District 16 - New Ulm area

Last updated: 2016-11-28

CO Jeff Denz (Willmar-West) followed up on trespass complaints. He checked waterfowl hunters and anglers. Officer Denz also received concerns about injured animals.

CO Shane Vernier (Willmar-East) checked waterfowl and pheasant hunters throughout the week. He spent time on public land use and late shooting complaints. Contacts were made with many muzzleloader hunters over the opening weekend.

CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) worked on follow up investigations from the deer season. Restoration orders were delivered for wetlands that were tiled and drained. Officer Klehr also spent time checking duck hunters over the last few days of the season. Enforcement action was also taken for burning garbage. People are reminded that snow on the ground does not allow you to burn garbage and other prohibited materials.

CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson-West) followed up on cases from the deer season. She took a call of shooting from the road and after hours.

CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson-East) spent time checking waterfowl and pheasant hunters this week. Late season walleye anglers were also checked in the area with minimal success observed. Officer Oberg also worked the opening of the muzzleloader deer season. An injured swan call was handled and numerous calls were taken regarding deer hunting questions.

CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) worked waterfowl, boating, deer, and angling enforcement. Greater numbers of mallards and geese have moved into the area. Waterfowl hunting success still is not great. Anglers are having some success fishing river walleyes.

CO Dustin Miller (Windom) reports a busy week of conducting deer investigations. Muzzle-loader hunters encountered limited success through the first two days locally, but did see more deer moving during the day. Hunters are reminded that deer harvested need to be registered within 48 hours after the time of harvest. Violations investigated included the lend/borrow of deer licenses, unlawful party hunting, taking of antlerless deer without permit, deer over limits, failure to register deer as required, failure to validate deer licenses, trespass, and parents knowingly allowing minors to violate game laws. Trapping violations were also encountered with a party trapping without a license.

CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) reports that he worked small game, big game, trapping, and angling enforcement. He responded to calls concerning reported insufficient use of blaze orange, potentially hunting late for pheasants, car kill deer permit, and other phone calls relating to muzzleloader deer season. Angling has slowed down in the area and there is some field hunting for waterfowl taking place.

CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) checked deer, small game, and waterfowl hunters. Trapping activity remains lower than normal. Angling activity continues to be strong. Trespassing complaints were investigated.