District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2016-09-19


CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports fall fishing tactics are producing nice fish. Time was spent working the archery opener and various other outdoor activity.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) worked fishing and boating enforcement throughout the week. Officer Plautz issued two car killed deer permits and responded to an injured bald eagle call. Several calls on goose hunting regulation questions were handled and possible bait violations were looked into.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) checked fishermen, boaters, goose and dove hunters. Additional time was spent at local public access sites conducting AIS enforcement checks. Nuisance beaver permits were issued as well as attending a FAS class in Elbow Lake. Some ATV enforcement was worked as well as numerous questions from the public answered regarding upcoming hunting seasons.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, ATV?s, goose and bow hunters. Questions were answered in regards to landowner permits, duck season structures (blinds) and Lake Christina. Officer Osborne readied station equipment for fall hunting seasons.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) spent time on the water this week working fall anglers, both walleye and muskie. Several cases were made that included angle without licenses and angle with extra lines. From the road with binoculars, CO Lawler observed one angler using two poles to fish for sunfish from a pontoon. When the boater noticed Officer Lawler and came to shore, he cut his bobber line with a clippers. He denied it but eventually admitted his mistake when they both looked out and saw the bobber still floating where he was anchored; enforcement action was taken.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports working a busy weekend of hunting enforcement activity with the archery deer and small game openers as well as the continuing early goose and dove seasons. Fishing, boating, and AIS activity remains steady and additional time was spent working ATV activity and completing an aquatic vegetation violation/investigation. Work continued on open hunting/fishing investigations and numerous questions have been fielded/answered in reference to the fall hunting seasons.

CO Steve Chihak (Wheaton) spent the week working sport fishing, early goose hunting, archery deer hunting, and AIS enforcement. A presentation was given to area students at the Wilkin County Soil & Water Conservation District?s 25th Annual Conservation Day. Officer Chihak issued special beaver permits, and minnow transportation permits. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) spent the week checking fishermen, boaters, working AIS enforcement and goose hunters. Several folks were observed archery hunting with the nice fall weather. Numerous questions from the public have been answered regarding the upcoming duck and firearm deer seasons.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) continued field training with COC. Enforcement efforts for the week included checking goose hunters, dove hunters, fishermen, and boaters. Officer Baumbarger performed maintenance on station equipment, handled nuisance animal calls, and issued permits for road kill deer.