District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2015-10-06

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports most duck hunters were reporting seeing very few birds over the weekend. However, some limits of ringneck ducks were reported with a few more redheads observed. Anglers continue to have good success with surface water temperatures starting to dip into fall ranges. Enforcement efforts were related to waterfowl violations and angling.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) spoke to over 100 5th and 6th graders at Conservation Days in Wadena. Plautz investigated the illegal shooting of a golden plover and started working on a background investigation for the DNR Enforcement hiring process. Duck hunters were checked over the weekend as well as fishermen and archery hunters. A caller reported seeing a cougar near a schoolhouse where children frequently walk to and from school. The caller stated the cougar was dangerously close to the schoolhouse and was concerned for the safety of the kids. This officer would like to remind citizens these are federally protected animals.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) checked fishermen, waterfowl hunters and deer hunters this past week. CO?s Nelson and Anderson worked on deer shining complaints and worked AIS enforcement checking boaters and duck hunters? trailers for transporting vegetation. A call was handled regarding an injured hawk and several questions were answered about the upcoming firearms deer season.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen, boaters, ATVs and hunters. Bow hunters have been getting a few deer in the area and duck hunters haven?t had the greatest weather for duck hunting. Osborne has seen a few more geese show up in the area over the past week. Enforcement action was taken early shooting at ducks, no state/federal stamps and unplugged shotgun.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports average waterfowl hunting pressure in both the Alex and Osakis stations this week. Several groups were checked throughout the week with only moderate success observed. Fishing activity remains steady with crappies and muskie drawing most attention. Assistance was given to the Todd County Sheriff?s Office with a deer poaching case. Several charges were filed on two individuals including taking big game out of season, taking big game without a license and transporting it with a motor vehicle. Other violations for the week included angling with extra lines and no federal or state waterfowl stamps. Another successful FAS class was completed with a big thank you to the instructor group.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on the second weekend waterfowl season, TIP complaints, fall angling activity and AIS law compliance. Waterfowl hunter success was actually higher. A few more ducks and geese have moved into the area. Anderson received and investigated several TIP complaints about deer poaching with a firearm, over limit of ducks, hunting in a refuge, motor boat on a WMA, rallying ducks, decoys left in public waters, and a boat left unattended on a WPA. CO?s Anderson and Nelson had a work crew for water fowl hunting activity and archery deer hunter complaints. Several of the TIP complaints were from the vacant Wheaton station. Minnow transportation permits were reviewed and issued as well as questions answered from the public regarding FAS certificates and using motor vehicles on WMAs and WPAs.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking waterfowl hunters, bow hunters, and fishermen. Additional time was spent on nuisance beaver complaints, injured animal calls, and performing maintenance on station equipment. Baumbarger assisted CO?s Anderson and Nelson in the vacant Wheaton station over the weekend working waterfowl hunters and archery deer hunters. Duck hunter numbers were down slightly from opening weekend, but hunters were still having success.

Wheaton - vacant.