District 4 - Wadena area

Last updated: 2014-09-16

CO Paul Parthun (Lake George) worked a busy archery deer season and small game opener. Deer hunters had modest success with a few nice deer being harvested. Parthun continued checking bear hunting activity and ATV activity. Some miscellaneous animal complaints were addressed. Enforcement action was taken for uncased firearm on a game refuge, failure to register a bear bait site, open containers of alcohol in a motor vehicle and license violations.

CO Sam Hunter (Park Rapids) checked hunters, fishermen and ATVs. Officer Hunter received a call of an injured eagle. Grouse hunters stated that too much foliage made for tough hunting.

CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) continued to check early season goose hunters in the area, as well as on some bear baiting issues. Assistance was provided to instructors at a trapper education class, and a few younger hunters were checked over the youth waterfowl opener.

CO Gary Sommers (Walker) focused on sport fishing, boating, AIS, big and small game hunting and ORV activity. Signed complaints; received a call regarding a sick/injured kingfisher with the call referred to non-game; assisted Cass County Sheriff with small game hunters trespassing on posted property; investigated a litter/dumping issue on state forest land; received a call from a bear hunter who incorrectly entered the wrong harvest zone while electronically registering a bear.

CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) reports a shift in resource use as cold weather and open hunting seasons brought out more hunters than anglers in the area. Phone calls and questions were received about the disappointing news that zebra mussels have been found in Cass Lake. Nuisance bears are still showing up in the Cass Lake area. Youth waterfowl hunters on Leech Lake reported a good experience with several different species in the bag. Enforcement action was taken for invasive species, goose hunting, boating, and ATV violations.

CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent the week focusing on angling, goose hunting, deer hunting and bear hunting activity. Bear hunters were found to have good success with average size bears. CO Broughten observed few archery deer and small game hunters taking to the woods. Broughten investigated a depredation complaint. He also assisted with the range day at Deep Portage Learning Center for students that completed their online Firearms Safety.

CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) worked small game and bow openers, and checked deer and bear baits. He delivered car hit eagle to DNR Wildlife Non Game.

CO Colleen Adam (ATV REC) worked area forests and trails during the week. Several illegal cross country trails were located and follow up contacts were necessary. Cold weather greeted the youth waterfowl day but the young people were happy to be outdoors bonding with family. Some grouse hunters struggled to bag birds but encouraged that the population may be seeing an increase based on hearing more birds in the woods. Bear and archery hunters are also hitting the public lands.

WREO Shane Siltala worked AIS enforcement on area lake accesses. He also spent time checking archery and small game hunters over opener weekend. Time was also spent on WCA files.

Remer - vacant.