District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2014-11-25

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) followed up on cases from the firearms deer season. He continues to take trespass complaints regarding snowmobile operation and pheasant hunting. Denz spoke about regulations at a snowmobile safety class in New London.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent time during the week checking pheasant hunters and ice fishermen. Pheasant hunters are having some luck in this cold weather and seeing a few more birds moving around. Ice fishermen have to check the ice before going out and have to stay off of a few lakes due to the lack of ice. The lakes they are able to get on they are catching fish. There were even some deer left from the firearms deer season that were checked. The hunter hung them in a tree in his yard and they froze in the cold weather. The hunter had them tagged and registered.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) checked anglers taking advantage of the early ice. Anglers should be cautious as ice is still very thin in spots. She spoke at two probation groups meetings in Glencoe. She discussed hunting rules and regulations and answered a variety of questions. Mueller also answered questions on coyote hunting.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) followed up on some deer issues from the firearms season. Oberg also worked snowmobile enforcement in the area with a few sleds trying to get out before the snow melts. A work detail was also worked in the area.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) investigated calls of taking deer from the road, trapping and trespass violations. Anglers have been venturing onto the ice with little success. Ice conditions vary greatly and extreme care must be taken when fishing local lakes.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked small game, angling and big game enforcement throughout the week. Pheasant hunters have become more active now that the firearm season closed, with some having good success. There are fewer ducks and geese around although nearly all the snow cover is gone. A few anglers are venturing on to the area ice both on lakes and the Des Moines River.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) continued investigations from the firearms deer season. Waterfowl hunters were checked in fields. Anglers are venturing out on ice and reports are 3-4 inches of ice. Trapping activity picked up for a couple of days as weather warmed up.

Willmar #1 - vacant.

Windom - vacant.