District 16 - New Ulm area
Last updated: 2013-12-10
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) continued to check muzzleloader and archery deer hunters. Ice fishing activity is picking up with ATVs and small vehicles observed on the ice in spite of variable ice conditions. He also spoke at two snowmobile safety classes, certified ginseng for export and followed up on a trapping complaint.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) checked ice anglers though out the week. She also investigated a possible baited area for deer hunting and spoke at a youth snowmobile safety class in Hutchinson. Mueller also attended a range safety class at Camp Ripley.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) focused on snowmobile enforcement and predator hunting. Snowmobilers were reminded about proper ditch operation as well as registration issues. Oberg also took time to check muzzleloader hunters but very few were found out and about. A good walleye bite was also worked on an area duck lake, with some limits were checked.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received calls regarding trespassing and taking deer during closed hours. He spent time on deer hunting, predator hunting, fishing and solid waste enforcement. Permanent fish houses are appearing on local lakes, but the bite has been slow. Ice thickness varies and is marginal at best on some bodies of water, so anglers need to use caution as usual while venturing onto the lakes and rivers.
CO Jason Beckmann (Windom) spent the week following up on investigations, checking deer hunters, pheasant hunters, and trapping activity. Preparations were made for upcoming safety classes. Training was attended at Camp Ripley.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) patrolled Jackson County continuing to work small and big game seasons and waterfowl. Gruhlke completed his radio program discussing topics including ice safety and area activity. Ice fishermen continue to venture out on area lakes and the Des Moines River. A complaint of shooting from a motor vehicle was reported. Some field hunting of geese continues.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) checked big game and small game hunters. Both recreational activities have had little success. The huge buzz is ice thickness and whom is brave enough to venture out. Ice thickness ranges in average of 8 inches with many open spots on lakes. Some larger shelters were placed on the ice this weekend and owners were advised of the license and ID requirement.
Litchfield - vacant.
Willmar #1 - vacant.