District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2015-10-06

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked waterfowl hunters and ATV operators. CO Howe also attended a meeting for the permittee/operators of aeration systems with neighboring officers.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) continues to handle trespassing complaints. Waterfowl hunters were checked. The officer spent time on the Minnesota River checking anglers. Wildlife Management Areas were patrolled as well.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked hunting, fishing, and recreational vehicle enforcement. Waterfowl hunters experienced some success after the mid-week cool down. Nuisance beaver issues were addressed.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked anglers, boaters, ATV operators, as well as small game, waterfowl, and archery deer hunters during the week. The DNR lasershot was staffed for a Greenwing event at the Steele County Ducks Unlimited banquet. The officer located one hunter who stated that he wasn?t having much luck hunting game as he had only got one shot. The hunter?s luck took a turn for the worse when the officer discovered the hunter had drove to this location on a suspended driver license, had a warrant for his arrest, and was hunting without a license while his hunting privileges were revoked.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week working small game, waterfowl, and archery deer hunting, and AIS compliance. The fall turkey hunting opener was worked over the weekend. Waterfowl hunters checked continued to have moderate success. CO Chihak attended the Adams Firearms Safety field day at the LeRoy Rod & Gun Club.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) patrolled his station checking anglers, boaters, and waterfowl hunters. Officer Ihnen checked a group of hunters and was impressed by their youngest member, a six-year-old, who was able to positively identify all of the different species of ducks that his dad and older brother had harvested. CO Ihnen also checked deer hunters and responded to a number of TIP calls and other hunting complaints from the public.

Albert Lea - vacant.

Mankato #1 - vacant.