District 13 - West Metro area

Last updated: 2016-09-26

CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) responded to calls for service including inquiries for hunting locations, regulations and TIP calls. He worked the 2016 Minnesota Waterfowl season in Carver County. He took enforcement action for no small game license, no lifejacket while waterfowl hunting, no HIP certification, unsigned Federal Duck Stamp, no MN State Waterfowl Stamp validation, and possession of toxic shot while waterfowl hunting.

CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week checking fishermen and following up with complaints. CO Grewe assisted local police departments with emergencies due to the heavy rainfalls, spoke at two firearm safety classes and checked waterfowl hunters over the weekend. Violations this week included unsigned waterfowl stamps and no small game license.

CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) presented laws and regulations at a Firearms Safety Class in Osseo. Students had great questions including whether or not a person can hunt with a bayonet on their rifle. Zebra mussel violations on Lake Minnetonka were dealt with. Enforcement action was taken for transporting aquatic vegetation on a public roadway. Waterfowl opener was successful for many hunters with compliance being good. CO Weyandt would like to remind hunters and anglers that you must have your license in possession while hunting and fishing.

CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) focused her week on archery, small game and waterfowl hunting. Officer Leuthardt found numerous hunters out early to kick off this year?s waterfowl opener but did not see widespread success. Many hunters attributed the slow opening weekend to higher than average water, but despite the conditions many were still happy to be out hunting. Officer Leuthardt has received several reports from local taxidermists reporting the intake of big game animals back to Minnesota from other states that do not comply with the state?s new CDW protocols. She wants to remind all hunters bringing deer, elk, moose or caribou back into Minnesota to review and follow the protocols for bringing their animal back into the state.

CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked the duck opener in Carver County and checked anglers on the metro area lakes and rivers. He took calls on animal complaints and answered questions to the public on waterfowl hunting regulations. Officer Lee also returned calls to the Asian community on firearm safety classes and small game hunting regulations.

Bloomington - vacant.

Ft. Snelling - vacant.

Osseo - vacant

Waconia - vacant.