District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2016-08-23

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports anglers continue to hit the local lakes but the numbers have started to slow down. Time was spent checking boaters and anglers along with follow-up visits for non-compliant weed rollers. Enforcement action was taken for angling, AIS, and weed roller violations. Early season hunters should make sure they have all the necessary licenses for the upcoming hunts. They should also verify their plugs are in their shotguns prior to hunting the migratory game birds.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) worked the TIP trailer at the Douglas County fair this week fielding numerous questions. Plautz worked fish over limit complaints, wetland complaints, and a burning complaint. An injured hawk call was investigated and ATV traffic was monitored in problem areas.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) checked fishermen and boaters. He also worked AIS enforcement. CO Nelson received complaints regarding commercial minnow harvest, individuals shooting birds, unlawful operation of ATVs and set lines. He also answered several questions regarding the upcoming hunting seasons and FAS classes.

CO Shane Osbourne (Evansville) checked fishermen, boaters, ATVs and OHMs. Online training was completed along with working with local DNR staff on APM and WCA investigations.
Injured animal calls were handled.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) monitored activity on the water throughout the work station. Lots of anglers were out as well as recreational boaters and paddle boarders. Several illegal cases were made including one angler fishing while revoked from a boat with expired registration. He had an unpaid fine from a 2014 fishing violation but decided to fish anyway. Angling without licenses continues to show up even as the summer fishing season winds down. CO Lawler also worked the Douglas Co Fair TIP trailer and DNR Building booths answering many questions from fair goers.

CO Steven Chihak (Wheaton) spent the week working sport fishing, boat and water safety, and AIS enforcement. Minnow transportation permits were issued. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license and angling with extra lines. Calls from the public seeking information on upcoming hunting seasons were returned.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused law enforcement efforts on boaters, angler activity and ATV law compliance. CO Anderson checked and patrolled ATV riding complaint areas. CO Anderson and CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) assisted with an ATV law enforcement work crew in Pope County. He attended and spoke to persons attending the Stevens County Area Youth Sportsman?s Day in Morris this past weekend. CO Anderson answered many questions concerning youth hunting opportunities, youth licensing, firearms safety requirements, deer season?s and waterfowl seasons. CO Anderson handled calls from the public about trapping, deer & bear hunting questions and waterfowl hunting questions.

CO Dan Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, boaters, ATV operators, and monitoring AIS law compliance. Additional time was spent on a waters complaint and injured animal calls. CO Baumbarger issued permits for beaver removal and investigated ORV complaints as well.

Wheaton - vacant.