CO Jeff Denz (Willmar-West) worked the firearms deer season and educated deer hunters about tagging and registration requirements, transporting loaded firearms, possession of marijuana, litter, trespass, feeding deer in the CWD zone, and hunting over bait. Time was also spent following up on trespass and hunting from the road complaints. He also checked waterfowl hunters and ATV operators.
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar-East) spent time working firearm deer season. He handled calls including transport loaded firearms, multiple shoot from the road complaints, illegal transport, and a waterfowl complaint. He issued several wildlife possession permits and spent time working complaint areas for shining.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent most of the week checking deer hunters and following up on poaching complaints. Enforcement action over the second weekend of the deer season included no blaze orange, hunting without a license, feeding during the feeding ban, and transporting a loaded firearm. CO Klehr also checked some duck hunters trying their luck before waters in the area are completely frozen over.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) worked waterfowl, deer hunting, and fishing enforcement. Late season deer hunting success seemed to improve. CO Nelson observed some good waterfowl and pheasant hunting success.
CO Dustin Miller (Windom) reports a busy firearms season continued over the past week with hunters beginning to report more success. Numerous complaints of shooting from motor vehicles and the roadway were fielded. Enforcement action was taken for transportation of loaded firearms, taking antlerless deer without required permit, and several lend/borrow cases resulting in enforcement action. Complaints of trespass and chasing deer with motor vehicles were fielded.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) patrolled his area checking activity relating to firearm deer, waterfowl, angling, archery deer, pheasant, and other small game activity. CO Gruhlke followed up on complaints of shooting from a motor vehicle and trespass. A dead juvenile trumpeter swan was reported laying in the middle of a township road. Highline wires were suspect in its death. Field hunting ducks and geese has been fruitful as many of the sloughs are iced over.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) concentrated efforts on deer hunting activity. Numerous questions were fielded. Trespassing and baiting complaints were investigated.
Hutchinson East vacant.
Hutchinson West vacant.