District 4 - Wadena area
Last updated: 2013-12-03
CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) continued to work cases from the firearms deer season. Ice shelters and ice anglers are more prominent. Parthun worked the opener of the muzzleloader deer season and found good compliance and few deer. He also checked traps and trappers during the week. Enforcement activities included Aquatic Management Area violations and illegal trap sets.
CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked hunters, ATV operators, anglers, and trappers. Officer Hunter received a few complaints of traps being stolen. One trapper, who was reporting his traps missing, was also the alleged thief of another trapper?s sets. A reminder: taking someone else?s traps/snares is trap tampering AND theft. Also, fur registration is scheduled for December 6 from 12:00 pm 7:00 pm at the DNR Wildlife Office in Park Rapids.
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) checked muzzleloader hunters over the opening of the season. Many hunters still had questions regarding bag limits and license options. Many anglers were out on the ice, with conditions progressing well and many shacks being left on the ice. Officer Oldakowski also checked several trappers that were out during the start of the fisher season.
CO Gary Sommers (Walker) reported primary enforcement efforts this past week focused on big game hunting activity. He also received a complaint regarding someone trespassing and dumping of deer carcasses on private property.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) reports ice fishermen were out for the first time with some small lakes having 5-6 inches of ice. Caution is advised in many areas. Trappers and muzzleloader deer hunters were also out. CO Mathy also followed up on a wolf complaint that resulted in enforcement action for failing to register the wolf and surrendering the carcass to the division of wildlife.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on deer hunting, trapping, and ice angling activity. Few muzzleloader deer hunters were observed over the opener weekend. CO Broughten observed a few brave ice anglers venturing out on area lakes. Anglers are advised ice conditions vary and are reminded to check the ice conditions before venturing out. CO Broughten also followed up on investigations from firearms deer season.
CO Colleen Adam (OHV Recreation Officer Park Rapids) continued investigations from the firearms deer season. She also monitored deer hunting activity during the muzzleloader opener, which was fairly quiet. Officer Adam noted that trapping activity has been ramping up and reports of trap tampering have been coming in.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Shane Siltala traveled to area SWCD offices to discuss current wetland violation issues. He also spent time checking muzzleloader deer hunters over the opening weekend. Few hunters were out despite the favorable weather.