Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2017-11-20

CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato 1) followed up on cases from deer season this week. CO VanThuyne also investigated a shoot at big game animal from road right-of-way complaint and addressed complaints of tree stands being left overnight on WMAs.

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) spent a good portion of the week completing follow-up in regards to ongoing investigations. CO Henke also assisted with the ?B? season deer opener in southeast Minnesota. Few ducks are left in the area and even fewer duck hunters. Trespass complaints on pheasant hunters seem to be getting more common; ask permission before entering any private property.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent most of the week checking deer, pheasant, and waterfowl hunters. Additional time was spent checking ATV operators. Officer Ihnen also responded to a number of hunting related calls and completed follow up investigations from the firearms deer season.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato 2) spent time following up on cases from the deer season. The officer continued to work state property for pheasant hunting activity. Some anglers were checked and seem to be finding some fish. Assistance was also given to officers in southeast Minnesota checking hunters in the ?B? season.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) responded to calls related to deer hunting after the close of deer season this week. Other calls were answered related to waterfowl hunting.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked ATV, hunting, and trapping enforcement this week. A number of pheasant hunters made it to the field during this weekend?s nice weather. The officer checked 3-B deer hunters and followed up on ongoing investigations.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked hunters and ATV operators during the week. Several big game cases were investigated and multiple violations detected.

Spring Valley vacant.