CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports staying busy checking hunters and fishermen. An over limit of fish TIP resulted in some anglers being cited with significant fines and restitution. Opening weekend of waterfowl hunting provided mixed success in the area. Shallow prairie ponds provided many teal and mallard opportunities. Other species observed were wood ducks, gadwall, shoveler, hooded mergansers, and coots. Enforcement action for the week included violations related to fishing, waterfowl hunting, and recreational vehicle use.
Tricia Plautz (Henning) continues to work on a background investigation. CO Plautz worked waterfowl opener finding minimal activity with much rain and thunderstorms keeping most hunters at bay. Complaints are being investigated and nuisance sandhill crane problems were addressed.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused enforcement activity checking dove, waterfowl and bow hunters. Additional time was spent working AIS enforcement with fishermen and duck hunters and handling complaints on nuisance beaver and high water problems. Duck numbers appeared to be down on opening weekend.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked waterfowl, bow and small game hunters, along with fishermen and ATV?s. Several hunting and fishing complaints were handled throughout the week. Duck numbers were very low over opening weekend.
CO Steve Chihak (Wheaton) spent the week working sport fishing, deer and migratory waterfowl hunting. CO Chihak assisted a neighboring officer on a fish over-limit violation. Time was also spent giving an AIS presentation to a group of 5th graders at Breckenridge Middle School.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on the waterfowl opener, fall angling activity, and AIS law compliance. Duck hunters faired pretty well on opening day, but Sunday was slower for most. CO Anderson assisted with assessing a fuel spill in the Morris area. The officer worked with wildlife officials regarding a possibly wild bull elk causing problems at a local red deer farm. Calls were fielded from the pubic regarding AIS laws relating to waterfowl hunting equipment and youth hunting.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, ATV operators, archery hunters, and waterfowl hunters. Additional time was spent investigating complaints of motorized decoy use, and shooting after legal hours. CO Baumbarger observed a lot of waterfowl hunters out for the opener and hunters were having good success, with most hunters averaging 4-5 birds in the bag.