District 15 - Marshall area

Last updated: 2014-09-30

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) had a very busy opening weekend for waterfowl. Hunters who found healthy wetlands were rewarded with limits of ducks. With an increase in hunting pressure, multiple violations were observed. The violations encountered were shooting before legal shooting hours, over limit of ducks, fail to retrieve ducks, no life jacket, no plug, no license, no state or federal stamp, transporting aquatic vegetation, entering Marsh Lake before 5 am, and using motorized decoys.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports the waterfowl opener was busy with some good success. A few groups consisting of three hunters were able to bag their limits of six a piece. Most of the ducks harvested were teal, mallard, shovelers, and wood ducks. Some red heads and ringbills were also seen. AIS enforcement was worked during the opening weekend. A few lakes are starting to produce some fall walleye fishing action. Waterfowl hunters are reminded that life jackets are required even when using duck boats.

CO Doug Lage (Marshall) completed his weekly radio show. An algae bloom was found on Coon Creek near Dead Coon Lake. Waterfowl hunters had a great weekend with large ducks and small ducks being taken. Mosquitos outnumbered the hunters. Enforcement action was taken on unlawful party hunting, unplugged shotgun, shooting early and life jacket violation.

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) worked a busy waterfowl opener, with many hunters checked during the weekend. Hunter success was decent, with puddle ducks predominately seen in possession. Many reports of early and late shooting were taken. An AIS Check Station was conducted in Big Stone County. Various hunting and license violations were encountered, including an over limit of ducks.

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working false applications and Duck Opener. Few ducks were seen in the area. Hunter?s at large sloughs had fair success while those at smaller sloughs did less than fair. A complaint was received about careless hunters shooting toward other hunters. Animal damage complaints continue to be handled. Firearms Safety was taught in Lake Wilson. Enforcement action was taken for false application, operating a motorboat in WMA, and un-drained water in a duck boat.

WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) reported an extension on a WCA violation was issued in Renville County and a site visit was completed on a WCA violation in Lincoln County. A site visit was completed on a PW violation in Big Stone Co. Officer Hanson assisted with a compliance AIS check in Big Stone/Laq Qui Parle Co. Several duck boats, boats and canoes were checked for AIS violations.

Benson - vacant.

Madison - vacant.

Redwood Falls - vacant.

Worthington - vacant.