District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2014-11-18

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) spent the week working deer hunting activity in the area. Follow up investigation on several complaints are in progress. Trespassing issues continue to put demands on the officer?s time.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) focused on big game enforcement. Deer hunter numbers were down, and few harvested deer were seen. One poacher shot a deer in the front yard of a rural residence, after pulling into the driveway. The deer fell to the ground only 35 feet from the residence. Enforcement action is pending.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking deer, pheasant and waterfowl hunters. Additional time was spent monitoring trapping activity and responding

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) worked big game and small game activity during the week. Several TIP calls & complaints were received regarding illegal deer hunting activity. Multiple violations were encountered during the firearms deer season.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the majority of the week working the firearms deer hunting season. Success rates appeared to be lower, with fewer hunters seen afield due to the weather conditions. A number of trespass complaints were investigated, as well as big game violations. Requests from the public seeking information were returned.

WREO Julie Siems worked a busy deer opener with many not registering, tagging or validating their tags. Shooting from the road and trespassing were also frequent complaints.

Albert Lea - vacant.

Mankato #1 - vacant.