District 4 - Walker area

Last updated: 2016-04-26

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked fishermen and ATVs. Officer Hunter investigated two wetland violations. CO Hunter received information of people possible fishing illegally.

CO Chelsey Collette (Remer) enforced ATV regulations, worked on a littering complaint, advised on nuisance animal complaints and investigated a tip call regarding individuals keeping early walleyes. Enforcement action was taken for allowing illegal operation of an ATV by a minor, operating an ATV on a state highway, no ATV safety, no helmets and trap tampering.

CO Colleen Adam (NW Region OHV Officer) contacted OHV users trying to find open places to ride. Users are advised to check every Thursday after 2pm on www.findthetrails.com for the most up-to-date accurate information on state forest roads and trails opportunities or other designated grant-in-aid OHV trails across the state. Some forests are still under seasonal closures and other trails haven?t reached their open date?s period. Contacts for allowing illegal youth operation, OHMs in the right-of-way, ATV on closed non-motorized state trail and no safety training certification. Please check out the online training options on the DNR website.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week monitoring angling, ATV and spring trapping activity. CO Broughten checked spring angling activity where anglers were reporting limited success. CO Broughten fielded calls regarding nuisance beaver, angler harassment, and trespass. CO Broughten also provided testimony regarding a DWI cases at court hearings. Enforcement action included: no angling license in possession, no angling license, failure to display watercraft registration, and pass in a no passing zone.

CO Eric Sullivan (Walker) had numerous calls about nuisance beavers on area lakes and wetlands. Landowners where advised of options and issued permits for nuisance beaver control. CO Sullivan started seeing anglers on area lakes targeting panfish. Enforcement action included over limits, no angling licenses and watercraft safety violations. CO Sullivan also took enforcement action on illegal ATV operation.

Conservation Officer Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) continued to monitor fishing and boating activity throughout the week. ATV and OHM activity increased in the area as well. A cattle depredation case was investigated and the laws and ethics portion of a Firearms Safety Class was also taught. Several anglers and archers presented questions about the upcoming fishing seasons.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) reports anglers are beginning to venture out on the open water to target crappies and perch. In one instance, two anglers were seen angling with extra lines. A follow up check revealed an over limit of crappie and boating violations. Bear rule proposals were drafted at a bear committee meeting. CO Mathy also testified in court on an ATV DWI and gave a presentation about conservation officer work at a local gathering.

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) took care of equipment maintenance, monitored angling activity and addressed ATV problems.