Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2017-09-18

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports fall has definitely arrived. Angling continues to be good and improving in the area. A motorist called in a complaint of persons potentially poaching game birds. CO Richards, along with the Otter Tail Co Sheriff?s Officer, located the vehicle. Three suspects were responsible for shooting ducks and turkeys out of season. They also didn?t possess any legal licenses if season was open. Citations were issued with various charges. Goose numbers improved for the last weekend of the early season. Other enforcement action was taken for fish over limit and waterfowl violations.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) fielded several questions on trespass and upcoming hunting seasons. CO Plautz spent the week working on an out of state background investigation.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked hunters, fishermen, and answered questions on upcoming hunting seasons. Several injured animal complaints were handled including an injured sand hill crane that was scaring a farmer?s cows. APM cases were closed with the WREO.

CO Steve Chihak (Wheaton) spent the week working sport fishing and migratory game bird hunting. Time was also spent working the small game and archery deer hunting openers over the weekend. Minnow transportation permits were issued.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts were concentrated on checking fishermen, boaters, small game hunters, goose hunters, bow hunters, and monitoring AIS compliance. Additional time was spent on a deer baiting case, checking ATV operators, and investigating illegal fires. A talk was given on laws and ethics to a youth ATV safety class.

Osakis vacant.