CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports ice fishing activity has increased with colder temperatures firming up conditions. Caution on the ice is still advised and checking it yourself is always recommended. Muzzleloader hunters continued through the last weekend with nice weather. Goose numbers are still high in the area providing opportunity for late season goose hunters.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) worked on a background investigation and followed up on trespass and trapping complaints. Ice is forming nicely with some anglers out having some luck. A dead snowy owl call was taken and also a nuisance snowy owl getting an individual?s chickens was turned over to wildlife staff.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) responded to trapping and hunting complaints. Ice is still very thin yet with several instances of open water on area lakes. A complaint of a person blocking a public access has been an ongoing issue with numerous fishermen complaining about not being able to access the lake. The officer and area law enforcement are working to get the issue resolved.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) completed an investigation into illegal hunting activity by nearly every person involved with the group. Citations were issued for hunting deer without a license, illegal party hunting, untagged deer, and unregistered deer. Ice fishing is starting to take off with foot traffic on smaller lakes. CAUTION is advised as thickness levels vary from one lake to another! Two different fishing groups were cited for possessing illegal length crappies on a local lake with a special regulation. Another successful snowmobile safety class was also completed as many area youth took part.
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) focused enforcement efforts on pheasant hunters, trapping activity, and muzzleloader deer hunters. Officers? Anderson and Baumbarger worked pheasant and muzzleloader deer hunters in the vacant Elbow Lake station. Minnow transportation permits were issued and calls were fielded from the public regarding ATV registration, snowmobile trail questions, and trespass.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts focused on checking fishermen, ATV operators, deer, and small game hunters. Additional time was spent investigating complaints of trespass and shooting from the road.
Elbow Lake vacant.