District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2014-09-30

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports duck hunters had good shooting over the opener with many blue wing teal dominating the bag. AIS enforcement was also a priority discussing aquatic vegetation with hunters. Additional time was spent checking anglers and monitoring fishing pressure. Follow-up was completed on a public waters violation with a restoration order issued. Violations addressed were predominately related to waterfowl hunting.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) followed an ATV down a county road for couple miles then stopped the machine entering a driveway. Violations encountered were: operating without registration, no muffler, under 18 no helmet, no ATV safety certificate, and operate ATV on county roadway. Enforcement action was taken. Plautz worked a busy duck opener with many hunters having good success. A mixed species of ducks were observed and violations encountered were unplugged shotgun, and no HIP certification. Plautz reminded duck hunters regarding AIS regulations as they loaded boats from a duck pond.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused enforcement activity primarily checking duck hunters and checking duck boats and reminding duck hunters about the importance about AIS during duck season. Complaints were addressed regarding trespass, wanton waste and litter. A WCA violation was addressed and restorations orders were served this week as well.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked waterfowl hunters, boaters and ATV operators. Early shooting, trespass and felons in possession of firearms complaints were investigated. Hunters were successful on opener morning with a mixed bag. Hunters were surprised with the 80 degree temperatures during the 2014 duck opener.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) worked fishing and waterfowl enforcement this past week. Warm weather all week was nice for anglers but annoying for waterfowl hunters. A sport fishing case on Lake Miltona was completed involving a group of eight fishermen from out of the area who had 15 walleyes over their limit, both in their livewell and cold storage. The illegal fish were seized and enforcement action was taken.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued step 3 field training with a COC. The officers continued to work heavy fishing pressure on Lake Osakis with enforcement action taken again for crappie overlimits. Boating and AIS activity was monitored all week with one boat operator arrested for a gross misdemeanor BWI. The duck opener was worked over the weekend with numerous hunters out and about. Most groups had a few ducks in the bag and the harvest was average. Numerous violations were documented including license/stamp/HIP issues, unplugged guns, toxic shot, transport loaded firearms in motor vehicles, no PFDs in duck boats, use motor in WMA, and hunt/shoot during closed hours. The highlight of the weekend was reuniting a hunter with his expensive shotgun after he had mistakenly left it as he was loading up his vehicle at the end of a hunt. Several suspected aquatic vegetation violations are currently under investigation.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) and a COC focused enforcement efforts on fishing, waterfowl and AIS activity. Officers spent a considerable amount of time over the weekend checking waterfowl hunters in the area. Hunters reported decent success on opening day, followed by a slower day on Sunday. Officers spent time speaking with hunters using boats for waterfowl hunting and educating them on AIS laws. Officer fielded calls from the public regarding an injured goose, trespassing complaints, road killed mink, and a TIP call regarding a possible over limit of perch and angling with extra lines. The officers also issued commercial minnow permits. Enforcement action was taken for no license in possession, no federal stamp, no small game license, unplugged shotgun, and no life jackets. Hunters are reminded that they are still required to have life jackets in their duck hunting boat.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, ATV operators, waterfowl hunters, and monitoring AIS compliance. Waterfowl hunters had a good opener around the area despite warm temperatures and a good crop of mosquitos. Additional time was spent on a trespass issue, commercial enforcement, and checking bow hunters.

Wheaton - vacant.