District 4 - Wadena area

Last updated: 2014-11-18

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) worked another busy week of firearms deer season. Special details were worked, evidence was processed and complaints were addressed. Enforcement action was taken for hunting while intoxicated, 2nd degree DWI, transporting loaded firearms and trespassing.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked hunters and fishermen. Trapping activity picked up with the new snow. Ice is building and some fishermen are venturing out. Remember that there are a lot of lakes in the Park Rapids area that have current flowing thru them making the ice thin and unpredictable.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) continued to check hunters and camps. Trespass calls seemed to prevail last week. A TIP call was received about a shining and shooting incident. The violators were found and the deer recovered. The firearms lights and deer were seized. Assistance was also provided to medical and local law enforcement at an accidental shooting.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked deer hunting activity. Time was also spent checking on reports of persons illegally cutting spruce tops from timber land. CO?s Hansen, Fairbanks, and Patten assisted CO Mathy with a deer case where violations of take over limit of deer, hunt deer over baited area, lend/borrow license violations, party hunting violations, untagged deer, fail to register deer, fail to validate deer tag, and transport an illegally taken deer were found.

CO Beau Shroyer (Remer) finished field training in the Crookston station, where deer hunting enforcement was the main focus. Enforcement action was taken in the Remer station for unregistered deer, possess drug paraphernalia and marijuana, shoot from the roadway and shoot from a motor vehicle. CO Shroyer spent time getting to know the Remer station and neighboring officers.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on deer hunting activity. Recent weather has caused smaller lakes to start to ice over. Deer hunting success was poor. CO Broughten fielded calls of trespass, shoot from roadway, and hunting deer over bait. CO Broughten also investigated a case involving lend/borrow a big game license and illegal party hunting. Enforcement action included lend/borrow big game license, unlawful party hunting, and no doe permit.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked the deer season, complaints on wanton waste deer, shining and trespass. Contacts were made for untagged deer, loaded guns, and take antlerless deer without a permit. Halverson made contact with the operator of a 3-wheeler that had been called in for trespass and ripping up yards and the public access.

CO Colleen Adam (ATV REC) patrolled area forest roads and trails checking firearm deer hunters. The cold weather and tighter hunting options made for far fewer hunters the second weekend of firearms deer season. Officer Adam responded to untagged deer, operating ATV?s on closed trails and shoot from the road complaints.

WREO Shane Siltala checked deer firearms hunters in vacant stations over the past week. Overall deer hunter numbers appeared to be below average. A complaint of shooting from the roadway was addressed. A call of an injured deer out in the middle of a frozen pond was also responded to. Extra patrol was given to areas of road hunting complaints. Overall hunting law compliance was good.