Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 17 - Albert Lea area

Last updated: 2017-12-11

CO Jeremy Henke (Albert Lea) continued working on a background investigation for the upcoming academy in 2018. CO Henke also completed follow-up from the firearms deer season. Some late season pheasant hunters were checked. Fishing activity remains low in the area as most lakes do not have walkable ice yet.

CO Jamie VanThuyne (Mankato 1) worked trapping and fishing activity this week. CO VanThuyne also followed up on cases from deer season and assisted local agencies on several calls.

CO Luke Belgard (Faribault) worked angling, ATV, and muzzleloader deer activity this week. A few anglers have tested the ice, but are advised to use extreme caution at this point as ice is very thin and open water spots remain. The officer reports a busy end to the muzzleloader season with good deer movement producing a number of successful hunters.

CO Chris Howe (St. Peter) spent much of the week working on big game enforcement. Muzzleloader activity continued to be low, right to the end of the season. Assistance was given to the State Patrol during a winter storm with whiteout conditions. There were still some anglers fishing open water on the Minnesota River, while a few anglers began testing their luck on the ice near shore on area lakes. Early ice anglers are reminded to exercise extreme caution, which sometimes means waiting a couple more days after the ice fishing itch strikes.

CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato 2) followed up on complaints of individuals taking over-limits of walleye. Deer hunting activity was worked. Small game hunters and pheasant hunters were checked as well.

CO Chad Davis (Owatonna) checked deer hunters, small game hunters, goose hunters, and ATV operators. The officer also spent time monitoring trapping activity and investigating big game violations.

CO Brent Ihnen (Waseca) spent the week checking deer, pheasant, and waterfowl hunters. Additional time was spent patrolling for trapping activity and predator hunters. Officer Ihnen also gave a law and ethics presentation to a local snowmobile safety class.

Spring Valley vacant.