District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2016-12-05

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports the lack of ice has ice fishermen anxious for colder temperatures. Goose hunting continues strong in the area along with some pheasant hunting. Muzzleloader hunters are seeing plenty of sign but are looking for a change in weather as well.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) checked ice conditions, deer hunters, trappers, and small game hunters throughout the week. Officer Plautz attended fur registration at an area station and found multiple trappers not obeying the trapping rules. Attempting to register last year?s fisher, no trapping license, fisher trapped out of season, and fail to validate site tag are some of the violations encountered. Numbers were considerably down from previous years of animals registered, possibly due to extremely low fur prices. Deer season complaints continue to be investigated and car killed deer permits were issued.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) checked muzzleloader deer hunters and pheasant hunters. ATV?s using the Central Lakes Trail and trespass complaints were handled. Trappers are still busy with the open water and snowmobile safety instructors were met with to set up classes. A call on an injured deer was dealt with also.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked muzzleloader and pheasant hunters. Yearly trailer inspections were performed and a fisher was seized. Enforcement action was taken for not wearing sufficient blaze orange during a firearms deer season. Pheasant hunters are reminded that they are required to have the following, ?The visible portion of a person?s cap and outer clothing above the waist must be blaze orange.? The 50% rule is in reference to blaze orange camo.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) continued to work on deer hunting cases from firearms season. Multiple interviews led to citations being issued for failing to register deer and harvesting a doe in a lottery zone without a doe permit. A call of thick black smoke led to enforcement action for illegally burning a large pile of household items removed from a foreclosed home. Officer Lawler also worked the end of muskie season from the boat. One angler was found using too many lines; a citation was issued.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to work muzzleloader and archery deer hunting activity and follow up on deer hunting related investigations. Additional time was spent checking small game and pheasant hunters and monitoring the remaining open water fishing activity. Trappers were checked and fur registration was monitored. Assistance was provided to DNR Waters on an ongoing public waters violation.

CO Steve Chihak (Wheaton) spent the week working muzzleloader deer hunting and trapping activity. Follow-up was done on illegally imported deer. Requests from the public seeking information were returned.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on pheasant hunters and muzzleloader deer hunters. The officer assisted with a work crew at the LQP Refuge. LQP opened for small game on December 1 and large numbers of pheasant hunters and muzzleloader hunters were taking advantage of the newly opened areas. Questions from the public were fielded regarding pheasant hunting, snowmobile safety questions, and nuisance beaver questions.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking small game and deer hunters. Additional time was spent investigating deer baiting and shooting from the road complaints.