Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 15 - Marshall area

Last updated: 2017-09-18

CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Benson) reports primarily working deer and small game activity. Poor weather for part of the weekend along with the large number of bugs seemed to drive down hunting activity for the openers but the officer still encountered some people out squirrel hunting and archery hunting. Area anglers were met with both good and bad success throughout the week.

CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) spent time this last week monitoring angling activity in the area and continuing to follow up on a background investigation. Officer Gutzwiller assisted CO Picht and Yellow Medicine County Sheriff?s Office with recovering an abandoned boat found in the MN River north of Granite Falls.

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked anglers, boaters, dove hunters, goose hunters, and archery deer hunters during the week. Littering issues continue at public boat access and shore angling locations. Officer Miska was a featured guest on the MinnDak Outdoors radio show on KDIO Radio in Ortonville. Waterfowl hunting violations were encountered.

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports many archery hunters complained about the number of mosquitoes that were out. Crappie fishermen are finding the most success with a few walleye mixed in. The Officer assisted the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff?s Officer with the removal of an old fiberglass boat from the MN River after someone drilled holes in it and removed all registration and VIN numbers. Anyone with information is asked to call contact Officer Picht or the Sheriff?s Office.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) conducted a weekly radio interview with KLOH Radio in Pipestone. Most of the week was spent working fishing, boating, ATV, and hunting enforcement. Small game and archery deer hunters dealt with showers and plenty of mosquitos for their respected openers. Fall walleye and perch success is starting to pick up on some area lakes. The law and ethics portion of a firearm safety class was taught in Tyler.

CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) reports time was spent checking archery deer and small game hunters. Enforcement action included ATV violations. Investigations are ongoing.

Lake Benton vacant.

Worthington vacant.