District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2014-11-25

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) continues to follow up on cases from this past week?s deer season. Some snowmobiling activity is being seen. The officer also reports ice fishing activity is picking up due the cold weather.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week patrolling for deer, pheasant and waterfowl hunters. Additional time was spent checking snowmobile operators who were taking advantage of recent snowfall. Officer Ihnen also responded to several calls relating to injured deer following the firearms season, as well as complaints of trespassing.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) worked big game and small game activity during the week. Complaints were received regarding deer hunting activity. Several violations were encountered.

CO Steve Chihak (Spring Valley) spent the week following up on investigations from the firearms deer hunting A season. The firearms deer hunting B season opener was worked over the weekend. An illegal shooting of a trumpeter swan was investigated with enforcement action taken. Requests from the public seeking information were returned.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) worked on wrapping up cases from deer season. Some ice anglers have been out, pressing their luck. One angler reported 3 to 4 inches of ice in some places, with many other places where the chisel went through the ice on the first poke as he was walking. Lots of water was seen on top of the thin ice, with Sunday?s warm weather.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked the opening of the 3B firearms deer season. Hunters with the wrong license or in the wrong zone were common issues. Waterfowl hunters and archery hunters were also checked.

WREO Julie Siems worked 3B deer opener resulting in APR, unlawful party hunting and lend/borrow violations. Non-compliance with the lake service provider permit was also addressed.

Albert Lea - vacant.

Mankato #1 - vacant.