District 16 - New Ulm area
Last updated: 2014-10-14
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) worked the pheasant opener and noted light pressure and limited success. He checked a variety of diver ducks in the bag from waterfowl hunters. Denz also spoke on a weekly radio program, monitored ATV activity, and advised waterfowl hunters on AIS laws. A stolen firearm was recovered from a waterfowl hunter and will be returned.
CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) observed two hunters duck hunting on a local lake during the closed southern waterfowl season. During their check they admitted not being aware the season was closed. The two were also missing lifejackets in the boat. The pheasant opener was busy with the good weather. An ATV driven on a WMA was also investigated during the week. A call of a trumpeter swan shoot was taken.
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) reports rescuing a trumpeter swan with CO Mueller. The swan had been shot and is currently at the wildlife rehab center. Oberg reports some confusion on when the 4pm closure ended. Most hunters seemed to think they couldn?t hunt past 4pm until Sunday, when actually they could have on Saturday. Several popular lakes were without hunters on them past 4pm. Oberg also responded to TIP calls relating to rallying ducks, taking in open water, and shooting from a motor vehicle.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received complaints regarding an ongoing wanton waste case, early waterfowl shooting, taking deer during the closed season/illegal weapon, an over limit of squirrels and WMA violations. He also attended a District meeting. Nelson mainly worked small game, waterfowl, invasive species and deer hunting activities.
CO Mike Gruhlke (Jackson) worked waterfowl and pheasant hunters and invasive species enforcement throughout the weekend. Gruhlke noted very good waterfowl success again this past weekend and a fair take on pheasants. The county was quite busy both mornings. He also attended a district meeting discussing law updates and other issues.
CO Eric Schettler (Fairmont) checked turkey, deer, waterfowl and small game hunters this past week. Pheasant hunters did ok but not good.
Litchfield - vacant.
Willmar #1 - vacant.
Windom - vacant.