Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2017-09-18

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar-West) checked archery deer hunters and noted some success. Time was spent on animal complaints. CO Denz also checked anglers and boaters.

CO Shane Vernier (Willmar-East) spent time working deer hunting activity over the archery opening weekend. He responded to calls including public land use, trespass, and burning complaints. CO Vernier followed up on a TIP complaint and took calls including questions about deer feeding, CWD, and trapping regulations.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent time working on a background investigation. CO Klehr also attended a firearm safety class at the Cedar Mills Rod and Gun Club where he talked to the kids about hunting rules and regulations. It was a nice weekend for the small game and archery openers where many people were able to get out and enjoy it. Time was spent working baiting, ATV, and trespass.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) worked goose and mourning dove hunting activity. He also worked angling, boating, invasive species, and ATV enforcement. Sunfish and walleye angling activity has picked up recently.

CO Dustin Miller (Windom) reports focusing enforcement activity over the past week on migratory waterfowl and deer hunting activity. Good numbers of geese were seen throughout the area for the final weekend of the early goose season. Archery hunters were contacted and ventured out despite wet conditions.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) patrolled his area checking activity relating to angling, dove, goose, archery deer, and small game hunting. CO Gruhlke answered questions concerning the upcoming duck season and he attended the Jackson County Ducks Unlimited annual banquet.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked with Eco-Waters staff regarding public waters violations in two areas. Beaver permits were issued. Outstanding investigations were completed. Questions were answered regarding upcoming hunting seasons. Blue-green algae has been seen on some lakes with warmer temperatures and recreationalists are reminded to keep themselves and their pets clear of the algae.

Hutchinson East vacant.

Hutchinson West vacant.