District 3 - Fergus Falls area

Last updated: 2015-12-01

CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) checked waterfowl hunters and trappers. Complaints of wanton waste were received. Questions were answered about trapping and the muzzleloader season.

CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) spent time on follow up deer season complaints. Vehicles operating on WMAs have been a popular complaint. Incidentally taken fisher and bobcat were seized and donated to Minnesota Trappers Association. Ice is forming on area lakes but is very thin as of now.

CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) checked trappers and deer hunters. Complaints were handled regarding on nuisance beaver and dogs feeding on deer carcasses. A waters complaint was determined to be the county?s and turned over to them. Nelson assisted setting up a snowmobile safety class.

CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked deer hunters, waterfowl hunters and trappers. Numerous calls were taken including injured animals, trespass, car killed deer, and license questions. Osborne observed ice fishermen out on small lakes in the area. A TIP complaint of a swan being shot was handled by Osborne as well.

CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) spent time working muzzleloader hunting activity as well as late season open water fishing. A few complaints came in regarding lending/borrowing of deer licenses as well as illegal party hunting. Several illegal tree stands were found on WMA property. Several cases of angling with extra lines were worked with multiple citations issued.

CO Jeff Johanson (Osakis) continued to work on deer cases and investigations with some closed out and others just starting. Muzzleloader and archery deer hunters were checked, as well as waterfowl and pheasant hunters. Several trappers were checked in the area and reminded that they need to wear blaze orange when out during the muzzleloader deer season. Fishermen were checked, both on the water and on the ice. A wetland complaint was followed up on and investigated. Johanson is working with the Todd County Sheriff?s Office on an investigation involving a serious motor vehicle accident with injuries that started with a suspected deer poaching incident.

CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on the opening weekend of muzzleloader deer season, pheasant hunters, early ice anglers and late season waterfowl hunting activity. Freeze up is almost complete on most area lakes. Anderson checked a very dark smoke permit fire and found creosote treated timbers in a fire. The Morris Fire Department was called to extinguish the blaze and a person faces charges for burning a large amount of prohibited materials. Anderson handed off a case for prosecution to the USFWS regarding equipment and placing bait on a local WPA. Deer season cases were wrapped up for the most part and calls were fielded from the public regarding waterfowl hunting, muzzleloader deer season and angling questions.

CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the week included checking muzzleloader hunters, pheasant hunters, waterfowl hunters, and the first ice fishermen of the season. Fishermen should use caution as ice conditions vary greatly from lake to lake, with the majority of area lakes still free of ice. Complaints were received about altering lakeshore/bed, shooting from the road, and trespass.

Wheaton - vacant.