District 15 - Marshall area
Last updated: 2015-09-28
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working archery deer and waterfowl hunters. ?Swan? was the word of the day for Waterfowl Opener. An investigation is pending on a Trumpeter Swan shot from the sky above Robbins Slough. CO Robinson observed the shooting from a great distance. Also on the opener, an injured swan call was also handled; however, it was discovered to be an immature swan on his maiden voyage that got tired. Antlerless deer licensing questions abound. Enforcement action was taken for fishing license violations, waterfowl license and stamp violations, unplugged shotgun, and party hunting waterfowl.
CO Doug Lage (Marshall) conducted his weekly radio show on KLOH Radio. An AIS check point was administered near Lake Benton, several boats were inspected and a few citations were issued. A prohibited burn was detected and a citation was issued. Waterfowl season had a great day with a lot of ducks being taken. Enforcement action was taken for shooting from open water and license issues. Several duck boats were found with plugs in the boats and action was taken
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reported sloughs were full of hunters for the waterfowl opener. Temperatures around 60 degrees, clear skies, and light winds made it about a 2 1/2 hour hunt for most. Windy conditions on Sunday forced some duck hunters off bigger sloughs early. As expected, most of the ducks harvested were teal with some mallard, wood duck, gadwall, and shovelers mixed in. Time was spent during the week working fishing, boating, archery deer, small game, and ATV enforcement. Assistance was given with an AIS check station near Lake Benton.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) checked many hunters during the busy opening weekend of the waterfowl season. By far the most waterfowl hunters, this officer has seen on opening day. Hunter success varied amongst the groups checked. Puddle ducks were the predominant species taken. Hunters and landowners are encouraged to update themselves regarding legal water access for recreational use. Multiple violations related to waterfowl hunting were encountered.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) reports two blue bird days for duck opener resulted in an initial flurry for the first hour then action died down. A few limits of teal and wood ducks were seen. Complaints of shooting before hours and leaving decoys on public water were investigated. Enforcement action was taken for unplugged firearm, no license in possession, littering, leaving decoys on public water, and angling with extra lines.
Benson - vacant.
Madison - vacant.
Redwood Falls - vacant.
Worthington - vacant.