District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2015-04-21

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports panfish anglers were out in force towards the end of last week. Many limits of crappies were counted and noted. Burning complaints were responded to due to the ban in place. The first season turkey hunters reported mixed success with reported silence by the birds after leaving the roost. Violations addressed were related to burning, angling, boating safety, and boat registration issues.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) spoke to area Girl Scouts on boating safety. Plautz continued to work on a background investigation and checked fishermen catching suckers.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) attended training at Camp Ripley, worked fish run activity and assisted the sheriff?s department with traffic control at a fire. Additional time was spent working the border waters fishing opener in Wheaton and checking minnow dealers and turkey hunters. Nelson spoke to a FAS class in Ashby.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) attended training at Camp Ripley, performed the laws and ethics talk at the Brandon Firearms Safety Class and attended the range day. Osborne checked fishermen, ATVs, and turkey hunters. Several complaints were received throughout the week of people burning during the burning ban. Proper paper work was issued to the subjects.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) responded to multiple fires around Douglas County as dry conditions continue. One was started from ashes from a campfire being dumped after they were twice covered with water. Please be cautious when dealing with any fire right now. Shore angling activity is heating up with the recent nice weather. Several instances of fishing without licenses were encountered; one angler was found fishing with an extra line while not having an angling license. Assistance was also given to the Alexandria PD with a driving complaint resulting in a DWI arrest.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to work fire activity around the area, including assisting another CO on an arson investigation where a vehicle was seized as evidence. Additional time was spent checking fishermen and working fish run activity on area waterways. Several turkey hunters were checked and it was refreshing to see and hear about several youth hunters bagging their first gobblers! Other time was spent focusing on ATV, boating safety, AIS, and trapping activity, and work continues on Division background investigations and use of force training.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on burning restrictions, MN/SD border waters fishing opener, boating safety and AIS law compliance. Weather was good for the MN/SD border waters fishing opener. A few groups were checked with nearly a limit of walleyes on Saturday. Several boaters were checked for AIS compliance over the weekend. A few boaters had questions about boat plug removal and water transportation laws regarding bait. Several boaters needed reminding about having required boating safety equipment on board. Training was attended at Camp Ripley and several RMS questions were answered for D3 officers. Anderson spoke to the Hancock FAS class and issued minnow transportation permits. Complaints were handled regarding walleye out of season and overlimits of 20 inch walleyes. Calls were fielded from the public about FAS classes, a fish house on a private lake access, burning, turkey hunting, disability licenses, nuisance beaver and injured animals.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) attended training this past week at Camp Ripley. Baumbarger spent time checking fishermen, ATV operators, boaters, and monitoring AIS compliance on area lakes. Additional time was spent at the annual Glenwood youth Touch the Truck and Safety Day, training on airboat, answering calls on turkey hunting regulations, and upcoming fishing opener. Time was also spent organizing materials for upcoming FAS classes.

Wheaton - vacant.