District 15 - Marshall area

Last updated: 2016-02-09

CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) monitored coyote hunting, ice fishing, and snowmobile activity. Enforcement action was taken after receiving a complaint of a snowmobile trespassing. Snowmobilers are reminded to stay on trails and to not operate on private property without permission. An area coyote tournament was worked over the weekend and hunters reported having some success after the snowstorm midweek. Aeration systems were also inspected on Wood and Tyson Lakes in Yellow Medicine County.

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week training, checking anglers, and working snowmobiles. Snowmobiling continues to be popular. Area lakes are still stingy in the walleye bite. Enforcement action was taken for snowmobile and shelter registration violations.

CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) worked a coyote tournament in the Wabasso area. A TIP complaint was investigated pertaining to a motor vehicle being used to chase a fox. A person may not use a motor vehicle to intentionally drive, chase, run over, kill, or take a wild animal. Angling activity was worked on Lac qui Parle Lake. Enforcement action was taken for failing to display ATV registration and unattended lines.

CO Doug Lage (Marshall) conducted his weekly radio show on KLOH Radio. The Hendricks fishing tournament did very well with almost 400 people attending. Enforcement action was taken for license not displayed on fish shelter, and license not in possession. A report of people chasing coyote with snowmobiles is under investigation. An investigation of taking deer out of season is also under way in the Verdi area.

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored ATV, ice fishing, predator hunting and snowmobiling activity during the week. This officer attended several days of training at Camp Ripley, where multiple training topics were covered. Good compliance was seen during the week.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week working ice fishing, predator hunting, and snowmobile enforcement. Training was also attended at Camp Ripley. A blizzard early in the week dropped around 3-7 inches of snow which allowed snowmobile activity to pick up again. Most state trails have not been groomed since the blizzard. Ice fishermen are reminded to continue to use caution as slush areas are still being reported.

Benson - vacant.

Madison - vacant.

Worthington - vacant.