District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2016-09-26

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports seeing several limits of ducks on the opening day. Mallards and blue-wing teal dominated as the most prevalent species but other early migrants were observed. Hunters commented they were not seeing as many wood ducks or geese. Time was also spent checking anglers and speaking about AIS. Enforcement action was taken for violations related to waterfowl hunting and fishing.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) found minimal hunters and birds around for the opening day of waterfowl season. Officer Plautz checked bow hunters and fishermen throughout the week and assisted with a fish over limit complaint. Officer Plautz also monitored ATV traffic and AIS enforcement. Waterfowl production areas and wildlife management areas were patrolled for illegal activity.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked waterfowl and bow hunters. A fishing over limit complaint was worked in Otter Tail County with area conservation officers. Several questions were answered throughout the week involving Lake Christina, bow hunting, trespass, and duck hunting regulations.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) focused on waterfowl hunting activity this week. Working in both Douglas and Traverse Counties, lots of groups were checked and many hunters leaving with their limits. High winds didn?t help conditions but reminded people of the importance of not overloading your duck boat and always checking for adequate lifejackets before heading out. Compliance was very good this week with only a few citations issued. An ATV safety class was held and completed by over 50 youth.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reports starting Step 3 field training with a COC. The officers report a slower than average waterfowl opener with both duck/goose and hunter numbers down from previous years. Time was spent checking archery deer and small game hunters and working fishing, boating, and AIS activity on area waterways. Fire and litter violations were handled and area law enforcement agencies were assisted with calls for service.

CO Steve Chihak (Wheaton) reports working a very busy waterfowl opener. Hunter participation was high. Many limits of ducks were observed with blue-winged teal, mallards, and wood ducks making up the majority of game bags. Enforcement action was taken for unplugged shotguns, no state or federal waterfowl stamps, no HIP certification, and camping on a waterfowl production area. Time was also spent teaching Breckenridge Middle School 5th graders about aquatic invasive species. Wildlife possession permits were also issued.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts checking fishermen, monitoring AIS compliance and the waterfowl opener. Few ducks were observed in hunters? bags over the weekend. Officers Anderson and Baumbarger worked together checking both waterfowl hunters and conducting AIS enforcement. An interview was completed with a local radio station regarding waterfowl opener. Additional time was spent checking public hunting areas for illegal camping and other hunting violations. Questions from the public were handled this week including AIS transportation, waterfowl hunting, FAS classes, and rules hunting on WMA?s and WPA?s.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, boaters, ATV operators, and waterfowl hunters. Officers Baumbarger and Anderson worked the Morris station over the weekend. Other activity included handling injured/nuisance animal calls, and complaints of herbicide being applied to aquatic vegetation. Assistance was given to a North Dakota officer on a pending case.