District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2014-11-18

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) received complaints of road hunters in various locations. Hunters checked had many tags going unfilled. Some large bucks were viewed by smart phones. Calls of injured animals going into refuges and private property were checked. Violations encountered for the week included transport loaded firearm, shoot from right of way, and take antlerless deer w/o permit. There is a large concentration of geese in the area despite the mid-winter like temperatures.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) continued to work the rifle deer season with scattered activity. Plautz responded to an injured raccoon call, several trespass issues were dealt with during the week and multiple phone calls and questions were answered. Hunting violations encountered this week were the following: transport loaded firearms, fail to validate deer tag, lend and borrow deer license, trespass, and fail to immediately tag deer. Ice is forming fast and many areas are showing signs of eager fishermen.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) checked waterfowl hunters, deer hunters and trappers primarily. Complaints were worked in the vacant Wheaton station with complaints of hunter harassment, trespass, and shooting deer from roadways handled. In addition, deer shining complaints were worked as well.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked deer hunters and duck hunters. Waterfowl hunting activity has really slowed with most of the lakes freezing up. Osborne observed some portable fish houses out on area lakes even though the ice is very thin. Common violations from deer season include hunting deer over bait, transport loaded firearms in motor vehicles and untagged deer.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) continued working deer season activity with several cases made. One hunter was cited for deer over-limit, after being interviewed by both CO?s Lawler and Johanson, the hunter admitted to shooting three bucks this fall, two of which were illegal. Another hunter admitted to hunting deer during opening weekend without a license. Transporting loaded firearms in motor vehicles and drug violations were also addressed. Two ice fishermen were observed on Lake Charlie already. People are encouraged to use caution with early ice conditions.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to work the firearms deer season checking hunters; following up on complaints, and completing investigations. Numerous violations were found for illegal party hunting and lending and borrowing deer tags. Overall, the harvest is down, but most hunters saw deer and had to pass on does and fawns. Additional time was spent working waterfowl and pheasant hunters as well as trapping activity.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on the firearms deer season and snowmobiling activity. CO?s Anderson and Baumbarger partnered up working the deer season in Stevens and Pope counties. Anderson also assisted CO Miska working the vacant Benson during deer season. Violations encountered include shooting from road right-of-ways and trespassing. Waterfowl hunting has come to a sudden end due to the early freeze up. Snowmobilers were checked already with some riding with expired registration. Ice fishermen are venturing out on area lakes with very thin ice conditions. Extreme caution is advised with the early ice. Questions were answered from the public regarding transportation requirements of harvested deer, FAS class questions and antlerless deer permits.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports deer harvest in the last half of the gun season was down from the early part of the season. The officer checked deer hunters, snowmobile operators, pheasant hunters, and trappers this past week. Additional time was spent checking the first ice anglers of the season, and participating in a work crew in the Elbow Lake area with CO?s Nelson and Anderson. Anglers are reminded that ice is never 100 percent safe and to use caution if venturing onto area lakes as ice thickness varies greatly. Complaints were received of trespass, deer over-limit, and shooting within 500 feet of houses.

Wheaton - vacant.