Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2017-11-20

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports working on follow-up investigations after the firearms deer season. Waterfowl hunters were checked with large concentrations of geese throughout the area. Most hunters report the geese are well educated and tough to finish in the decoys. Ice fishing has begun on some lakes but most are not safe yet.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) was called to rescue an injured loon that was on a county road. CO Plautz retrieved the loon and released it into some open water. The officer also responded to an injured swan, where the swan was rescued and transported to an animal hospital for rehabilitation. CO Plautz continues to receive complaints from deer season and is following up. Several car hit deer permits were issued and some ice fishermen were finding success on an area lake. Larger lakes are still wide open so please use caution. A snowmobile safety class talk was given on the laws and ethics of riding.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked waterfowl and small game hunters. Follow-up from the deer season was completed along with paperwork. Waterfowl numbers in the past week have declined with lakes starting to ice over.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) kept busy this week with follow-up work from the firearms deer season. Several people were found failing to register their deer, either forgetting or thinking they didn?t have to. Late season Muskie fishermen were monitored; a few having some good success. A TIP from a local firearms safety instructor led officers to an illegally harvested deer shot over bait during an illegal party hunt.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on firearms deer season follow-up and deer season complaints. The officer spoke at the Steven?s County snowmobile safety class in Morris. Calls/complaints from the public were received about deer carcasses dumped in road right of ways and questions were answered regarding waterfowl hunting, antlerless deer permits, legal access to public water, and trespass.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking pheasant hunters, trappers, and ATV operators. Additional time was spent checking ice fishermen, answering questions about upcoming muzzleloader season, and water access rules.

Elbow Lake vacant.

Osakis vacant.

Wheaton vacant.