District 15 - Marshall area
Last updated: 2013-12-10
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) reports that ice conditions continue to improve in the area with the recent sub-zero temperatures. The youngsters who participated in the first-ever youth deer hunt at Blue Mounds State Park were challenged with -17 degree temps for the start of the hunt.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) states that a winter storm and subzero temperatures slowed hunting activity with only a few pheasant and muzzleloader hunters braving the elements. Ice fishing activity continues to increase with ATV?s being used to pull houses out on some lakes. A couple of reports of ATV?s and fish houses breaking through have been reported so please use extreme caution. The law and ethics portion of a snowmobile safety class was taught in Marshall.
CO Doug Lage (Lake Benton) advises that cold conditions are bringing out the ice house. Coyote hunters are out with limited success. Hunter?s not wearing blaze orange during the muzzleloader season has been an issue this past week. CO Lage assisted local State Troopers with several vehicles in the ditch.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked archery, muzzleloader, and pheasant hunting activity during the week. Ice fishing activity is increasing on local waters. This officer also met and spoke to local members of Pheasants Forever.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) attended a training program during the week. Most outdoor adventurists have turned to ice fishing. Follow-up continues with deer season cases.
WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) issued a deed restriction in Chippewa County for a PW violation. A restoration order was issued for a WCA violation in McLeod County. Four RPN?s along with a restoration order was issued in Kandiyohi County for WCA violations. The cold weather kept the hunters to a minimum over the weekend and ice fishermen were out on area lakes.
Benson - vacant.
Madison - vacant.
Redwood Falls - vacant.