District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2014-09-16

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) monitored and checked anglers throughout the week. Richards spoke to group participating in a DU mentored youth waterfowl group on the eve of the youth hunt. Goose hunters were checked with mixed success observed. Bow hunters were also checked over the opener. Enforcement action was taken for angling, AIS, and waterfowl violations.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) spent time checking archery and youth duck hunters over the weekend. Car killed deer and nuisance beaver permits were issued. Additional time was spent enforcing ATV regulations.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) worked the bow hunting opener as well as early goose hunting activity. Fishing activity slowed considerably with the colder temp, but muskie pressure is still high. An AIS meeting was also attended, highlighting minnow trapping regulations.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) began step 3 field training with a COC. The officers spent time working hunting related activity including archery deer, small game, and early goose. Several groups of youngsters were seen bagging a few ducks on the youth duck day. Lake Osakis continues to receive heavy fishing pressure, and time was spent investigating overlimit complaints involving sunfish and crappie. Several litter violations were worked on with enforcement action taken, and additional time was spent monitoring boating and AIS activity. Public hunting areas were patrolled for hunting related activity and violations.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on youth waterfowl day, early goose season and fishing enforcement. Anderson is working with a COC on step 3 of field training. Anderson saw a number of youth out for youth waterfowl day. The kids appeared to be having a great time despite the cooler than average temperatures that greeted them in the morning. Minnow transportation permits were issued. Calls were fielded from the public regarding a nuisance beaver complaint and questions regarding youth waterfowl day regulations.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking goose hunters, bow hunters, fishermen, and ATV operators. Additional time was spent on a possible wetland violation, and fielding calls about upcoming hunting seasons.

Wheaton - vacant.