District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2015-11-24

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports cold temperatures froze smaller lakes and ponds. Geese were observed migrating through the area. Richards checked trapping activity and waterfowl hunters. Good goose hunting should be expected in the next week or so.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) worked on follow up complaints from the deer season. Complaints followed up involved trespass, no blaze orange, shoot from the road, and litter. Dumping of deer carcass in ditches or rivers is illegal and need to be disposed of correctly. Some local landowners are having problems with beaver backing up swamps and trapping season is well under way.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) checked waterfowl hunters, pheasant hunters and trappers. Equipment maintenance was completed on station equipment and complaints were dealt with regarding an injured loon, duck hunters not retrieving their ducks, wanton waste, injured deer and litter. Another common complaint is deer hunters improperly disposing of their deer carcasses.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) worked on follow-up investigations from the deer season. Several complaints were received over the week ranging from injured deer, waterfowl hunting violations and trespass complaints.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) worked waterfowl, bow hunting and pheasant hunting activity this week. Cold temps moved into the area keeping activity levels low. A TIP complaint was investigated involving lending/borrowing of deer tags as well as possibly an over limit.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued working on investigations and complaints from the firearms deer season including a felon in possession of a firearm, illegal party hunting, fail to register deer, using bonus tags in a hunter?s choice area, and illegal dumping of deer carcasses. Complaints were received and investigated on area wildlife management areas and included suspicious/lewd behavior, agricultural encroachment, and deer stands left overnight. Waterfowl and pheasant hunters were checked throughout the week and the trapping and fishing activity was monitored as well. CO Johanson responded to a complaint involving a whitefish net obstructing the ingress/egress to a public access. While investigating the complaint contact was made with the complainant, who was out fishing on the lake, and found to be in possession of an illegal length northern pike. Enforcement action was taken, and the angler claimed he wasn?t aware of the special regulation, despite parking a few feet from the bright yellow sign explaining it at the access.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on pheasant hunters, trappers and late season waterfowl hunting activity. Anderson received and is investigating a complaint of baiting deer and game equipment left on a WPA. Unlawfully dumped deer carcasses were found. Anderson assisted at and spoke at the Morris area snowmobile safety class. Questions were fielded from the public regarding waterfowl hunting, firearms safety certificates, trespass and the upcoming muzzleloader deer season.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking waterfowl hunters, pheasant hunters, trappers, and ATV operators. Additional time was spent on follow up from the firearms deer season and investigating deer baiting complaints. Some smaller lakes in the area are starting to freeze up, but extreme caution is urged to anyone thinking about venturing onto the ice.

Wheaton - vacant.