District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2016-10-17

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar-West) checked pheasant hunters. He received complaints about high water resulting from beaver activity. Officer Denz also checked waterfowl hunters and anglers.

CO Shane Vernier (Willmar-East) spent time checking fall anglers and waterfowl hunters. He also focused on pheasant hunters over the opening weekend. Other calls included nuisance beaver, car killed deer, illegal burning, and angling complaints.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent most of the week checking duck hunters and other small game hunters along with some fishermen. Lots of hunters were checked over the pheasant opener on Saturday and Sunday. A garbage dumping complaint was also investigated with the responsible person being tracked down.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson-West) continued training with a COC. The officers spent the week patrolling for area shore anglers as the walleye bite has been good on the Crow River. The officers also worked a busy pheasant opener, though hunters were reporting little success. The southern region waterfowl reopener was also worked. Many TIP complaints were investigated and enforcement action included no license in possession.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson-East) report working pheasant hunters on the opening weekend of the 2016 season. Officer Oberg saw plenty of birds while patrolling but very few in the bag. Officer Oberg also spent time checking duck hunters and walleye anglers. Enforcement action was taken for take waterfowl after hours. ATV activity was also worked with enforcement action taken for registration issues.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) responded to calls of taking pheasants during the closed season, hunting in a closed area, and injured wildlife. He worked small game, waterfowl, fishing, and off highway vehicle activity. Officer Nelson observed a decent pheasant harvest considering all the remaining standing corn. New waterfowl have moved into the area.

CO Dustin Miller (Windom) reports a busy weekend with pheasant hunting and the re-opening of the duck season for the south zone. Enforcement activity for the week was related to multiple license and stamp violations, littering, possession of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine, and WMA violations. Deer hunters are reminded that stands may not be left overnight on public property. Numerous contacts and complaints were taken related to portable stands being left overnight on WMA and WPA property.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) reports that he worked the pheasant opener and the waterfowl re-opener. The pheasant season was met with a good turnout of hunters. High winds and warm temperatures took its toll on many. He noted a decline in participants in the afternoon on Saturday and also on Sunday. There was light waterfowl activity. Officer Gruhlke also noted some ATV activity in the county.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) checked hunters, anglers and boaters. Both waterfowl hunters and pheasant hunters had the same comments, ?where are the birds?. Pheasant hunters were out in full force with fair weather, with a majority seeing very few birds. Officer Schetter conducted investigations into trespassing and fish over-limits. Enforcement action was taken for trespassing, fish over-limits, and game sanctuary violations.