District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2016-12-05

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week patrolling for deer, pheasant and waterfowl hunting activity. Additional time was spent checking trappers and predator hunters. A trespassing complaint was also handled.

CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato 1) focused on muzzleloader and ATV activity this week. There were still a few duck hunters out hoping to bag some birds as the season comes to a close. Officer VanThuyne also responded to numerous calls pertaining to trespass and wildlife complaints.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) checked waterfowl and muzzleloader deer this week. Both activities were generally slow. There are still a few anglers out in boats, but most outdoor sports enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting ice and snow.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) focused on muzzleloader deer and waterfowl activity this week. The officer worked a number of special muzzleloader hunts at area state parks with some hunters seeing success. Waterfowl hunters also made their way out for the closing days of the duck season.

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) reports focusing time on waterfowl, big game and fishing enforcement. CO Henke reports that many waterfowl hunters got out to enjoy the end of the season and were able to find a few birds. CO Henke assisted neighboring officers with incidents. Calls from the public were returned and TIP reports investigated. CO Henke also gave a presentation at a Snowmobile Safety Class in Albert Lea.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked deer hunters, migratory waterfowl hunters, and small game hunters. Trappers, anglers, and ATV operators were also checked during the week.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato 2) worked small game and muzzleloader hunters last week. Assistance was given to the State Park staff for a park muzzleloader deer hunt. Fall angling continues to be an area of focus as several fishermen are finding a good amount of fish on area lakes and rivers. A trapping complaint was also handled.

Spring Valley vacant.