District 3 - Fergus Falls area
Last updated: 2013-12-03
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) continues to be impressed with goose numbers in the area. Even non-hunters have commented on the high numbers in and around Fergus Falls. Trappers were checked during the week and incidental caught fishers were seized. One fisher was ear tagged in February 2012 at Camp Ripley and found itself in a body grip trap in Otter Tail County. Questions related to muzzleloader deer hunting were answered.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) monitored ice conditions as they become better with portable fish houses found on area lakes. A trapping violation of possessing fisher out of season was investigated. Duck hunters hunting in the closed northern zone were surprised to find they were hunting in the closed season. Plautz is currently monitoring a complaint area of shots fired at night.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) worked on after deer season TIP complaints. Snowmobile safety supplies were delivered to the Herman class and a waters violation was handled. Muzzleloader deer hunters and fishermen were checked throughout the week.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) finished cases from the deer season. Trapping complaints were investigated and fur was seized. Ice fishing is starting with ATVs seen on area lakes with 8 inches of ice on some lakes.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports most station lakes ice conditions are improving rapidly. ATV?s are very heavy and require much more ice than a person, so please be careful when heading out. Enforcement action was taken for angling with unattended lines as a fisherman headed to shore to take a nap and eat a meal without reeling up his jig poles. In addition, illegal tree stands left over from firearms deer season were seized on WMA units.
CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to close out firearms deer season investigations and spent time checking muzzleloader and archery deer hunters. Additional time was spent checking pheasant and small game hunters and monitoring trapping activity. Ice fishing and spearing activity is already in full swing with some ATV travel and wheel houses appearing on area lakes.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on ice anglers, pheasant hunters, waterfowl hunters and deer hunters. Most deer hunters were having a tough time finding deer so far. Deer season complaints were followed up on. Calls were fielded regarding muzzleloader deer hunting questions, deer baiting complaints and fishing questions.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports area lakes are seeing more and more fishing pressure as the ice slowly increases in thickness, however; open water can still be found and fishermen are urged to use caution. Enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, pheasant hunters, and deer hunters. Complaints of deer baiting were investigated. Enforcement action was taken for no blaze orange during the muzzleloader deer season.
Wheaton - vacant.