Last updated: 2017-01-09
CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) concentrated enforcement efforts on angling activity and coyote hunting. A coyote detail was worked in which investigations were conducted pertaining to chasing an animal with a motor vehicle, shooting from a motor vehicle, loaded guns in a motor vehicle, and careless driving. Enforcement action was taken for expired ATV registration, fail to display ATV registration, angling license issues, unmarked fish house, and fail to display license shelter tag.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored ATV, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and predator hunting activity. A predator hunting enforcement detail was worked with neighboring officers. Predator hunters are reminded that motor vehicles cannot be used to drive, chase, run over, or kill the animal. Fish houses cannot be stored at public accesses.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) worked ice anglers and snowmobiles. Hundreds of fish shelters blanket area lakes. Some lakes are producing fair walleye and crappie bites at varying times. A few area lakes have had their aerators activated. Many anglers have complained about others leaving trash on the ice.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) worked ice fishing, fish house, litter, and snowmobile enforcement. Cold temperatures didn?t stop ice fishermen with plenty of activity on area lakes. A fresh coating of snow was welcomed by snowmobilers. Hunting related investigations were also conducted dealing with hunter harassment, trespassing, and taking out of season. Littering continues to be a big topic of conversation among the ethical ice fishermen. Multiple ice fishermen have reported picking up large garbage bags of trash left behind by other fishermen. Thank you to all those sportsmen that are trying to keep our lakes clean.
CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Benson) reports checking ice fishermen and working a coyote detail with other officers during a coyote hunting tournament. Officer Kpachavi also conducted follow up investigations from the archery deer season.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) was part of a work detail where conservation officers checked multiple coyote hunters. Chasing coyotes with motor vehicles, shooting from motor vehicles, and transporting loaded firearms continues to be a problem in the area, this officer would like to remind hunters that this conduct is both unlawful and unsafe.
Lake Benton vacant.
Worthington - vacant.