Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2017-09-25

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) focused the majority of his time on waterfowl enforcement for opening weekend of the waterfowl season. Wood ducks and teal made up the majority of hunters bags, hunting pressure in the area was very high. CO Henke also contacted numerous ATV violations this week.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked hunters, anglers, boaters, ATV operators, and monitored AIS activity during the week. Despite the warm and humid conditions, most waterfowl hunters were able to bag a couple of ducks or geese. Several waterfowl violations were encountered as well as a violation in a state park, and illegal burning.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked angling, waterfowl hunting, and ATV enforcement this week. Activity was slower than normal for this weekend?s duck opener due to the unusually hot and sticky weather. Mallards and woodies were the most common species found in the bag. The officer continued work on a pre-employment background investigation.

CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato 1) focused on archery and waterfowl hunting this week. Blue-winged teal were the most common duck in hunters? bags over the weekend. CO VanThuyne also investigated an over limit case and checked watercraft for AIS compliance.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato 2) reports the waterfowl opener this past weekend was average. Most hunters were found to have at least a few birds, however, very few limits were seen. Calls of trespassing were handled. The officer also answered several questions on the upcoming small and big game hunting seasons.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking anglers, boaters, and ATV operators. Officer Ihnen also patrolled for deer and waterfowl hunters. In addition, public water accesses were monitored for litter and AIS violations.

Spring Valley vacant.