Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2018-01-16

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar-West) checked anglers and spearing activity. He issued car kill deer permits. Time was also spent following up on trapping and predator hunting complaints.

CO Shane Vernier (Willmar-East) spent time working ice angling and ATV activity. He followed up on a litter complaint and deer season violations. CO Vernier also spent time working a trapping complaint.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) assisted the Meeker County Sheriff?s Office with locating where a vehicle went through the ice on Lake Washington. Lots of people have been making comments to CO Klehr that with the cold temps all the ice is good and they can drive anywhere on the lakes, however this is a good reminder that no ice is ever 100% safe. All the occupants in the vehicle made it out of the vehicle. Other time was spent checking anglers. There was a large turnout of trout fishermen for the opener on Saturday and most anglers were having some luck.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) worked ice fishing and ATV activity. He saw a large number of anglers and some quality walleyes, crappies, and perch. Angling without license in possession, fail to display shelter license, fail to display shelter identification, and angling with extra line violations were prevalent.

CO Dustin Miller (Windom) reports a deer investigation resulted in enforcement action being taken for over-limit of deer, numerous lend/borrow violations, and transportation of illegally taken deer. Multiple deer and hunting equipment were seized as a result of the investigation. Ice angling activity was worked and enforcement action was taken for extra lines, unattended lines, ice house license violations, and possession of drug paraphernalia. CO Miller also worked the booth at the Minneapolis Boat Show. Assistance was given to the MSP with accidents that occurred over the weekend.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) patrolled his area checking activity relating to fishing and ATV operation. Perch, walleye, and bluegill are biting on area lakes. He also completed his radio program discussing topics including Take a Kid Ice Fishing weekend, ice safety, and registration of ATV?s and snowmobiles.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) checked anglers, shelters, and ATV?s. Ice conditions have improved, however snow conditions have not.

Hutchinson East vacant.

Hutchinson West vacant.