Enforcement information


Regulations, rules, training

District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2017-03-27

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports ice angling can no longer be safe on several lakes in the area. Turkey hunters are starting to get excited with some turkey activity observed. Spring migration observations of waterfowl have begun with many species seen.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) followed up on dogs running loose complaints, monitored ATV activity, and continued to work on an upcoming instructor appreciation banquet. Trespass complaints are being investigated and fishing activity was monitored.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) continued to check fishermen and spring fish run. Deer complaints were worked and a firearm safety class presentation was given.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, ATV?s and trappers. Several complaints were handled including a complaint of a dead bald eagle along Interstate 94 outside of Evansville. The eagle turned out to be 13 snow and blue geese that were harvested during the spring light goose season. The geese were cleaned and in bags and appeared to have fallen off or blown out of a hunters truck.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) assisted Douglas County Sheriff?s Department with several instances of ATV?s and individuals falling through thin ice. Several machines were recovered from underwater and removed by a local recovery company. Remarkably, nobody was injured in any of the accidents. Lots of open water is now observed throughout the area with ice melting considerably. Enforcement action was taken for illegal operation of an ATV by a juvenile.

CO Steve Chihak (Wheaton) spent the week working light goose hunting, sport fishing, and ATV enforcement. Large numbers of geese were observed moving through the area. Hunting pressure was light. Officer Chihak gave a law and ethics presentation to a firearm safety class in Wheaton.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) continued to focus enforcement activity on light goose hunters, ATV operators, and fishermen. Goose hunters have had limited success. Spring fish run complaints were worked and a FAS instructor clinic was held with eleven new instructors certified. Calls from the public were handled regarding light goose hunting requirements, legal ATV operation, and fishing license requirements.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week were focused on checking spring snow goose hunters, fishermen, and monitoring spring beaver trapping.