District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2016-09-26

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) focused the majority of his time on waterfowl enforcement, archery deer, and assisting with local flooding issues. CO Henke reports a busy opening weekend for duck hunters. Multiple different violations were encountered and two teenagers learned the importance of having life jackets when their ten-foot john boat swamped while duck hunting.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) focused primarily on preparing for and working the opening duck hunting season this week. With all the extra water around bird numbers were scattered with pockets of good success in some areas, and limited success in other ?traditional hot spots?. Additional time was spent monitoring fishing, boating, and ATV activity.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato 2) assisted Blue Earth County with flood water issues. The officer reports a slower than normal waterfowl opener, likely due to the plentiful water standing in the fields. A commercial trapping issue is also being investigated.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) reports that heavy rains continue to cause high water on area lakes and rivers. CO Howe worked waterfowl opener, with minor violations detected. High water and lots of flooded fields tended to keep the birds dispersed over a wide area. CO Howe and other local conservation officers also responded to requests of flood relief assistance in the city of St. Clair.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked anglers, small game hunters, waterfowl hunters, and archery deer hunters. Boaters, AIS activity, and ATV operators were also checked during the week. The officer received phone calls from landowners with deer stands on their property without permission. Assistance was given to a local police department and sheriff?s offices with various law enforcement calls.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) focused primarily on working duck hunters and fishermen this week. Recent heavy rains have caused a dramatic raise in water levels in lakes and rivers. This has slowed fishing a bit. Duck hunters were out in full force for Saturday?s opener although success was very limited. Hunters who ventured out on Sunday were much more successful with wood ducks being the most common species harvested.

CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato) focused on deer hunting and waterfowl activity. Waterfowl hunters typically had a couple of ducks in the bag. Most had trouble finding a good number of birds. The flooding in the area may have played a role in success for the opener. Officer VanThuyne also continued an investigation and assisted local communities affected by the flood.

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