District 15 - Marshall area
Last updated: 2014-11-18
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports that 12 inches of snow changed both the landscape and the outdoor recreation rapidly. Deer hunters appeared to trade their blaze orange for portable fish houses as about two dozen were seen on the ice. Word with the goose hunters is that the geese left Canada but have not gathered in mass at Lac que Parle.
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) worked the firearms deer season and also checked pheasant and waterfowl hunters. Cold temperatures, wind, and 3-6 inches of snow over the weekend made things difficult for deer hunters. Most of the investigations worked during the deer season dealt with trespassing, illegal road hunting, and tagging/registration issues. Waterfowl numbers are dropping fast with most lakes and rivers froze up but a few field hunters had success.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) focused enforcement efforts towards firearms deer hunters. Multiple complaints of hunters shooting from motor vehicles and the roadway were taken. Trespassing issues were also addressed. A 10-point buck was illegally shot with a rifle and left for dead, just west of Big Stone State Park, off of Minnesota Hwy 7. The violator stopped in the traffic lane and shot from a motor vehicle. Anyone with information regarding this violation is encouraged to call the Turn-in-Poachers hotline @ (800) 652-9093. You can remain anonymous and a reward can be given upon conviction.
CO Doug Lage (Marshall) conducted his weekly radio show on KLOH radio. Failure to register is a problem with hunters forgetting or not understanding they must register deer 48 hours after the take. It is required to sight tag and register a deer before butchering starts. Snow conditions slowed the deer harvest.
WREO Larry Hanson (Southern Region) worked on a WCA violation with the Redwood County Attorney and attended a site visit in Lyon County on a Public Waters violation. Empty stations were worked and enforcement action was taken for an untagged deer. A car killed deer tag was also issued. Water accesses were checked for AIS issues in Murray Co.
Benson - vacant.
Madison - vacant.
Redwood Falls - vacant.
Worthington - vacant.