District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2016-10-17

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking deer hunters and waterfowl hunters, as well as pheasant and dove hunters. Officer Ihnen also patrolled for fishing and boating activity. Public accesses were monitored for litter and AIS violations.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato 2) reports the nice fall weather produced a large number of hunters out for the pheasant and waterfowl openers. Archery hunters and anglers were also checked. The officer continues to answer calls regarding the upcoming deer season.

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) focused his activity towards small game, migratory waterfowl and big game enforcement. CO Henke assisted neighboring officers with an investigation into a big game case. Enforcement action for the week included unplugged firearms, and license issues. CO Henke gave a law and ethics presentation to a Firearm?s Safety Class in Alden. He also assisted local law enforcement with several incidents.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked angling, ATV, waterfowl, pheasant, and archery deer hunting activity this week. Saturday?s pheasant opener brought many hunters to the field. The warm weather was hard on the dogs, but a number of hunters were able to find birds. Duck activity picked up as well with many more mallards and teal seen in the bag than before the split.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked anglers, migratory waterfowl hunters, small game hunters and archery deer hunters. Boaters, AIS activity, and ATV operators were also checked during the week. Many hunters found a limit of ducks on the waterfowl opener.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) checked waterfowl and small game hunters this week. Waterfowl hunters found some success on this second ?opener.? Pheasants were hard to come by for most hunters. There is lots of corn left in the field in the area, but harvest is picking up.

CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato 1) focused on small game, fishing and archery hunting this week. Officer VanThuyne also assisted neighboring officers with an investigation and assisted an archery hunter in recovering his deer. A few pheasant hunters had some luck finding some roosters this weekend.

Spring Valley vacant.