District 4 - Wadena area

Last updated: 2014-10-21

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) checked duck hunters, small game hunters and ATV operators. Parthun assisted with an orientation for youth hunters at Itasca State Park. An aquatic plant violation was investigated with charges pended. Parthun assisted county officials with a shoreland violation that is still under investigation. Enforcement action was taken for loaded firearms in a motor vehicle, removing aquatic plants without a permit, no license in possession and having an unattended fire.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked waterfowl and deer hunters. Officer Hunter assisted the county sheriff?s department on a possible trespass violation. CO Hunter reminded many ATV operators that headlights need to be on when operating them.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) reports duck hunters are still in the area with limited success on birds. A firearms safety class was taught with many youth in the class preparing for the upcoming hunting seasons. Wildlife Management Area violations were discovered and are under investigation at this time. A wolf depredation was investigated where a large cow was killed. Enforcement action was taken for an unplugged shotgun for waterfowl, and for transporting a loaded firearm.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on sport fishing, boating, AIS, big and small game and waterfowl hunting and ORV activity. Nothing unusual to report. Picked up a car killed bobcat, issued car killed deer permit, and assisted Cass County with a lost hunter.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked duck hunters, anglers, and for AIS compliance. Grouse hunters were out in large numbers with most having one or two birds in the bag. CO Mathy also issued two car kill deer possession tags and investigated a TIP of wanton waste fish dumping of around 100 northern pike. Enforcement action was taken for several different ATV violations.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling, ATV, invasive species, small game hunting and waterfowl hunting activity. Angling and waterfowl hunting success slowed. Windy weather limited recreational activity on area lakes. CO Broughten investigated complaints of deer baiting, shooting from motor vehicle, and trespass. CO Broughten assisted Cass County Sheriff?s Office with a controlled substance DUI arrest. CO Broughten also assisted Cass County Sheriff?s Office with calls of suspicious person, burglary in progress, lost child, suicidal person, stranded boater and a lost hunter. Enforcement action included no small game license in possession and trespass.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked fishermen, grouse, duck, and deer hunters and handled beaver complaints. Contacts were made for hunting ducks without a small license. Halverson handled ATV trespass complaint.

WREO Shane Siltala met with county SWCD staff to review possible WCA violations. He also assisted with a site investigation with SWCD staff and met with the landowner to discuss the potential violation. Waterfowl hunters were checked over the weekend on area lakes and faucet snail infested waters. AIS laws were also discussed with the hunters. A WCA restoration order was able to be closed out due to satisfactory restoration. Assistance was also given to a local officer on an APM violation.

Remer - vacant.