District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2014-10-21

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) worked waterfowl hunters and noted overall harvest was very low. Denz also checked archery hunters and followed up on trespass and nuisance beaver complaints.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) assisted with the McLeod County youth pheasant hunt. It was great to see some first time hunters get the chance to shoot some birds. She followed up on a TIP complaint of an ATV driving on WIA land to retrieve a deer. Mueller also spoke at a youth ATV safety class. Multiple nuisance beaver reports were taken as well. A good walleye bite was watched throughout the week on a local lake.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) reports plenty of ducks and duck hunters in the area. Divers are really starting to show up in good numbers. Oberg would like to remind hunters to not leave decoys out overnight on public waters. Oberg assisted DNR wildlife with a shallow lake project. An instructor level firearms class was also attended.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received complaints of deer baiting, early shooting, wanton waste, motor vehicle trespass on WMAs and illegal off highway vehicle operation. He worked primarily waterfowl, deer, small game and AIS activities. Waterfowl hunting success was low in the area.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked waterfowl and pheasant hunters. He received complaints of driving on an AMA and trespass relating to duck hunting. Gruhlke also cooperated with the Jackson County Central Ag class and accepted a job shadow during the week. He also completed his weekly radio program. Gruhlke noted that walleye action in occurring on some lakes and the river.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) continued concentration of enforcement activity on small game and waterfowl hunting activity. Pheasant hunters have decreased dramatically. Angling activity continues with little to no luck on the water. WMAs and WPAs were patrolled.

Litchfield - vacant.

Willmar #1 - vacant.

Windom - vacant.