District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2014-09-30

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) worked waterfowl opener and noted overall good success with wood ducks. He followed up on trespass, shoot from motor vehicle, and late shooting complaints. Anglers were checked and waterfowl hunters were educated about AIS laws.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) had a busy and warm waterfowl weekend. Blue wing teal, mallards and wood ducks made up the majority of the mixed bags taken. Trespassing complaints were addressed as well as stamp and license issues. AIS and OHM was also worked during the week. Mueller also issued three cease and decease orders on a possible wetland violation.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) had the privilege to attend the Wildlife Management Area dedication to Conservationist Virgil Voigt D.V.M. in McLeod County this past week. Oberg also spent time working waterfowl opener where most hunters seem to bag a couple ducks. Ducks included pintail, redheads, hooded mergansers, blue wing teal, mallards, wood duck, and northern shovelers. Oberg encountered issues related to licenses, stamps and motorized devices.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) gave a presentation at a firearms safety training class. He also received calls regarding trespassing and taking waterfowl after closed hours. Nelson assisted the Sheriff?s Office with a river search. Nelson worked primarily waterfowl, angling, AIS and ATV enforcement.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked waterfowl opener. There were numerous hunters throughout the county. In most corners of the county it was a successful opener with blue wing teal, wood duck, mallard and spoonbill in the bag. Gruhlke also checked likely fishing spots for fall activity and also worked archery deer and small game hunting activity.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) worked watercraft and angling activity. Docks and lifts are slowly being removed. Waterfowl hunters and areas were checked. Warm weather was a huge factor in how long activity continued. Hunters were reminded of many rules and regulations. Birds taken were almost all juvenile and identification was a problem with hunters. Some hunters learned the value of a possessing a good dog in the field to retrieve downed and lost birds. A previous public waters violation was rescinded.

Litchfield - vacant.

Willmar #1 - vacant.

Windom - vacant.