District 4 - Wadena area

Last updated: 2014-11-25

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) worked another busy week of firearms deer season. Hunters enjoyed much warmer weather for the last weekend. Some evidence was processed and special details were worked. Ice anglers were checked. Enforcement action was taken for hunting on a closed game refuge, transporting loaded firearms and setting untagged traps.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked hunters and trappers. Officer Hunter received a call of a deer that had been found on their property that they believed had been shot. The rightful archery hunter claimed the deer.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) finished up some deer season work in the area. Assistance was provided to other officers on a search warrant. An accidentally taken fisher was seized and donated to a trapping organization. Ice anglers were checked, as some shacks started appearing on the ice. A reminder to ice anglers that all shelters on the ice are required to have the owners identification properly displayed.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on big game hunting activity. Nothing unusual to report. He handled a trespass complaint.

CO Beau Shroyer (Remer) focused enforcement efforts on the end of the firearms deer season. The cold weather and relatively low number of harvested deer led to fewer hunters in the woods than previously. Only a handful of harvested deer were checked. Hunters reported seeing a fair number of does and fawns, but few bucks. CO Shroyer switched gears later in the week to check early ice fishermen and trapping activities. Sportsmen are cautioned to be wary of deteriorating ice conditions with the warm weather this past weekend. Not all bodies of water in the station have safe ice yet. Enforcement action was taken for transporting a loaded firearm, failure to validate a site tag, and operating an ATV without a visible tail-light.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on deer hunting activity. Deer hunting success was limited last week. Deer hunters expressed that they are seeing a fair amount of does, but limited bucks. Smaller lakes in the Longville area are starting to freeze over, however there is still open water. Anglers are advised to check ice conditions before venturing out on the lake. CO Broughten fielded calls of trespass, shooting from roadway, and taking a doe without a permit. CO Broughten also assisted Cass County Sheriff?s Office with an attempt to locate a burglary suspect. Enforcement action included: transported loaded firearm in motor vehicle, failure to transfer ownership of ATV, operate ATV on roadway, no ATV safety, and no doe permit.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked the deer season in zone 1, one contact for loaded gun. Ice fishermen showing up on small lakes and back waters of rivers. Accidental fisher turned in and gifted to Minnesota Trappers Association. Investigation started on a parked truck being shot with a shotgun.

WREO Shane Siltala met with local SWCD staff to review current WCA concerns. A CDO will be issued for illegal wetland filling. Deer hunters were also checked during the last weekend of the firearm season. Hunters reported seeing more wolves than deer. Few deer were seen harvested. Area trapping activity was monitored as well as early ice fishing activity.