District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2016-10-17

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports various new species of waterfowl has arrived and fishing remains strong. Warm and dry conditions limited the number of hunters having success on the pheasant opener. Officer Richards responded to a report of a dead moose found in a corn field and an airplane blocking the access of a local lake over the weekend. Several waterfowl hunters commented on seeing white front geese migrating through the area on Saturday. Slowly but surely the Canada goose numbers are improving as well.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) spent time working on WMA?s and illegal deer stands, illegal camping, and illegal vehicle operation on the state land units. Officer Plautz also patrolled for pheasant hunters and duck hunters. Fishing activity was monitored and assistance was given to local Sheriff?s office with two car crashes.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) checked fishermen, waterfowl hunters and pheasant hunters. Additional time was spent checking bow hunters and working AIS enforcement. Complaints of hunter harassment, injured pelicans, and persons driving motor vehicles on WPA?s were handled. Time was also spent completing online training.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked waterfowl, bow and pheasant hunters. There is still quite a bit of corn left which made pheasant hunting difficult. Only a few new ducks and geese have shown up in the area with most of them consisting of ring neck ducks.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) focused on waterfowl and pheasant hunting activity this week. Lots of hunters were out after both with moderate success seen. Transporting loaded firearms and using lead shot on WPA?s was handled with enforcement action. Officer Lawler also spoke at a FAS class in Alexandria.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued with field training a COC. Waterfowl hunters, pheasant hunters and fishermen were checked primarily this past week. Fishing remains strong on area lakes. The officer saw some pheasant hunting success as well, but there are few ducks in the Osakis area. Deer shining complaints were also worked.

CO Steve Chihak (Wheaton) spent the week working sport fishing, migratory waterfowl enforcement and the pheasant season opener. Pheasant hunter participation was above average on Saturday, but dropped off significantly on Sunday. Most groups checked had a fair number of birds in their game bags. Standing row crops most likely prevented more pheasants from being harvested. Waterfowl hunters have been having more success with the arrival of Buffleheads, Redheads and Canvasbacks to the area. Enforcement action was taken for various license violations.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on the opening weekend of pheasant season, hunting complaints and fall angling activity. Pheasant hunters were greeted by warm temperatures this weekend. Pheasant hunting success was better than expected. Questions from the public were handled regarding deer hunting questions, firearms safety certificates, legal age for youth to hunt and waterfowl hunting questions.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking waterfowl and pheasant hunters. Additional time was spent on beaver complaints, injured wildlife calls, and removing illegal tree stands from DNR lands.