District 15 - Marshall area
Last updated: 2016-09-26
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports seeing limits of wood ducks and teal in the bag for duck opener. The hunters who found healthy wetlands were rewarded with limits of ducks. Reports of shining, deer baiting, and taking over limits of fish are under investigation. Please make sure to check your license to ensure you have your state and federal waterfowl stamp when hunting ducks and geese.
CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) spent time checking archery deer hunters, and waterfowl hunters throughout the week. Opening weekend of waterfowl was productive for some hunters, while others reported few to no ducks. Hunter?s bags consisted of mostly teal and wood ducks, with a few redheads mixed in. Enforcement action included no licenses in possession, federal waterfowl stamp violations, and no HIP certification.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking anglers, dove hunters, and duck/goose hunters. Duck opener was fairly successful. Eastern sloughs in the area produced better duck hunting than did western sloughs. Hunters who were willing to work their way to remote sloughs often bagged limits of mixed species of large ducks. Most sloughs, particularly those with large water bodies, produced scant numbers of ducks typically teal and mallard. Several investigations are being conducted. Enforcement action was taken for drive on WMA, unplugged shotgun, no stamps/licenses/HIP, and over limit of redhead.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports waterfowl opener was busy with plenty of private and public sloughs full of hunters. Even with all the hunters out to push ducks around, success was down from last year. Most of the ducks harvested were teal, wood duck, mallards, shovelers, ring bills, and redheads. Bugs continue to be a big topic for archery deer hunters. Most hunters have decided to wait until a good freeze before going back out. Fall walleye success continues to pick up as water temps drop.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) reports a fair start to the waterfowl season. Waterfowl hunter's bag limits consisted of mostly teal and wood ducks. Enforcement action was taken for license and stamp issues, and failure to have appropriate PFD's. Please remember all watercraft, including boats used for waterfowl hunting, are required to have approved PFD's for each person on board. An approved throwable device on boats 16 feet or longer is also required. Officer Gutzwiller also assisted at a Firearms Safety Class field day held in Dawson.
Lake Benton- Vacant