Conservation officer tales: ice angler gets ticket
CO Alan Peterson (Osage) watched an angler catch bluegills at a rate of nearly one per minute, placing the small ones on the ice and keeping the larger ones in a pail. On two occasions, the angler left smaller fish on the ice for 20 minutes, the second time pushing them back in the water on the officer's approach. The angler said the little ones were interfering with his attempt to catch the bigger ones. He was cited for culling.
They had dad's
CO Mike Shelden (Alexandria) stopped an ATV being operated on a tar county road by a 10-year-old boy (no helmet and unregistered machine) with his young sister as a passenger. Their father said they could take the ATV down the road to buy a can of pop. Shelden called the father to advise him about the danger of having a 10-year-old operate an ATV on a highway without a helmet and the fact this was illegal. The father said the children could get hit by a car walking down a sidewalk as well.
Caught at their favorite watering hole
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) received a call about two men illegally spearing rough fish in a river. Upon arrival, the men and the vehicle were nowhere in sight. However next door at a "watering hole," the vehicle was found, with speared fish in a pail, and two spears in the back of the truck. Enforcement action was taken.