CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) attended a district meeting and worked duck opener in the metro area. He did a hunting workshop for the Karen community in Roseville and checked small game hunters. He also checked shore fishermen and took calls on an animal complaint in Minneapolis.
CO Thephong Le (ELCOP) worked fishing activity and the waterfowl opener in the district vicinity. He attended a district meeting/training at Fort Snelling State Park and attended an Outreach meeting with Wildlife staff, representatives from Southeast Asian organizations on hunting regulations and hunting related concerns. He provided a ride along opportunity to another law enforcement member who works for Roseville Police Department. Enforcement action was taken for unsigned federal duck stamp and illegally transport firearm.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week patrolling anglers, training/working AIS with K9 Shelby, and attended a district meeting. CO Grewe worked the busy opening waterfowl weekend and got a chuckle with another CO when they observed fishermen, a water skier, kayakers, and duck hunters all on the same lake enjoying the unseasonably high temperatures. Violations this week included taking protected migratory waterfowl in a closed season, shooting from a motorboat underway, and license issues.
CO Leah Weyandt (Mound) conducted interviews for a background investigation. Waterfowl hunters were checked on the opener weekend. Archery deer hunters were also checked on public lands. No enforcement action was taken.
CO Tim Maass (Osseo) spent the week answering several questions regarding the waterfowl opener. The opener was successful with many hunters finding ducks. Enforcement action was taken for several hunters with lead shot and unlawfully transporting uncased, loaded firearms. CO Maass also had a black bear that was struck and killed by a motor vehicle in the city of Corcoran. The bear will be used for educational purposes.
CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) welcomed a fantastic start to the 2017 duck season. Nearly every party coming off the water had a near limit per hunter. Many hunters stated they cannot recall a better opener in the area. Earlier in the week a great horned owl was donated to a high school science department to teach students about the stealthy attributes of owls. An angler was arrested for an active warrant for a fish and game violation. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, waterfowl hunting without a small game license, failure to remove drain plug, and kayaking without a personal floatation device.
CO Chelsie Leuthardt (Prior Lake) reports a steady week of small game and angling activity. CO Leuthardt spent time in area Wildlife Management Areas checking hunters and removing abandoned hunting property illegally left overnight. CO Leuthardt also reports a busy waterfowl opener despite above average temperatures. She found many hunters bringing in limits of ducks.
Ft. Snelling vacant.