District 4 - Wadena area

Last updated: 2014-09-30

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) checked archery deer hunters, ATV operators and small game hunters. Parthun assisted with a medical, handled a few property dispute/trespassing issues and took park in a Cub Scout overnight camping event. Parthun worked a very warm waterfowl opener, seeing a few ducks harvested and helping one hunter remove his stuck jeep from the mud. Enforcement action was taken for ATV violations.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked hunters, fishermen and ATVs. Officer Hunter received multiple trespass calls and complaints of hunters not getting along. CO Hunter received information of over limits of waterfowl and fish.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) reports checking several duck hunters over the opening weekend of waterfowl, with compliance being very good. A wolf was seized from a depredation control zone, and a nuisance bear was seized as well. A vehicle hit bear was also dispatched.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on sport fishing, boating, AIS, big and small game and waterfowl hunting and ORV activity with nothing unusual to report. He handled a complaint of removal of aquatic plants without a permit; handled a PWC complaint in the Park Rapids station; had a complaint of a fire along the Heartland State Trail.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) reported duck hunters did well while grouse hunters are still looking for better success. CO Mathy responded to tips of out of season duck hunting, state trail damage, and fishing in a closed area. Enforcement action was taken for fishing in a closed area, unplugged gun while duck hunting, AIS violations, and license and stamp violations.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling, ATV, small game hunting and waterfowl hunting activity. Opening waterfowl hunting yielded moderate success despite warm temperatures. Many waterfowl hunters expressed their concerns with hunters shooting before legal shooting hours. CO Broughten investigated calls of advertising at a public water access, camping on a Wildlife Management Area, and deer poaching. CO Broughten also investigated a complaint of hunter harassment where a property owner was reminded his property did not include the lake. Enforcement action included no small game license in possession, no small game license, no federal duck stamp, no state waterfowl stamp in possession, no HIP certification, and operating an ATV on a public highway.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked duck season opener where success was slow with the hot weather. Contacts were made for no small game license and wanton waste. Complaints were handled on beaver, bear, and baiting.

CO Colleen Adam (ATV REC) worked waterfowl hunter and invasive species checks. Assisted on a medical incident involving a bicyclist with head trauma. Continued OHV patrol in several state forests. Finding many people out enjoying the autumn colors before the leaves fall off the trees. Most waterfowl hunters were having good success and taking advantage of the warm weather. Handled calls for injured animals, hunter trespass, general hunting questions and ATV use and special use requests.

WREO Shane Siltala reports checking waterfowl hunters during opening weekend. Hunting success was fair, with mainly teal, wood ducks, and ringnecks found in the bag. Hunters and boaters were also checked for AIS law compliance. Follow up was also conducted on an ongoing aquatic plant violation case. Enforcement action for the week included no throwable lifesaving device and transport aquatic vegetation.

Remer - vacant.