CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) reports time was spent conducting investigations from firearms deer season and checking pheasant hunters.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) spent time working waterfowl/archery deer hunters and continuing to follow up with open investigations from the firearms deer season. Enforcement action was taken for license and stamp issues. Commercial minnow inspections were completed.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) assisted in several big game details with South Dakota Game and Fish and CO?s in southeast Minnesota. Waterfowl hunters were having success in the fields. Most lakes and ponds opened up with high winds and warmer temps. Please use caution when venturing out on early ice.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking hunters and conducting investigations. A great many pheasant hunters hit the field this weekend and most had only fair success. Most area lakes have re-opened. Enforcement action was taken for fail to validate deer tag.
CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Benson) checked pheasant hunters throughout the week. The officer saw many pheasant hunters return to the field after the end of the firearms slug season in the area. The officer received several questions regarding scopes on muzzleloaders as hunters begin to gear up for the muzzleloader season.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked anglers and pheasant hunters during the week. Cases from the firearms deer season were followed up on.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) spent the week checking waterfowl, pheasant, and archery deer hunters. Time was also spent working on follow-up investigation from the firearms deer season. A few larger groups of northern mallards are hanging around which is resulting in some good field hunts for those hunters following the feeding paths. Most of the larger sloughs and lakes have reopened due to windy conditions and above freezing temperatures.
Lake Benton vacant.