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Conservation reports highlight activity [UPDATED]

Published 3:49am Monday, November 25, 2013 Updated 6:02am Monday, November 25, 2013

Conservation Officer Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) focused enforcement efforts toward deer hunting activity. Conservation Officer of trespass and shooting from roadway were investigated.

Conservation Officer Tricia Plautz (Henning) worked a very busy week of deer season. Several trespass calls were investigated throughout the week. A considerable amount of time was spent investigating a complaint of an individual who took a deer without a license and a case of an individual who took two deer overlimit. Other violations were: transport loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, untagged big game animal, lend/borrow deer license and illegal party hunting.

Conservation Officer Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused enforcement efforts checking deer hunters, waterfowl hunters and fishermen. Complaints of trespass, shooting deer from roadways and several other TIP calls were investigated. A call on an injured pelican was also looked into. Calls were handled in the vacant Wheaton station and assistance was given to Conservation Officer Osborne regarding a deer hunting complaint.

Conservation Officer Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked deer hunters throughout the week and weekend. Complaints handled include shining and shooting, trespass, baited deer stands and shooting after hours. Osborne took enforcement action for illegal party hunting, lend/borrow licenses, untagged deer, fail to validate, registration violations, transport loaded firearms, parent allow illegal hunting by a juvenile, hunt over baited area, shoot after hours and fish over limit.

Conservation Officer Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) spent most of the week working firearms deer season activity. Hunter numbers were fewer during the week, with harvest numbers lower than some would’ve liked. Officers Lawler and Osborne worked a case where a father and son were found hunting together on a 20-acre tract of land.

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