Hunt report shows migration is slow [UPDATED]Published 9:04am Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Updated 12:04pm Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Conservation Officer Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports waterfowl migration is slow in the area but some new birds are filtering in.
Many hunters have been reporting geese seem to be very educated and reluctant to finish into the decoy spreads.
Richards participated in a shining detail with other CO?s in the district. Trappers were checked and questions were answered related to the upcoming firearms deer season.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) released a fisher from a live trap, issued car killed deer permits, worked area archery, waterfowl and small game hunters with few waterfowl and pheasants in the area.
Shining activity was worked with district officers. Plautz also assisted area officers with a big game violation resulting in numerous violations on three individuals.
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused enforcement activity checking waterfowl, pheasant and archery deer hunters.
Trapping activity was monitored as well as working deer shining activity with district officers. Time was spent meeting with the local county attorney to discuss charges regarding a case. Calls and complaints were worked in the vacant Wheaton station.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked waterfowl and pheasant hunters. Calls about waterfowl refuges were answered. Trapping questions were answered and equipment maintenance was performed.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) monitored deer hunting activity, with several archery hunters checked. Local WMAs are seeing pressure as the deer have really started becoming more active.
Enforcement action was taken against an individual who had left a stand, climbing sticks and a trail camera on the WMA for several straight days.
Issues regarding trespassing, deer license questions, car killed deer, and an accidentally trapped otter were handled.
Opening weekend trapping pressure was monitored with a few untagged traps located. In addition, Lawler participated in a D3 work crew with several other officers and checked walleye anglers on station lakes.