monitored on area rivers. Anglers are reminded to use care when going out on ice as ice conditions vary.

CO Warren continued investigating a trespass/ land dispute.

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) monitored deer hunting, trapping activity and Upper Red Lake ice conditions throughout the week. Deer hunters reported a quiet week and a low success rate seeing very few deer. Reports of shining and shooting from the roadway were investigated, car kill deer possession permits were issued and a TIP report of a bear shot from the road was investigated.

A few reports have trickled in of a few diehard anglers venturing out on Upper Red Lake. Anglers should be cautioned of inconsistent ice conditions. Within the past two weeks Upper Red Lake froze over, broke up and refroze on Nov. 22.

Enforcement action was taken for hunting for license violations.

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored deer hunting activity throughout the week. Hunters continue to report limited success and colder temperatures on the second week of deer season. While patrolling for shining activity during the week, CO Gorecki observed suspected shining activity around 1:00 a.m. in the distance.

When CO Gorecki approached the area, he observed multiple vehicles and activated his emergency lights. One vehicle shut their lights off and fled across a plowed field. CO Gorecki pursued the vehicle after identifying the other individual at the scene. CO Gorecki eventually apprehended the lone suspect after he abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot.

The suspect was charged with felony flee, 2nd Degree DWI, and driving with cancelled driver’s license. The other individual at the scene was later charged with illegal shining for deer.

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