District 4 - Wadena area

Last updated: 2014-10-29

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) worked on deer shining activity this week, as well as trespass and baiting issues. Small game hunters were out with limited reports of success. Wildlife Management Area issues were addressed, with illegal stands and trails cut into the WMA.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked ATV activity and hunting activity. Complaints of stolen deer stands came in along with questions on bait and trespass. A reminder that one can only shine a field looking to locate wildlife for the first two hours after sunset.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) worked hunting activity and ORV activity. Calls of dead/injured loons were received as well as a nuisance bear call. A TIP call was investigated.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked duck hunters and trappers. Time was also spent teaching a firearms safety class and investigating aquatic plant, bough cutting, and minnow taking complaints. Enforcement action was taken for no federal duck stamp, licenses and stamps not in possession, and ATV on the roadway.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on ATV activity, small game hunting and waterfowl hunting activity. Angling and waterfowl hunting success continued to be slow. CO Broughten assisted with a shining work crew. CO Broughten also investigated complaints of aquatic plant violation, deer poaching, and trespass. Enforcement action included: no small game license in possession, no blaze orange while small game hunting, and transport loaded firearm on ATV.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked a shining detail in Wadena County. Complaints on beaver causing damage to trees, trespass, cutting wood on public land and a calf killed by coyotes were investigated by CO Halverson. An information booth was set up at the Sportsmen Supper in Brainerd.

Water Recourse Enforcement Officer Shane Siltala attended the 2014 Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference in Duluth this past week. Many seminars were attended regarding current research that is being conducted to help curb the spread of invasive species. Officer Siltala assisted with a district work crew. Time was also spent checking waterfowl hunters and educating them on invasive species laws.

CO Colleen Adam (NW OHV Recreation Officer-Park Rapids) worked on miscellaneous ATV/public land related issues. An injured deer was dispatched and a waterfowl hunting complaint was investigated. CO Adam responded to a call of smoke in a cattail swamp area that turned out to be a seasonal homeowner burning leaves and burning off the vegetation along his lake shore. A quick education of the burning permit requirements and related laws was given to the bewildered individual. Fires are starting easily and spreading in the dead grass and dry leaf litter.

Remer - vacant.