Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 15 - Marshall area

Last updated: 2017-10-16

CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports spotted success for pheasant opener. An anonymous Tip call resulted in multiple people being cited for angling with an extra line. The Hwy 40 fishing pier was shut down due to flood waters breaking it in half. Other violations encountered included fail to remove vegetation from duck boat, fail to register deer, loaded firearm, no license, no pheasant stamp, and no life jacket.

CO Luke Gutzwiller (Madison) completed a background investigation and assisted with the Governor?s Pheasant Opener. The majority of hunters contacted found pheasant and duck hunting to be tough. Many believed this may be due to the fact a large amount of the agricultural crops have not been harvested in area fields and continue to hold water in many places. A variety of violations were encountered including license issues and transporting loaded firearms in a motor vehicle.

CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports the Governor?s Pheasant Opener was busy with a great turnout for all the events. As anticipated, pheasant hunting success was down with fall harvest just getting underway. With the southern zone waterfowl season reopen, waterfowl hunters continue to wait for a northern push of ducks. A few hunting groups were able to have some good shooting for teal, wood ducks, mallards, shovelers, and widgeon. Fishermen are having good success for walleye, especially working the shorelines at sunrise and sunset.

CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Benson) reports checking hunters and anglers during the week. Pheasant opener brought many hunters to the area who reported moderate success. Many hunters reported seeing roosters on the edge of cropland but with wet conditions contributing to a later harvest, it was difficult to get a good shot on many birds. Enforcement action included license violations.

CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week checking anglers and working deer investigations. Pheasant opener fielded fewer hunters than most years but most public lands were still walked by hopeful sportsmen and their dogs. Pheasant success was only fair as virtually all the crops are still in the fields and many still display standing water. Duck numbers seem only slightly better than during the first season. Enforcement action was taken on trespass, no sex ID, and license/stamp violations.

CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) focused enforcement efforts on angling, archery deer hunting, pheasant hunting, and waterfowl hunting. Pheasant hunters had mixed success amongst the groups checked. Hunting and license violations were encountered.

CO Andrew Dirks (Redwood Falls) checked pheasant hunters for opening weekend. There was a lot of hunting activity but hunters were having limited success due to the amount of corn remaining in the fields.

Lake Benton vacant.

Worthington vacant.