District 4 - Wadena area

Last updated: 2014-12-16

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) worked an illegal burning case and checked ice anglers and shelters. Parthun arrested three hunters during the last weekend of the muzzle loader deer season for hunting over bait. Firearms were seized. Enforcement action was taken for hunting over bait, transporting a loaded firearm and burning of prohibited materials.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked muzzleloader and archery deer hunters, fishermen and trappers. Officer Hunter assisted the Hubbard County Sheriff?s Department with a search warrant. Large holes in the ice and thinning ice were reported.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) week focused on big and small game hunting, trapping, and sport fishing activity. Nothing unusual to report. Assisted an outside agency in attempting to locate a suspect vehicle. He received a call of a dog caught in a trap and coached the dog owner by phone how to release the animal. The animal sustained minor injuries and the trap was legally set.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked angling activities. Ice depth on lakes varied from 13-18 inches with some weak ice near cracks and pressure ridges present. CO Mathy also received calls on an accidentally caught fisher and littering. Enforcement action was taken for illegal length walleye, unregistered ATV, spear without license, and several fish house related violations.

CO Beau Shroyer (Remer) focused patrol efforts on sport fishing and small game enforcement. ATV activity was checked incidentally to those activities. A possible public waters issue was investigated. Enforcement action was taken for angling and small game hunting without appropriate licenses in possession, and failure to display ATV registration. An incidentally taken fisher with a research transmitter was seized and will be turned over to DNR wildlife for research purposes.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on deer hunting, trapping, spearing, and ice angling activity. Ice anglers reported moderate success. Ice conditions continue to vary. Anglers report 10 to15 inches of ice on some lakes, however recent warm weather and rain took its toll on ice conditions. CO Broughten assisted multiple anglers that got lost in the fog when attempting to travel on the ice. CO Broughten also checked muzzleloader deer hunters and assisted Cass County Sheriff?s Office with a call of a dog that went through the ice. Enforcement action included no angling license in possession, illegal length walleye, and failure to display ATV registration.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked the muzzleloader deer season with a hunter reporting seeing a mule deer buck by Bertha. A vehicle was stopped for shooting off the road, trespass (shooting into an ag corn field), and when the hunter was asked what he had shot at he stated, ?Four deer were running in the corn field.? Then Officer Halverson asked if any had antlers and the hunter stated, ?Let?s say they did but I really don?t think so? because he did not have an antlerless permit. His honesty was appreciated and enforcement action was taken. A wolf was accidently taken in a snare. The trapper turned it in and the fur will be used for education. An ATV broke through the ice on Lake Alexander; the fisherman got wet but is ok. Please be very careful on ice after the recent warm weather.

CO Colleen Adam (ATV REC) worked on office and patrol equipment and attended meeting/training in St. Paul. Despite the warmer than normal temperatures muzzleloader hunters final weekend was met with dense fog and drizzly rain making for poor visibility. What was beginning to shape up as a good ice fishing winter has been setback by the warm temps, melting snow and persistent light rain that turned cracks into gaps and six inch jigging holes into 24 inch spearing openings overnight. Ice cleats are a must and moving around on the ice can be a workout.