District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2014-10-21

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked archery deer, small game, and waterfowl hunters. Waterfowl hunting is slow. Crops continue to come out of the fields, but pheasant hunting has also been slow. A litter case was investigated.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) spent time this past week checking WMAs and State Parks for activity. Waterfowl hunting success has slowed as of late. Complaints of illegal dumping are being investigated.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) patrolled for pheasant, deer, and waterfowl hunters. Additional time was spent monitoring AIS compliance on area lakes. A number of possible public waters and wetland violation sites were also investigated.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) enforced angling, ATV, waterfowl, pheasant, archery, and AIS activity. Area duck hunters saw limited results over the MEA weekend. Anglers are still finding fish on local lakes.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) worked angling, AIS, ATV, big game, small game, and migratory waterfowl activity during the week. A trespassing complaint was investigated. The law & ethics presentation was given at a firearms safety class in Glenville. Illegal activities were reported at a wildlife management area.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week working small game hunting, archery (deer) hunting, AIS enforcement, and the special youth deer season over the weekend. A possible public waters violation along the Upper Iowa River was investigated. Time was also spent attending two Pheasants Forever sponsored youth hunts near LeRoy. Approximately 50 youngsters total took part in the hunts. Requests from the public seeking information were returned.

WREO Julie Siems worked on background investigations.

Albert Lea - vacant.

Mankato #1 - vacant.