District 4 - Wadena area

Last updated: 2014-04-15

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked ATV activity and angling activity. A call of two dead bald eagles in a field was received. CO spoke at a Firearms Safety Class at the Boy Scout camp.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) responded to spring fish run questions and patrolled areas of fish spawn. ATV patrols were conducted in agricultural and state forested areas. Questions were taken and a presentation conducted at a local archery club. Questions and topics ranged from the deer, fishing, wolves, and the turkey season to name a few.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) worked angling and related activity throughout the week. Numerous dead deer calls were received. A call of a deer caught in a fence, a call on a sick fox, and a call on a bird in someone?s yard were also received. Most of the calls were referred to the area DNR Wildlife office.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) is beginning to see fewer anglers on area lakes as the ice is beginning to erode. A vehicle went through the ice in shallow water on Lake Winnibigoshish. ATVs and foot travel are the primary means of get around on the lakes. CO Mathy checked ATV use on closed state forest roads.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on ice angling activity. Anglers had poor success. Ice conditions are deteriorating fast and lakes are becoming unsafe. CO Broughten completed mandatory training and met with the county attorney on open cases. CO Broughten also fielded calls concerning animal complaints and a public waters violation.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked angling activity, spring fish run, and checked ATV activity. A wolf depredation was investigated. Enforcement action for the week included unregistered ATV and no fishing license

CO Colleen Adam (NW Region OHV Recreation Officer) checked fishing activity on rivers, area lakes are starting to deteriorate. The temporary forest closures are in place across much of the region and users are encouraged to check the website on Thursday afternoon for the weekend update. CO Adam attended a monthly OHV monitoring meeting and employee meeting in St. Paul.

Water Recourse Enforcement Officer Shane Siltala assisted with two different Lake Service Provider trainings in Alexandria and Walker. Many enforcement related questions were answered regarding LSP laws and permit conditions. A reminder that any business that rents watercraft is now required to obtain an LSP permit. Local angling activity was monitored and AIS laws discussed.