District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2015-10-13

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) worked the pheasant opener and noted overall good success. He checked waterfowl hunters in addition to archery hunters. Denz followed up on nuisance beaver complaints and trespass complaints.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) attended an aeration safety meeting to start the week. Time was also spent working with other agencies looking over ongoing wetland issues. Anglers were checked having great success during the week. During the weekend duck and pheasant opener a few duck hunters had issues of not having licenses, plugs, life jackets in boats, and using motors on WPAs. Pheasant hunters were not having much luck around the area with lots of corn still standing and the warm temps. One group had to go back and get their guns that they hid in the weeds in an attempt to say they were not hunting pheasants because they did not have a pheasant stamp.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) continued to work on a background investigation. She also worked the TIP line during the warm pheasant opener weekend.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) worked the very balmy opening to the 2015 Pheasant season this week. Hunter numbers were noticeably lower compared to past years. Roosters were also few and far between. However, Oberg reports seeing multiple pheasants while patrolling on opening weekend; several of which were roosters. With forecasted cooler weather and the rapid pace that crops are coming out in the area pheasant hunting success should pick up. A firearm safety talk was given in Henderson. Enforcement action was taken for waterfowl license issues.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received complaints of taking waterfowl during the closed season and taking pheasants before legal shooting hours. He worked mainly small game, angling, boating, ATV, and public waters activities. The opening weekend pheasant harvest appeared better than the last two years.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked sport fishing, small game and archery deer hunting, and the pheasant opener. He followed up on complaints of snagging fish, hunting ducks and geese out of season, and trespass. He observed few limits of pheasants but noted that most groups had a bird or two. Walleye activity is picking up.

Willmar #1 - vacant.

Windom - vacant.