District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2014-10-29

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) took complaints of big game violations and assisted with a work crew over the weekend. Duck hunters were also checked with redheads dominating the bag. Canada goose numbers remain low, although slowly increasing in numbers around the area. Angling remains good for walleye on several local lakes.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) checked fishermen, waterfowl and small game hunters. Complaints were handled regarding trespass on WPAs. Additional time was spent checking a minnow dealer and answering questions about deer season and youth licenses.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked waterfowl hunters, boaters and fishermen. A late shooting complaint was investigated which resulted in six hunters shooting 10 to 45 minutes past shooting hours. A wolf depredation complaint continues to be investigated.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) investigated a report of a swan possibly shot on the Pocket Lake WPA. Anyone with information can anonymously call the TIP hotline at 1-800-652-9093. Pheasant hunters were also checked with little success while one hunter was using lead shot on a WPA. Trespass, nuisance animals, and out of season trapping calls were handled. A work crew with D3 officers was worked in Douglas County as well.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to work fall hunting activity involving waterfowl, pheasant, small game, and archery deer. Time was spent patrolling for trapping, ATV, fire activity and a couple of possible wetland impacts were investigated. Several hunting and fishing related complaints were investigated and followed up on throughout the week. Fall fishing is going strong in the area, especially on Lake Osakis, where more crappie overlimit violations were handled.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts checking pheasant hunters, waterfowl hunters and fishermen. Anderson reports waterfowl hunting was spotty. A report was received about a possible wetland filling violation in Stevens County. After checking the complaint area and determining it was not a WCA violation, it was passed along to NRCS. Anderson participated in working two deer shining work crews. A trespass call was handled in the vacant Wheaton station as well. Additional time was spent issuing minnow transportation permits and handling calls on waterfowl hunting, firearms safety requirements and deer season questions.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, waterfowl hunters, pheasant hunters, and bow hunters. Additional time was spent on a work crew in the Elbow Lake area and a work crew in the Alexandria area. Baumbarger investigated complaints of fish over limit, and hunter harassment. Calls were fielded on nuisance beaver issues as well.

Wheaton - vacant.