District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2014-11-25

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reported follow-up activities related to the firearms deer season. Richards checked waterfowl hunters and answered questions related to trapping. Information was taken on incidental caught fisher and planning with Fergus Falls Community Education for snowmobile safety classes. Ice anglers are venturing out but caution is still advised.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) finished up investigating cases from the firearm deer season. Plautz spoke to a Natural Resource class in New York Mills School and taught laws and ethics portion of a snowmobile safety class. Plautz monitored ice conditions and checked ice fishermen through the weekend. Waterfowl hunters were checked with minimal success.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) finished up on calls from deer season and focused enforcement activity checking fishermen. Nelson warns anglers to be careful as ice conditions are not good after the recent rainfall.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked waterfowl hunters and ice fishermen. Ice thickness varies throughout the area and anglers should take safety precautions if they venture on the ice. Goose numbers are down from previous weeks. The majority of the snow in the area has decreased with the warm weather over the weekend.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) continued working on deer hunting investigations throughout the week. Lots of questions were answered regarding waterfowl hunting on the remaining open water throughout the area. A deer shot in a Missouri CWD zone and brought back to Minnesota was given to DNR Wildlife for testing.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to follow up on investigations from the firearms deer season. Additional time was spent checking waterfowl, pheasant, small game, and archery deer hunters. Trapping and snowmobiling activity was monitored. Ice fishing and spearing activity has started in the station with Lake Osakis already receiving a lot of fishing pressure.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on the ice fishing activity, ATV operation and snowmobiling activity. Snowmobile complaints regarding trespass, operating on roadways and expired registration were handled. Fishing success has been spotty. Minnow transportation permits were issued as well as questions answered regarding legal snowmobile operation, antlerless deer permits, and muzzleloader season questions. A call on an injured heron was also taken care of.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports fishing activity around the area has increased over the past week, despite an ATV and truck going through the ice on Lake Minnewaska. The officer checked fishermen, coyote hunters, pheasant hunters, bow hunters, and monitored trapping activity. Additional time was spent checking snowmobile operators, ATV operators, and investigating illegal fires. Calls were handled regarding muzzleloader season, and injured animals.

Wheaton - vacant.