District 4 - Wadena area
Last updated: 2015-11-24
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on deer hunting activity. Cold weather started to ice over smaller ponds with larger bodies of water still open. Many hunters returned to the woods for the last weekend of the regular firearm deer season, however limited success was reported. CO Broughten received several calls regarding road hunters, trespassing, and deer shot from the roadway. Several poor decisions and lack of ethics gave deer hunters a poor image this week. CO Broughten also assisted local law enforcement with a call of overdue duck hunters and responded to a possible suicidal individual. Enforcement action included: insufficient blaze orange, shoot deer from roadway, and transport loaded firearm.
CO Colleen Adam (NW Region OHV Recreation Officer) followed up on firearms deer season investigations. Investigation continues into an abandon ATV with wetlands damages. Paperwork processed for court procedures and search. Final weekend of firearms deer season came to a close under icy and snowy conditions.
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) reports finishing up deer season projects and assisting another officer with a deer shot from the roadway. Trapping activity was monitored with fewer trappers in the area. Area lakes were evaluated for ice over activity.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) received calls from people requesting car killed wild animals. Officer Hunter received a call of people digging up logs from lakes (which is illegal). CO Hunter served a restoration order.
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) focused work efforts on the last week of the firearms deer season. Complaints of trespassing, dumped deer carcasses and hunting on a closed game refuge were addressed. Parthun checked another seasoned hunter who stated it was the first time he had encountered a warden in his 70 years of hunting. He proudly displayed his license and continued on his way through the woods, pursuing a large white tail. Enforcement action was taken for trespassing, hunting on a closed game refuge, transport an illegally taken big game animal and fail to registered deer.
Remer - vacant.
Walker - vacant.