District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2014-10-14

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports poor success for pheasant hunters over the opener. Duck hunters continue to see redheads and canvasbacks dominate the early migration. Time was also spent on wetland violation issues in Otter Tail County.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) received and investigated two separate reports of attacks on horses. One older horse suffered minor wounds while another was killed. The officer monitored fishing activity and small game hunters. Plautz made contact with a group of waterfowl hunters hunting in a closed area.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused enforcement activity on fishing activity, waterfowl hunters, pheasant hunters and bow hunters. Nelson saw limited success for both waterfowl and pheasant hunters. Additional calls were handled regarding deer hunting regulations, spinning wing decoys, trespass, and nuisance animal calls.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked waterfowl and pheasant hunters. Pheasant hunter numbers were very low over the opening weekend and Osborne didn?t see a rooster in the bag. Duck hunter numbers remained steady even though duck numbers have decreased.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) spent time monitoring waterfowl and pheasant hunting activity. Hunter numbers were rather low; however ducks numbers were decent in the area. Pheasant hunter compliance was very good with few violations observed. A call was taken regarding waterfowl hunters shooting and leaving a mallard on a nearby landowner?s property without giving any effort to retrieve it. Upon inspection of the group, five hunters in two boats had one loaded firearm and zero PFDs. Enforcement action was taken and the mallard was located and retrieved. Open burning of garbage and burning prohibited materials violations were also handled.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) completed step 3 field training with a COC. Time was spent checking waterfowl, small game, and archery deer hunters. The pheasant opener was worked with many hunters checked but very few roosters seen taken. Additional time was spent working fishing, boating, and AIS activity around area lakes. Shining activity was worked and follow up was completed on complaints involving discarded waterfowl and deer carcasses, dogs chasing deer, and fail to retrieve waterfowl/wanton waste.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused on the pheasant opener, waterfowl hunting activity and fishing enforcement. COs Anderson and Baumbarger participated in a pheasant opener work crew in the Morris area. Hunter success was very poor. Only a couple of pheasants were observed in the bag all weekend. A call on an injured eagle was handled in the vacant Swift County station. Additional time was spent issuing minnow transportation permits and fielding calls from the public regarding sea gulls, firearms deer season questions and an injured dove.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking fishermen, bow hunters, pheasant hunters, waterfowl hunters, and monitoring AIS law compliance. Pheasant hunter numbers around the area were high for opening weekend, but the harvest was extremely low, with the officer only seeing five dead birds all weekend. Additional time was spent on training and equipment maintenance.

Wheaton - vacant.