District 15 - Marshall area

Last updated: 2014-10-21

CO Doug Lage (Marshall) performed his weekly radio show. Youth hunters were out in force. Hunting was great for the young and young- hearted with pheasants and duck numbers seeming very good. The Officer reminds youth hunters that they need to have a Firearms Safety Certificate and have it in their possession while hunting. Enforcement action was taken on stamps, WIA validation, license in possession and burning violations.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) attended the annual Lyon County Pheasants Forever youth hunt. While waiting with the youth hunters and mentors for legal shooting hours, a hunter was observed out walking a WMA near the event. A license check was done on that hunter and it was discovered that the hunter had taken a rooster before legal hours. Enforcement action was taken and the youth hunters were reminded of the importance of reading the regulation booklet before going out hunting. Waterfowl, archery deer, pheasant, turkey and other small game hunters were checked throughout the long MEA Weekend. Waterfowl numbers have dropped with local teal and wood ducks leaving the area.

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked archery deer, pheasant, and waterfowl hunters during the week. AIS & angling activity was also monitored. A report of deer that was shot with a firearm was taken in the Beardsley area of Big Stone County. Anyone with information is asked to call the Turn-in-Poachers hotline. Trespassing complaints were handled. AIS, hunting license, and trespassing violations were encountered.

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports hunters had a slow start to the pheasant opener. Numerous hunters commented about the sparse grassland habitat in the area. Fall fishing is picking back up with cooler temperatures. A complaint was received about someone dumping rotten corn and salt on a WMA southeast of Montevideo. Anyone with information should call CO Picht or the TIP line.

WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) worked a detail in in area counties. Follow-up was completed on several WCA and Public Waters violations. AIS checks were completed on several lakes and rivers and WMAs in the area.

Benson - vacant.

Madison - vacant.

Redwood Falls - vacant.

Worthington - vacant.